Health Information Management

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Healthcare Informatics (AAS.HCI)

Mark E. Ferrari, Executive Vice President of BluePrint Health Information Security, Intraprise Health, speaks about RCBC's Healthcare Informatics degree program and the future opportunities for graduates of the program.

RCBC created the Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Informatics in collaboration with Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, which is looking to fill healthcare technology positions. Here, Richard Temple, Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Deborah Heart and Lung Center, discusses the growing field of healthcare informatics and the opportunities for graduates of RCBC's program.

What is Healthcare Informatics?

Health informatics applies informatics concepts, theories, and practices to real-life situations to achieve better health outcomes. This includes collecting, storing, analyzing, and presenting data in a digital format.

Health Informatics plays a critical role in the push toward healthcare reform. Health informatics is an evolving specialization that links information technology, communications and healthcare to improve the quality and safety of patient care.

The tremendous growth in the health informatics field was spurred in large part by the acceleration of electronic health record (EHR) adoption brought about by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ “meaningful use” incentive program.

As providers move quickly to embrace EHRs, which are designed to store and share information from all providers involved in a patient’s care, health informatics specialists will continue to be in high demand as healthcare facilities implement new systems, upgrade existing databases and work toward achieving the three stages of “meaningful use.”

Health Informatics Specialists typically work for hospitals or in an ambulatory setting, providing technical support to the staff, monitoring the security of the facilities computer network and databases, providing analysis, and helping to develop policies and procedures. Possible employers also include private companies who develop software and other equipment for medical use and insurance companies. The field is evolving and people who wish to advance will find opportunities for supervisory and management positions.

Program Requirements

Accepted program students can begin course work in the fall, spring or summer term.

Course Code Description Credits
  General Education Courses  
ENG 101 College Composition 1 3
SPE 102 Public Speaking 3
MTH 143 Statistics 1 4
MTH 130 Precalculus  4
SOC 160 Society, Ethics & Technology 3
CIS 161 Computer Applications  3
Natural Science Choose: BIO/CHE/PHY/PSC w/lab 4
  Program Courses  
HIT 103 Legal Aspects of Health Information 3
HIT 120 Introduction to Healthcare and Public Health 3
HIT 121 Introduction to Health IT 3
HIT 228 Fundamentals of Health IT Workflow Process 3
HIT 224 Healthcare Information Systems 3
HIT 229 IT Project Management 4
HIT 230 Training & Instructional Design in Healthcare 4
HIT 218 Quality and Performance Improvement 3
CSE 110 Introduction to Computer Science 4
CIS 138 Introduction to Operating Systems 4
CSE 213 Database Systems 3
HIT 250 Informatics Internship 2
Total   63

DL: distance learning
F-F: face-to-face
Hybrid: combination of classroom and distance learning

Revised 4/17

Curriculum is subject to change. The department will make every effort to keep students aware of changes as they occur. Rowan College at Burlington County reserves the right to change course schedule information, including instructor names, at any time as may be warranted by economic considerations, insufficient enrollments, and/or circumstances requiring such administrative action.