Today, health information management and technology (HIMT) professionals must have a deep understanding of not only the management of health data, but also the software and systems needed to manage and analyze data. HIMT is a discipline that encompasses two fields focused on improving patient outcomes and reducing healthcare costs:
Health information management (HIM) professionals care for patients by managing, analyzing, and securing all of their protected health information no matter the format. That includes all paper records and electronic health record (EHR) data. HIM professionals are highly trained in the business aspects of healthcare (especially, the revenue cycle), understand health organization workflows, and take on leadership and compliance roles.
Health information technology (health IT) professionals are responsible for the technical work related to EHR data, such as data modeling, warehousing, and transmission. They can build and adapt IT systems to drive clinical and operational effectiveness and efficiency throughout healthcare organizations. Health IT professionals also have a keen understanding of how to capture appropriate data and make it accessible to providers so it can be used for decision support to improve patient care.
Want to explore more about health information management and technology?
- What Do HIM Managers Do?
- HIM Careers Outlook
- RHIA and Other HIM Certifications
- What Do Health IT Professionals Do?
- Health IT Careers Outlook
- Epic and Other Health IT Certifications
The UW Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology program has specialty tracks in HIM and health IT. Learn more about the tracks or contact an adviser to answer your questions about the degree program.