The Saddleback College Heath Information Technology associate degree program was fully accredited this week by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The national accreditation makes Saddleback College the eighth community college in California, and one of only 14 colleges in the state, to offer an accredited program in health information technology, an increasingly growing field that helps health care providers better manage patient care through the secure use of electronic health records.
In the Southern California region, job growth in the health information technology field is projected to grow 30 percent over the next 10 years. In Orange County alone, there were 1,596 jobs reported in 2015, an increase of 6.68 percent in two years.
Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “I am very proud of our health information technology program which has shown a great deal of promise in training students for successful careers in a field with a wide range of job opportunities.”
Safiah Mamoon, health information technology department chair and program director, stated, “Congratulations to Saddleback College on gaining CAHIIM accreditation for the health information technology associate degree. Since CAHIIM enforces rigorous standards for the programs it accredits, this is a very proud moment as the program has reached a very prestigious milestone joining only seven other community colleges with accredited health information technology degree programs in California.”
Occupations in health information technology include revenue cycle management/billing/clinical coding; health information management, practice management, patient care registrar, health information education, insurance claims specialist, patient portal education/liaison, medical office administration, quality improvement analyst, help desk, release of information, and medical transcription. Health information technology professionals are employed by hospitals, ambulatory care centers, physician offices, long-term care facilities, dialysis centers, public health agencies, pharmaceutical companies, medical supply companies, rehabilitation centers, managed care organizations, behavioral and mental health facilities, law firms, and insurance firms. One hundred percent of employers surveyed stated they would hire Saddleback College Health Information Technology program graduates if openings were available.
The associate degree program prepares students for employment as health information professionals with the knowledge and skills to accurately code diagnosis and procedures for the health care services provided to patients, and to collect, maintain, and analyze clinical data in electronic health records that physicians, nurses, and other healthcare staff rely on to deliver quality healthcare. The program provides training through didactic instruction and directed practice.
For more information on the Saddleback College Health Information Technology program please visit http://www.saddleback.edu/hs/health-information-technology.