Funding your college education can be stressful. The good news is scholarship opportunities are available to those pursuing a degree in the rapidly growing health information field. Here are seven of the best health IT and health information management scholarships for undergraduates…. [Read More]
Heather Smith always wanted to be a nurse.
She started the nursing program at UW-Green Bay and, shortly after, joined the Army National Guard to do patient administration training. But something unexpected happened: she injured her back and was medically discharged from the Army. Unable to do heavy lifting, a nursing career was impossible.
Don’t worry–this story has a happy ending. The UW graduate followed her passion for patient care to another field: health information management (HIM). And today, she absolutely loves her job as an analyst at Green Bay Oncology…. [Read More]
Meet Betty Rockendorf, the new program director of the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) at University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Rockendorf joined the online, multi-campus UW HIMT program in 2014 and currently teaches the HIMT course “Healthcare Billing, Coding, and Reimbursement.” Starting this spring, she will be teaching the pre-capstone and capstone courses…. [Read More]
By Abby Halla, Blog Contributor
When Melissa Metz graduated from the UW Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) program in May, she was already two months into her ideal job. As a healthcare business analyst for Marshfield Clinic Information Systems (MCIS), Melissa uses her health information management (HIM) and health IT experience and knowledge every day…. [Read More]
You’ve decided to pursue a career in health information management (HIM) or health information technology (HIT). Now, onto the next big decision. Have you thought about exactly where you want to work? This is important, because your work environment—the physical space in which you work, your boss and coworkers, and your salary and benefits—can have a profound effect on your overall happiness…. [Read More]
Job security is at the top of everyone’s priority list, because it comes with a sense of financial confidence and stability. If you’re considering a career in health information management (HIM), you are well on your way to gaining that security.
Yes, experienced HIM professionals are in-demand and have high salaries.
But which job should you aim for?… [Read More]
Certification is incredibly important for health information management (HIM) professionals. Having credentials sets you apart, like acronymic badges of honor displaying your expertise and commitment to life-long learning.
“That’s what employers are looking for,” says Wil Limp, program manager of the University of Wisconsin Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology…. [Read More]
Do you geek out over numbers, equations, and statistics? Do you frequently question existing assumptions and processes? Do you want to stay in health care? If you answered “yes” to all three questions, then a job in healthcare data science—a field that focuses on the use of health data to inform decisions and make new discoveries—may be a good fit for you…. [Read More]
On June 10, University of Wisconsin Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) Program Manager Wil Limp finished his first Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam writing session in Denver, Colorado. He joined other credentialed health information management (HIM) professionals from across the country—a team that meets two times per year to research and write questions for future RHIA exams.
“It’s our responsibility to make sure that the RHIA exam questions are fair but challenging,” Wil said. “Earning the credential shows proof that the test takers have met the highest level of competencies set by CAHIIM.”… [Read More]
It’s a great time to be looking for a health information technology job. Why? In 2015, CNBC listed “medical records and health information professionals” as the sixth most in-demand healthcare job. For the Record magazine reported in 2016:
The supply of HIT talent fails to meet the industry’s growing demand—an increasingly serious and limiting issue for organizations looking to harness HIT’s power and innovate while also looking to ensure the security of patient data and adhere to privacy regulations.