Health Information Management
This is a joint program between Kean University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ. General education courses will be completed at Kean and Health Information Management courses will be completed at UMDNJ.
The health information manager is a member of the healthcare team and is the professional responsible for management of health information systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements. Health Information professionals collect, analyze and utilize data to provide information critical to the health care industry. A Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) collects many kinds of data from a variety of sources, monitors the integrity of the information, ensures appropriate access to health records and manages the analysis and use of this data. This professional is an essential connection between physicians, patients, payers and others in the healthcare industry.
Health information professionals are often employed as department managers in hospital centers. Major areas of responsibility in this setting include: determining health information policies; planning; budgeting; acting as a liaison with other departments; evaluating employee performance; educating departmental staff, medical staff and ancillary departments to assure quality information; and serving on important committees such as quality management and utilization review.
With the advancing of technology and the transition to the electronic health record, RHIAs are finding expanding opportunities for employment in a wide variety of organizations, including Health Maintenance Organizations, insurance companies, law firms, physician offices, consulting firms, software companies and the pharmaceutical industry.
Health information opportunities involve planning for and implementing computerized patient record systems, as well as playing a vital role in maintaining the privacy and security of health information stored in multiple formats. Professionals with technical expertise, problem solving skills, knowledge of clinical medicine and superior communication skills are needed to develop new policies and procedures in health care documentation and protecting patient confidentiality.