Health information technology (HIT) professionals collect, analyze and manage patient health information, then communicate with patients, physicians, nurses, administrators, lawyers and insurance companies about the information in these records.
Health information technicians assemble patient health information and make sure medical records are complete. HITs code each diagnosis and procedure and may communicate with physicians to clarify diagnoses or obtain additional information. HITs provide reliable and valid information that drives the health care industry.
Kirkwood’s HIT program focuses on medical coding as well as the management of health information. In addition to taking courses on campus, students also complete practicums at health facilities throughout the state.
Kirkwood’s HIT program has a 100 percent pass rate on the AHIMA-RHIT National Certification Examination for spring 2018. The class of spring 2018 also had 100 percent graduation rate. Of the 2018 graduating class, 85 percent found jobs in healthcare within 12 months of graduation.