Health Information Management (HIM) improves the quality of healthcare by ensuring that the best information is available to make any health care decision. HIM professionals manage health care data and information resources.  The profession encompasses services in planning, data collection, analyzing, and disseminating individual patient and aggregate clinical data.  It serves the health care industry including: patient care organizations payers, research and policy agencies, and health care related industries (AHIMA, January 2013).
Contact

Jennifer Briscoe
Program Lead
541-880-2322
7390 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
 
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Mission


Klamath Community College is a community based institution that is driven by student success, workforce training, and academic transfer and/or completion.

The Health Information Management Department prepares students to become quality Health Information Technicians. The department provides training in the protection of written and electronic patient information, evaluation of records, quality clinician performance, and coding  & billing accuracy.  Successful graduates may also have opportunities in data abstracts for medical research.
 
To promote student success, the department has incorporated simulation EHR experience, professional practicum, and encourages memberships in state and national organizations to improve workforce access.  Through this training, the department provides avenues to successful careers.
Career Opportunities
HIM professionals include coders, medical transcriptions, cancer registrars, HIM directors, compliance officers, health data analysis, HIM system managers, directors of quality management, health information technologies (EHR) and myriad of other titles that run the gamut through HIM,  these are the most common. 
 
 

Degree Options


Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Health Information Management: Graduates will hold many diverse and unique skill sets. They will gain expertise in data collection, analysis, monitoring, maintenance and reporting activities in accordance with data quality princples, legal and regulatory standards, and professional best practice guidelines. These functions encompass, among other areas, processing and using health data for treatment, billing, compliance, and surveillance purposes.

Program Goals


  • To offer the opportunity for all individuals, regardless of race, gender, or belief to acquire the necessary educational foundation required to demonstrate the entry-level competencies of health information as defined by the American Health Information Management Association. The curriculum will include all required elements of an AHIMA/CAHIIM Health Information Technician Education Program, which are nationally accepted standards. 
  • To provide an educational opportunity for the community of interest including new students, employees currently in the HIM field, and to provide the community with quality graduates prepared to function effectively in the high demanding field of healthcare.
  • To increase enrollment and retention by actively marketing and recruiting students for the HIM program.
  • To retain faculty members who are involved in ongoing educational and professional growth activities.