Healthcare Information Technology

  • What Does HCIT Involve?

    Global HealthcareIndustry research has identified Healthcare Information Technology to be in high demand, thanks to it’s hybrid blend of clinical health practices and information technology.

    Programs include the subjects of front office protocols and technologies, computer information systems, finance, information technology, and legal and ethical issues throughout the courses.

    This diverse curriculum allows HCIT students to select from a variety of workplace settings such as medical offices, acute care facilities, independent businesses and local government institutions.

    HCIT is the link for health care providers, technology designers and information technology; and is bridging patients, payers and regulatory agencies with healthcare information.

    There are several pathways from the HCIT model to HIM (Healthcare Information Management) practitioners that will demonstrate leadership and management of health information in all formats (paper, scanned, or computerized forms), and are a critical component of the electronic health record (EHR) work-force.

    Available at Saddleback College

  • Are you right for HCIT?

    Would you like to work in health care, but not directly with patients?

    Do you want to help prevent medical identify theft?

    Do you want to reduce medication errors?

    Do you want a career that offers flexibility in your work environment?

    Do you enjoy working with professionals (physicians, nurses, lawyers, administrators and executives)?

    Do you have a high level of organizational skills?

    Do you embrace change and welcome challenge?

    Do you have strong communication skills?

    Do you value honesty and integrity in all aspects of your life?

    If so, you should consider a career in HCIT!

    Medicine of the future

    Available at Saddleback College

  • Courses in HCIT

    Medical Terminology


    Application and orientation to medical terminology, basic structure of medical terms and their components- roots, prefixes, suffixes and combining forms. Emphasizes analysis, meaning, spelling and pronunciation to building a medical vocabulary applicable to the specialties of medicine, major diseases and terms used on physical examination, diagnosis and treatment.

    Course delivery: Online
    Total hours: 6 hours/week for 8 weeks (48 hours total)
    Start Date January 17, 2017
    End Date: March 13, 2017

    Exploring Computers


    This course is designed to afford students the opportunity to acquire basic digital office technology skills used in the modern office, including those related to computer processes, Internet technologies, social media, word processing, spreadsheets, relational databases, and communication software such as e-mail, presentation, and information dissemination applications. The course is intended for those seeking entry-level clerical office positions in a modern medical setting

    Course delivery: Online
    Total hours: 5 hours/week for 8 weeks (40hrs total)
    Start Date: February 8, 2017
    End Date: March 31, 2017


    Structure Query Language (SQL) for Healthcare Information Tech


    This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge to work get started learning SQL, the standard data query language used in almost all databases today. SQL is one of the most common tools used to query relational databases. This course teaches you how to use SQL to retrieve, insert, update, and delete information from relational databases in a sophisticated manner.

    Course delivery: Online
    Total hours: 5 hours/week for 8 weeks (40hrs total)
    Start Date: March 6, 2017 (includes Spring Break)
    End Date: May 6, 2017

    Healthcare Organization Practices


    This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge to work in entry- level office administrative positions for various health-care facilities. Discussions will include medical ethics, legal responsibilities, and appropriate communications skills. A practical “hands-on” learning approach to concepts, skills and applied applications of computer software programs will be introduced. Medical office software for completing patient registration, records, appointment scheduling, and billing and collection will be examined.

    Course delivery: Online
    Total hours: 10 hours/week for 8 weeks (80hrs total)
    Start Date: June 26, 2017
    End Date: August 19, 2017

    Business Intelligence Tools and Reporting


    Accessing and analyzing your data is of critical importance in the health care industry. Business Intelligence tools allow you to do this. Learn how to develop database-independent reports using industry-standard reporting tools.

    Course delivery: Online
    Total hours: 5 hours/week for 6 weeks (40hrs total)
    Start Date: May 15, 2017
    End Date: June 24, 2017

    Healthcare Information Technology (HCIT) Capstone


    This capstone course covers technologies used to manage of health information; communication and network technologies; data and information file structures; health data collection tools, health information exchanges, data and interchange standards, consumer informatics, data integrity and security. Federal efforts enhancing healthcare quality via use of technology, and the SDLC process are covered. Labs allow students to interact with various health information management related software.

    Course delivery: Online
    Total hours: 10 hours/week for 8 weeks (80hrs total)
    Start Date: August 21, 2017
    End Date: October 16, 2017

    Training and books/training materials are at no cost for participants.

    Available at Saddleback College

  • Jobs in HCIT

    Health Information Technology (HIT) professionals are in great demand. According to the California Employment Development Department (EDD), the need for HIT’s in the health care industry is expected to increase by 19% from 2010-2020 with 680 average annual job openings in California.

    • Clinical Coding Specialist
    • Privacy Officer
    • Data Quality Manager
    • Risk Manager
    • Compliance Officer
    • HI Manager
    • Reimbursement Specialist
    • HI Director
    • Documentation Specialist
    • Data Analyst

    HIT and coding credentials can be pursued through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

    RHIT- Registered Health Information Technician
    (requires Associate Degree)

    CCA - Certified Coding Associate
    (no degree certificate required, must pass exam)

    CCS/CCS-P - Certified Coding Specialist/Certified Coding Specialist Physician Based
    (must pass exam offered by AHIMA)

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    Calm doctor

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  • HCIT Model Curriculum

    Purpose of the HCIT Model Curriculum

    The purpose of this model curriculum is to provide a resource that can be used in its entirety or adapted as needed by faculty for instruction. The model curriculum may be beneficial to those starting new programs, involved in program improvement, or program review. The Healthcare Information Technology model curriculum is available to any educational entity in the State of California interested in providing students with the tools and skills to be successful in this entry level allied health occupation program. This program was designed for the incumbent workforce, but can be applied to a credited college low bearing certificate program, leading to a stackable credential.

    The “Healthcare Information Technology” model curriculum, with participation from College of the Canyons, Saddleback College and Santa Barbara City College, will address the increasing need for skilled workers in the health care information technology field. As the trend continues to access healthcare information electronically, the demand for a strong supply of skilled workers continues to rise. The Deputy Sector Navigators for the Health and Information & Communication Technologies sectors have merged with industry and education to address the needs identified in Health Information Technology (HIT) and Healthcare Information Technology (HCIT) (Appendix A). This collaboration has joined together experts from industry, local and national associations, and community college educators to identify skill gaps, coordinate competencies, and align curriculum.

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    HCIT Model Curriculum

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