|Field of Study:||Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
|Description:||Personal health information about Canadians is being collected, recorded, reviewed, and transmitted every day. Informed decisions affecting health services can only be achieved with the best information available. The role of health information management goes beyond managing health records to managing the information contained in those records. Using computer skills and knowledge of health care fundamentals, critical medical information is translated from the patient health records into data following national data standards. The health information management professional then interprets the data to provide comprehensive quality information for patient care, resource allocation, statistics, research, planning and education. Due to the heavy computer component of this program, students are required to have access to a personal computer and Internet.
The Health Information Management program is two years in length and is divided into three semesters for each year. The fall and winter semesters for year one and two involve classroom instruction, some of which is in a computer lab at SAIT working with industry-specific software. The spring semester for year one involves a six week unpaid practicum placement at a small to medium sized healthcare facility. During the spring semester of year two, students will complete an eight-week, unpaid practicum at a large, urban center. Note: There is a possibility of out-of-province placements due to a shortage of practicum sites within Alberta. It is also common for placements to be outside the city of Calgary.