Each time a patient visits their doctor, goes to the hospital or requires x-rays or laboratory testing, a medical record is prepared with patient information, observations on the patient and how the patient was medically treated. Health information technicians review and organize the documents, ensuring the records are accurate and complete. Patient medical records are maintained on computers and in record files by health information technicians. Every procedure and diagnosis for a patient is assigned a code composed of letters and numbers. These codes determine how much money will be paid by Medicare or insurance companies to the physician or hospital treating the patient. Health information technicians collect and analyze data for surveys and research, cost containment, and legal matters.
A graduate of the Health Information Technology program is eligible to sit for the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). The skills and knowledge are applicable to a vast variety of job tasks, responsibilities and employment settings.
RHIT's may also transfer to college or university programs for Bachelor's or higher degrees in Health Information Management which after graduation enables them to be eligible to sit for the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). Please see the program director for more information.
NOTE: Effective July 1, 1995, the Medical Record Technician Program at Rose State College was renamed the Health Information Technology Program. All course with an HSMR department prefix changed to an HSHI prefix.