|Field of Study:||Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
|Description:||In this challenging two-year diploma program, students will learn to use computer technologies to capture and analyze data, and to create health information for healthcare delivery use, financial and management planning. Health records are the primary source of information used by hospitals and health care facilities to code services for reimbursement purposes. This information is also needed by public health officials to indicate disease patterns and trends, and by medical researchers for analysis, comparison and decision support.
Health service careers are among the fastest growing occupations in the economy. In the healthcare field, this really is the information age. There's a whole new growth market for the skills and training of health information management and health records professionals. An aging population and increasing health care needs, combined with the focus on accountability, efficiency and effectiveness of health care services delivery, has led to a skills shortage. You will graduate equipped with very marketable skills in the health information management sector. Some of those skills will include expertise in the following areas: data quality, data collection and coding, record /systems management, privacy, confidentiality and security of health information, and transitioning to the electronic health record.
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You should plan to spend approximately $1200.00 for books and software in your first year ($750.00 of this in first semester) and $650.00 for your second year. There may be additional living expense costs during the placements in Semester 2 and 4.
As well, in your role as a future HIM professional, you will be expected to join the national and provincial HIM organizations as a student member, a cost of approximately $60.00.