Introduction to Health Information

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the field of Health Information Management (HIM). Topics include: history and development of the Health Information profession, the purposes and components of a patient health record, the various uses of health information, a Health Information Management Department’s role within a healthcare organization and an analysis of its functions such as maintaining patient information / records based on documentation, regulatory requirements and accreditation standards, patient record file/retrieval record control systems, storage and retention of health records, legal concepts as it applies to patient information and data management (i.e. indexes and registries); structure of health care organizations. The electronic health record (EHR) and common HIM computer applications will also be covered.