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California Health Information Technology Schools.

You can study for an associate’s of health information technology degree, or opt for a certificate program that will teach you the essentials of this field. Coursework can include health information systems, communication, quality assessment, medical coding, medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, medical insurance and billing practices, and heath information management. These programs will help you develop the professional skills you need to work in various information management positions in a healthcare clinic, hospital, or other facility. Entry-level jobs in the IT department and records management are available to those graduates with a health information technology degree in California.

The Importance of Health IT in Healthcare Today

With the abundance of computers comes an increased need computer professionals. Hospitals have even upgraded and gone from pencils and a few computers to a hospital full of computers. Many departments use computers to communicate with other departments, and their pharmacies. There was a time that computers connected through modems, but now use high speed Internet. Many hospital systems that connect their entire departments using a hospital information system (HIS). This computer software is used by the entire hospital that integrates all the departments, but usually does not include their radiology department.

What is a Health Information Technologist?

A health information technologist is computer professional that fixes computers and equipment specifically in the healthcare field.

Computer Systems Within Healthcare

The radiology field is also often completely digitized and will use picture archival and communication system (PACS) software. Most radiology modalities create their films digitally. A radiologist will read their films on their computer screens. Often times they have the ability to communicate with a hospitals HIS, or a self standing imaging center will have an radiology information system (RIS) very similar to a HIS, but is just radiology. It will include scheduling, accounting, billing, etc. Often one system can talk to the other to save many added steps for the front desk or other departments.

There are many other systems as well as software that a health information technologist needs to be aware of. They are in high demand for training, troubleshooting, and implementing new systems. Health information technology can be a fast paced type of career, as they are not just dealing with computers, but the people who are caring for sick patients. The information they handle on a daily basis is highly confidential, and it is their job to make sure that the information stays private. Only those who are required to see the information are given the proper rights. Many of these systems are all integrated, so a health information technologist needs to ensure the systems security. Major fines and lawsuits can be filed if the patient's information isn't well protected.

Job Opportunities

Computers have made day-to-day operations a lot easier for most professions. Due to the increase use of computers in healthcare it has created a high demand for healthcare information technologists. A career in healthcare information technology is a promising career, and growing in popularity. The competition is growing, and the need to have additional schooling in a specific area is becoming necessary to succeed.

A healthcare information technologist's position is a very important field within huge hospitals to small doctor's offices. Many hospitals and doctor's offices have gone digital to save money with paper, and room. It's much easier to store 25,000 patient charts on a computer server, than in a huge medical records room. The ease, speed, and convenience of going digital have been a huge cost savings to most facilities. This advantage has increased the need and importance of healthcare information technology.


List of Schools Offering Health Information Programs in California



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            Master of Science in Health Informatics

            The University of Scranton has grounded its education in Catholic and Jesuit principles based on intellectual growth and integrity, all of which shape the online master’s and certificate programs. You can choose one of six degree programs from a selective institution ranked among the top 10 master’s universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report.

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            Master of Science in Health Informatics
            • Recognized as the largest university in the Chicago area, with 27,580 students and 15 colleges.
            • Listed as one of the top 200 research-funded institutions in the world, with more than $291 million research funds in FY 2013.
            • Proud to be a tobacco-free campus, prohibiting all forms of tobacco within campus boundaries.
            • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
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            Master of Science in Health Informatics

            George Mason University is Virginia's largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and commitment to accessibility.  George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world. 

             

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            B.S. in Computer Information Systems / Computer Networking
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
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            • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
            • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
            • Online courses make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 18 months and a master’s degree in 14-24 months.
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            Bachelor's (BIT) - Software Analysis and Development
            • Offers MUSE (My Unique Student Experience), a content delivery system that gives students the option to watch, view, read or listen to required course materials.
            • Allows students to complete courses at whatever pace they want.
            • Provides IntelliPath, a proprietary learning technology that lets students learn at their own pace.
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            BS in Health Information Management

            Building on Purdue's mission to provide greater access to affordable, world-class education, Purdue University Global delivers a fully personalized online experience that's tailored to working adults. By opening the doors to adults who need flexibility to fit learning into their busy lives, we make it possible to achieve a high-quality education from a prestigious university system—completely online.

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            Certificate - Medical Office
            • Founded in 1977, San Joaquin Valley College is a private junior college with campuses located throughout California - including an Online division - offering a balance of classroom instruction and hands-on training to meet your needs.
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            • SJVC offers many programs that require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience 
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            Platt College , Riverside
            • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
            • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
            • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
            • 3 campuses in Southern California.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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            Medical Billing & Insurance Coding (10-Month Diploma Program)
            UEI College , Encino
            • Dedicated to providing  career training since 1975.
            • Has 13 campus locations in Southern California and a campus in Morrow, GA.
            • Provides flexible class times including weekends.
            • Offers curriculum that ranges from 8 month diploma programs to 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
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            Mayfield College , Cathedral City
            • A Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Business, with an A+ rating.
            • Computer Support Technician program is based on guidelines set by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and Microsoft.
            • Offers free student services, including tutoring, campus internet access, career placement, and a student lounge.
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