Health Informatics is an evolving specialization that links information technology, communications, and healthcare to improve the quality and safety of patient care. Health Information Specialists (HIS) work in healthcare organizations to establish and maintain information systems. This involves ensuring that the systems comply with company policies, government regulations, and legal and ethical practices. The HIS is involved with research of technology systems and planning for implementation of the chosen system. Implementation of the system will also include testing of the system before implementation, de-bugging, and optimizing the system as necessary. The HIS will also troubleshoot systems whenever issues are encountered and provide support to users throughout the organization. The specialist may be directly involved with employee training, determining needs, and developing action plans.
Professional duties of HIS’s include assessing workflows, selecting hardware and software systems, working with vendors, installing and testing IT systems, diagnosing IT problems, and training staff on systems. As providers are required to enhance and implement EHR systems, HIS’s will continue to be in demand and involved in implementing and upgrading systems and work toward achieving the three stages of meaningful use.
Upon completion of the HIS program, graduates will be eligible to sit for several types of Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHIT) credentialing exams through AHiMA.
The Health Information Specialist program is three semesters, beginning each Fall with completion in August, in a 100% online delivery format. There is no formal application process for the program at this time, however, application to Northeast and placement testing via TSI is required before students may register for the program classes.
Spring 2018 Information Session Schedule for Health Informatics, Medical Coding, Medical Assisting, and Healthcare Management:
Monday, Feb. 12, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Friday Feb 23, 9:00am- 10:00am
Thursday, Mar. 29, 6:30pm– 7:30pm
Tuesday, April 10, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Friday, April 13, 9:00am –10:00am
All information sessions will be held at our Main Campus in UHS 245.