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Health IT Certificate Series. www.collin.edu/ce. Why Health IT?. Health information technology (health IT) makes it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information.

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why health it
Why Health IT?
  • Health information technology (health IT) makes it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information.
  • Health IT includes the use of electronic health records (EHRs) instead of paper medical records to maintain people's health

information.

  • The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical

Health (HITECH) Act - office of the National Coordinator,

Healthcare & Human Services coordinates this nationwide effort.

  • Migration to Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Mandatory – Federal Mandate
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Health IT Certificate Series
  • Health Informatics
    • Combines healthcare, information technology and business administration.
    • Focuses on implementation and optimization of the information systems that support a clinical practice.
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Health IT Certificate Series
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • Shortfall of Health IT workers through 2015 and beyond
    • Occupational outlook expected to increase faster than average through 2018
    • Health IT workers will be in great demand as hospitals, physician offices and other health providers move to electronic medical records
what is the driving force behind health it
What is the driving force behind Health IT?
  • The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide a financial incentive for the "meaningful use" of certified EHR technology to achieve health and efficiency goals.
  • *By putting into action and meaningfully using an

EHR system, providers will reap benefits beyond

financial incentives–such as reduction in errors,

availability of records and data, reminders and alerts

clinical decision support, and e-prescribing/refill

automation.

* Source: Office of the National Coordinator, Healthcare & Human Services

what is meaningful use
What is "Meaningful Use"?
  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 specifies three main components of Meaningful Use:
  • The use of a certified EHR in a meaningful manner, such as

e-prescribing.

  • The use of certified EHR technology for electronic exchange of health information to improve quality of health care.
  • The use of certified EHR technology to submit clinical quality

and other measures.

  • “Meaningful use" means providers need to show

they're using certified EHR technology in ways that can be

measured significantly in quality and in quantity.

top ten health it tech trends
Top Ten Health IT Tech trends*
  • Preparing to create accountable care organizations,
  • developing medical home models,
  • expanding health information exchanges,
  • moving forward to resolve core data infrastructure issues
  • integrating inpatient and outpatient (especially physician office-based) information systems,
  • making clinicians fully mobile,
  • leveraging the intelligence in clinical IS,
  • locking down data security and privacy,
  • supporting continuous performance improvement,
  • and engaging patients and families-all of these are areas of activity that need to be addressed.

*Source “Healthcare Informatics Magazine”

who qualifies
Who qualifies?
  • Health IT Certificate series is for:
    • Experienced Healthcare and IT professionals
      • Not an entry level certificate
    • Current IT Workers
      • Programmers/Developers
      • IT sales/support
      • Project Managers
    • Current Healthcare Workers
      • Registered Nurses
      • Doctors
      • Medical Coders
no previous healthcare or it experience
No previous Healthcare or IT experience?

No previous Healthcare or IT experience?

Consider the following scenario:

Step 1: Complete a basic healthcare certification such as

Medical Coding (CPC) or Health Unit Coordinator (HUC).

Step 2: Begin working in the healthcare industry

Step 3: Seek information and volunteer opportunities on health IT

related projects to gain experience, network, make yourself marketable

Step 4: Obtain Health IT certification training

Step 5: Look for Health IT employment opportunities in entry level

positions

entry level health it positions
Entry Level Health IT positions

For students new to both health care and IT

Build on skills, previous training, and experience!

  • Application Analysts
  • Medical Software Sales
  • Application Maintenance
  • Clinical Document Specialists
  • Help Desk Specialists….and more
potential jobs with health it training
Potential Jobs with Health IT training

For individuals with previous healthcare experience (such as CPC, CCS, and RN)

  • Clinical Software Trainer
  • EMR Implementation Specialist
  • Health Systems Integration Professional
  • Practice Management and Consulting
  • Practice Work Flow Analysis…. And more
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Potential Jobs with Health IT training

For individuals with previous IT experience

  • Application Development
  • Network Engineers
  • Programmers
  • Developers
  • Database Professionals
  • Systems Administrators…and more
resources for additional information
Resources for Additional Information
  • American Society of Health Informatics Management
    • www.ashim.org
  • Health Information and Management Systems Society
    • www.himss.org
  • American Academy of Professional Coders
    • www.aapc.com
admission instructions
Admission Instructions
  • Complete admission application
  • Meet with JyoPai, jpai@collin.edu to

submit application and resume