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Health-Care Data Technology

Program at a Glance

Health Care Data Technology is a two-year program of study that is designed to prepare students for office positions in hospitals, doctor’s offices, health clinics, insurance companies, nursing homes, and other health-related organizations.

  • A student enrolled in Health Care Data Technology will develop skills using medical terminology, accounting, transcription, ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM coding, and computer software applications.
  • Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data. They ensure its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.
  • Students will be prepared to work in these environments as a medical billing and coding specialist, medical transcriptionist, medical office assistant, medical file clerk or medical office secretary.
  • The Associate of Applied Science degree is earned upon the successful completion of the program.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, the student should be qualified to sit for the Certified Professional Coding Exam (CPC) through AAPC.

What can I expect from a career in Health-Care DataTechnology?

  • According to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • The demand for health services is expected to increase as an aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures.
  • The median annual wage for health information technicians was $34,160 in May 2012.

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