2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Health Information Management - Program Description
Health Information Management Major with a Minor in CIS Health Care Information Systems
Health information management (HIM) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. HIM organizes and manages health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security. Health information managers regularly communicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to clarify diagnoses or to obtain additional information.
The increasing use of electronic health records (EHR) will continue to broaden and alter the job responsibilities of HIM. HIM administrators must be familiar with EHR computer software, maintaining EHR security, and analyzing electronic data to improve healthcare information. HIM uses EHR software to maintain data on patient safety and disease treatment and outcome. Administrators also may assist with improving EHR software usability and contribute to the development and maintenance of health information networks.
Students pursuing the health information management program will also be required to complete the minor in health care information systems, through the computer information systems (CIS) department (www.cis.gvsu.edu).
The baccalaureate degree Health Information Management Program is in candidacy status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Secondary Admissions Criteria for the Health Information Management (HIM) Program
The HIM program is a secondary admission program. The admissions process will take place winter semester and will require an HIM application by March 1, prior to the intended fall entry. The minimum criteria for application will be:
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.5
- Completion of the HIM application form
- Completion of 45 semester hours, which includes current enrollment, verified by transcript(s)
- No grade less than a C in BMS 250, BMS 251, and AHS 100
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