The healthcare field now consumes 16 percent of the nation’s economic output - the highest proportion ever. This translates into more professional technicians needed to track and record health information. Health information technology is the study of the principles and practices of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. The career is right for those who would like to work in health care, but not directly with patients, as well as individuals with an aptitude for science, management, law and computers.
The Health Information Technology associate degree program at Gateway Technical College is a two-year program offered at the Racine Campus and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Students will learn anatomy, medical terminology, medical coding, legal aspects of health information, health statistics, management theory, quality management and health informatics. Students will also complete a professional practice experience.