Have a strong interest in medicine and computer science? Then TCI’s Health information technology program is the perfect combination for your diverse interests. Health information technology provides patients with quick and reliable access to records, prescriptions, test results, and more. Plus, it also serves as a system that can provide insight into more accurate ways of treating certain diseases. As a graduate of this program, students learn about industry-standard practices for implementing and upgrading medical records using various types of technology.
Health information technology has drastically transformed our nation within the past two decades. It has helped to improve the way we research, track and access crucial health care information, while revolutionizing the way we handle and manage health care for ourselves and family members.
Why it’s valued
Gone are the days where you would have to wait weeks before seeing test results. Today, many health care providers make it easy for patients to update information and correct inaccuracies with a few simple clicks. Communicating with your doctor directly can be done effectively online too.
If you’re a U.S citizen, it’s your legal right to check and obtain your medical records. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Privacy Rule provides individuals with comprehensive privacy rights as it pertains to your health care. Thanks to the advancements in health information technology, that can be done online, conveniently from the comfort of your home, with a few quick clicks.
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Beginning your career as a health technology technician
As one of the leading technology schools in New York City, TCI prepares our students with the necessary skills it takes to become successful in this competitive field.
Students who want to get a degree in this discipline can find a wide range of options when it comes to pursuing a degree at TCI. One can get an online degree in health information technology; can earn a certificate in health information technology or can get an associate's degree for an entry-level job.
TCI’s associate's degree program teaches you about computer technology, medical procedure and information management. Our program covers many aspects of this field.
Careers in this field also include health information technology technicians and medical coders.* The former checks accuracy in patient’s charts. They collect and manage information so that healthcare providers can use them for patient’s care. They work in hospitals, healthcare agencies and nursing homes for assisting health information administrators in reviewing records. Medical coders encode information given by physicians into numeric codes. Medical coding connects the business and medical sides of the healthcare industry. According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, there are approximately 450,000 people who are working in health information technology. Are you ready to join them?
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*Obtaining a degree can help with your job search but does not guarantee placement, placement in a particular position, or a specific salary.