The Health Information Administrator (HIA) manages health information systems that serve the needs of patients, the health care team, and the administrative staff. It is an excellent career choice for the person who would like to have a profession in health care that combines interests in data analytics, computer science,business, management, informatics, law, and medicine. This unique mixture provides the HIA with great opportunities in a variety of different settings and job titles along with substantial income.
Health Information Administrators have opportunities to assist in the development and implementation of health information systems for quality patient care, financial reimbursement, medical research, health care planning, and health care quality evaluation. Others responsibilities include privacy, security, and data governance.
One of the many career options chosen by HIAs is the management of a health information department. In this position, managers evaluate and motivate employees, provide leadership in department planning and organizing, determine department policies, and budget department resources. Managers are also involved in decision making and healthcare committees.
PROGRAM OUTCOMES FOR 2017 GRADUATES
- RHIA Exam Pass Rate: 100%
- Retention Rate: 91%
- Graduation Rate: 90%
- Acceptance into Graduate Programs: 100%
- Job Placement Rate: 89%
Job opportunities continue to grow for HIAs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.” As the population ages, they will require more care. More care translates to more documentation required and reimbursement for health care providers. “Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) by all types of health care providers, could lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the health care industry”(www.bls.gov).
Full-time salaries in the profession range from entry positions paying approximately $55,000-$70,000 to advanced positions may offer earnings as high as $125,000+.
Health Information Administration provides job flexibility for the person seeking work in a variety of settings. Many are employed by hospitals and medical centers in large urban areas. Others work in small community hospitals in rural settings. The job market is rapidly expanding outside of hospitals. New openings are available in home health agencies, long term care facilities, outpatient care, mental health facilities, private medical practices and clinics, insurance companies, health management organizations, commercial and industrial firms, governmental agencies, legal offices, software vendors, and education.
Job positions include but are not limited to: Director of HIM, Privacy Officer, Security Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, EHR Implementation Specialist, Data Application or System Analyst, Data Integrity Analyst, Consultant, Cancer Registrar, Medical Office Administrator, HIM Revenue Cycle Auditor, Revenue Cycle Manager, REC/HIE Exchange Director, Meaningful Use Specialist, Data Quality Manager, Documentation and Coding Specialist, and Coding Manager.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Health Information Administration at Loma Linda University is a two-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. It is the only program of its kind in California and has been offered by Loma Linda University since 1962. You will need to finish two years of prerequisite courses at a junior college or four-year college to be eligible to enter the program. The prerequisite classes, which prepare you for two years of study at Loma Linda University, are listed below. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Applicants who have graduated from this program are eligible to sit for the registered health information administrator (RHIA) exam.
- Complete a minimum of 96 quarter units at an accredited college or university
- Minimum GPA of 2.5
- Complete all program prerequisites (listed below)
- Complete the LLU application, including values and personal essays and submit application fee of $60.00
- Provide three letters of recommendation that indicate a strong academic background and professional readiness
- Interview, if deemed necessary
1. RELIGION AND HUMANITIES
(20 qtr / 14 sem. units)
Select cultural credits from a minimum of three areas:
Art/Music (performing arts limited to 4 quarter units)
History Literature Philosophy
Foreign language/American Sign Language
Required only if student is attending an SDA college. Four quarter hours of religion per year of prerequisite study. Up to 8 hours may apply to Domain 1.
2. SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS
Human Anatomy & Physiology/lab (complete sequence)
Intermediate algebra (2 years of high school math accepted, grade ‘C’ or better)
Select one additional from one of the following areas:
Chemistry Math Geology
Social Sciences (2 areas minimum)
Cultural diversity or anthropology (one course)
Select one additional from one of the following areas:
Sociology Political Science Anthropology
Freshman English (complete sequence)
Introduction to Computers (must include word processing)
4. HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Personal Health or nutrition
Physical activity - 2 courses total
To meet minimum total requirements of 96 quarter units
PLEASE NOTE: “C minus” grades are not transferable for credit
Prerequisite Update: Intro to Accounting and Intro to Computers with word processing are no longer required prerequisites.
In harmony with the mission of Loma Linda University and the School of Allied Health Professions, the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management is dedicated to:
- Educating competent health information professionals
- Promoting the health information management profession
- Extending the current knowledge of health information professionals at neighboring healthcare facilities
- Challenging students and department faculty to maintain high standards of ethical and professional behavior
- Encouraging students and faculty to seek a meaningful relationship with God and a balanced Christian lifestyle
To prepare our graduates to be competent health information professionals through excellence in classroom instruction, professional practice experience, advisement, and mentoring with an emphasis on global service.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Students understand and apply the laws of patient record confidentiality, privacy, and compliance.
- Students demonstrate knowledge of health information technology and systems.
- Students demonstrate and apply knowledge of the principles of personnel management.
- Students develop a financial plan for a health information management department.
- Students demonstrate mastery of the principles of health information management.
- Students demonstrate mastery of the health information management curriculum.
|Pauline Calla Cabanada , MBA, RHIA -- Program Director, Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration|
Health Informatics and Information Management
LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY | School of Allied Health Professions
Nichol Hall 1905, Loma Linda, California 92350
909-558-4976 • fax 909-558-0404
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