College of Health Professions

Health Information Technology

By studying health information, students at UNOH will acquire a versatile, yet focused, skill set incorporating medical terminology, information technology, leadership, and management skills.

Associate Degree

Health Information professionals use their knowledge of information technology and records management to form the link between clinicians, administrators, health providers, technology designers, and information technology professionals. The Health Information Technology program at UNOH incorporates the disciplines of medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law into one curriculum. Because of this unique mixture, health information technicians can choose from a variety of work settings across an array of healthcare environments.

When you graduate with an Associate’s Degree from UNOH in Health Information Technology, upon passing a certification exam, you will be considered a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Professionals holding the RHIT credentials are responsible for:

  • Ensuring the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into various computer systems.
  • Using computer applications to gather and analyze patient data in order to improve patient care and control costs.
  • Specializing in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for payment and research. Some RHIT’s specialize in cancer treatment and they are responsible for compiling and maintaining data on cancer patients specifically.

With experience, the RHIT credential holds solid potential for advancement to management positions.

Most RHIT certified professionals will work in hospitals, but they are also found in office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. RHIT’s may be employed in ANY organization that uses patient data or health information, such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, and health product vendors.

Competitive Salaries

Competitive salaries also await UNOH HIT graduates. More than half of new health information graduates with a degree start with salaries in the $30,000 to $50,000 range. By five years out, one can earn upwards of $50,000 to $75,000 annually.

Average Salary - $42,670

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Growth

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics expects job growth in the Health Information Technology Field to be much faster than average. Jobs available are expected in increase by more than 20% through the year 2018!

Multiple Job Opportunities

Health information encompasses a wide range of job functions and settings. Among these, are medical records management, privacy officer, risk management, medical coding, corporate compliance, and data analysis and reporting.

Industries with an increased demand for health information professionals include academic institutions, consulting agencies, government agencies, and healthcare software companies. As health information technology becomes more prevalent, health information practitioners will continue to be critical components of the electronic health record (EHR) workforce. According to the US Department of Labor, HIT will grow to encompass new support positions, including mobile support adoption positions, public health informatics, implementation support specialists, and information management redesign specialists.