HIMA110 Introduction to Health Information Management (3 semester hours)

The purpose of this course is to introduce the students in Health Information Management to the historical development of the health care field with emphasis on the organizational structure of health institutions: federal, state, local agencies and allied health associations. The course also addresses the theoretical and practical applications of health information management, the Health Information Department, its functions, and an overview of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The course includes definitions of, standards for, and the development of the health record (both electronic and paper-based) as to content, format, evaluation, completion, legal and regulatory aspects and automation. The course content also consists of numbering systems and methods; the use of accessory equipment and technology; conversion systems; the master patient index; filing systems and control; evaluation methods; electronic health records, and supplies and equipment. Documentation issues, along with indexes, registers, and health data collection are also introduced.