Health Information Management
Health Information Management (HIM) blends the sciences of medicine and information technology and focuses on applied healthcare statistics, information resources, legislative rules, and quality assurance to ensure that the most up-to-date information is available to make informed decisions. Health Information professionals are key advocates for protecting the privacy and confidentiality of patient information and serve as the critical link between clinicians, patients, policy makers, and others by managing healthcare information in accordance with administrative, legal and ethical requirements. Health Information professionals are experts in the field of electronic health records, patient information, quality assessment, reimbursement, health planning, and applied research.
Alabama State University’s HIM program will equip its students with information needed to succeed in the Health Information Management arena. Each student will have a solid foundation with courses in biology, medical terminology, pathophysiology, healthcare financial management, informational systems/design, quality assessment and research methodology. Each student will explore the world of healthcare, and develop entry-level competencies in the field through year-long clinical affiliations in health information management departments within healthcare facilities.
A detailed description of the HIM program may also be found in the Undergraduate Catalog and the HIM Student Handbook. These sources accurately reflect the requirements and description of the entry-level Health Information Management baccalaureate program.
Accreditation is a mechanism for assuring academic quality in higher education. The institution that sponsors an accredited CAHIIM program is required to have institutional accreditation by a regional or qualified institutional accreditor which must be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and must have provisions for Title IV Eligibility. This allows that institution to provide:
- Eligibility for Federal Financial Aid.
- Ability to Transfer Credits: Accreditation provides for establishing the acceptability of credits from school to school.
- Ability to enroll in Graduate education: If your undergraduate degree was earned at an unaccredited institution you run the risk that the graduate school in which you would like to enroll will not accept your degree.
Professional programmatic accreditation means that in addition to the college or university's regional or national accreditation, programs in health information and health informatics may choose to seek CAHIIM accreditation, which is a voluntary peer review process to evaluate the program of study against CAHIIM Standards.
Graduation from a CAHIIM accredited program is necessary to be eligible for the AHIMA professional HIM certification exam. CAHIIM accredited programs are quality programs that provide professionally required knowledge and skills, and employment marketability. Graduating from a CAHIIM accredited program offers employers assurance that you have the expected professional knowledge and skills, and have experienced a curriculum that is relevant to today's electronic health record (EHR) environment.
Alabama State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Additionally, the Health Information Management Program is accredited by CAHIIM. For more information, please visit the CAHIIM site at: http://www.cahiim.org/accreditation/accreditation.html. Its offices are located at 233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2150, Chicago, IL 60601.