Professionals in the field of health information management are the experts who secure, analyze, integrate and manage information that guides the health care industry. This information is important to patient care, research, health care planning, and decision making, liability protection, quality improvement and reimbursement of claims.
Hutchinson Community College's Health Information Management program utilizes the AHIMA Virtual Lab Academy - an Internet-based, practical, participative, HIM work environment featuring multiple software applications. Through the VLab, students can access and experience state-of-the-art software including the Master Patient Index (MPI), Electronic Health Record (EHR), Nuance Clintegrity, Find-A-Code, and 3M Encoder applications, Electronic Document Management Systems (EDMS), Release of Information (ROI) and other applications regularly used in the working world. Students will learn about standard processes, identity management, identification and correction of medical records, prevention of duplicate records, and more. The VLab is essential in preparing students for their on-site experience!
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The Health Information Management accreditor of Hutchinson Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2029-2030. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to promote student success in the Health Information Management program and in the health record profession, it is necessary to establish criteria to assist in the selection of students.
1. High school graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for the final six semesters of high school, or minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for a minimum of 12 semester hours of college, or minimum GED average standard score of 58.
2. Student will need to have access to the internet and a computer or similar device.