The health information manager provides leadership in managing confidential medical information systems that serve the needs of patients, health care providers, and the administrative staff. It is an excellent career choice for the person who is seeking a health care profession that combines interests in computer science, business, management, legal procedures, and research. This unique background provides the health information administrator with a wide variety of employment opportunities. These include positions in acute care, outpatient care, long-term care, mental health facilities, insurance companies, governmental agencies, legal offices, and with computer system vendors.
The health information manager will have opportunities to develop health information systems for quality patient care, financial reimbursement, medical research, health care planning, and security of patient information. Many health information managers also have responsibilities that include planning and organizing the medical record department, budgeting department resources, determining department policies and procedures, and evaluating and motivating employees. Because information is vital to quality patient care, the health information manager interacts daily with medical, financial, and administrative staff.
Student Outcomes Data for the Graduating Class of 2013
Placement Rate: 100%
Graduate Satisfaction Rate: 100%
Employer Satisfaction Rate 100%
Health Informatics- A new exciting field in Health Information Management
Due to both internal and external forces, the healthcare industry has dramatically increased its reliance on technology in the delivery of patient care. Internally, healthcare administrators are finding it necessary to employ technology to manage resources and deliver patient care in an effective and efficient manner while ensuring quality. Simultaneously, organizations must maintain information systems that allow them to be responsive to the growing demands from external forces for accountability and transparency. Third-party payers, governmental agencies, patient advocacy groups, accreditation agencies and patients themselves are among those external forces demanding that healthcare organizations improve their abilities to collect, utilize and share healthcare information in a meaningful manner, whcih will ameliorate some of the challenges facing the industry today. As health care organizations strive to respond to the imminent regulatory changes brought on by ONC's mission and pressures from external forces, the employment of knowledgeable health informatics workforce will be essential and critical.
Healthcare facilities need coders for accurately assessing ICD-10-CM/PCS, ICD-9-CM, CPT and DRG/APC assignments for diagnostic and surgical information. Financial reimbursement is often directly related to these numeric codes. Also, the statistical information generated from the codes is used in research, quality patient care, education and in administrative decision making. In acute care facilities, the Coding Specialist usually works in a health information/medical record department and enjoys professional interaction with other medical record practitioners and physicians. In a physician practice setting the Coding Specialist works closely with physicians in determining diagnoses for optimum reimbursement.
We offer five program options within the field of Health Information. Please click on the buttons below to learn more about each or our HIIM specialties.
Online Program Information
Please see our online program information. Restrictions may apply when applying from outside of California.
Please refer to our school admissions information in order to apply to our HIIM programs. There is an admissions fee required upon submission. You may apply January 1- August 1 for all HIIM Programs.
|Specialized Medical Coding Certification
||Registered Health Info Administrator Bachelors Degree- For those without a previous degree
||Registered Health Info Administrator Post- Bacc Certificate- For those who already have a Bachelors
|Health Informatics Masters Degree- On Campus
||Health Informatics Masters Degree- Online
Health Informatics & Information Management
Loma Linda University
School of Allied Health Professions
Nichol Hall, Room 1905
Loma Linda, CA 92350
(909) 558-4976(909) 558-4976