Top Skills to be a Successful Health Information specialist

Categories: Health Information

It’s no secret the healthcare industry is poised to continue growing, and within that sector, Health Information positions are in demand. Healthcare organization need people to input and maintain patients’ health records—such as examinations, diagnostic tests, treatment procedures and various other recorded documents making up an accurate medical history. At Arizona College, we empower motivated individuals to take the first step to start a career in the Health Information sector. Continue reading to see the top skills required to have a successful career as a Health Information specialist. An Eye for Detail, Organization All these skills you’ll find on this list are important to your success as a Health Information specialist, but none will make your job easier than being extremely detail-oriented and organized. With so many patients and records to keep tabs on, even the slightest habits of disorganization can cause a snowball effect bleeding throughout the entire system.…

Allied Health Professions Week 2014

Categories: Dental Assisting, Health Information, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy

Every year, the health care community desires to create awareness for particular health care related professions, including Allied Health. November 3rd-9th, 2014, is a week dedicated to honoring all Allied Health Professionals.  This event honors the more than 3 million health care providers working in more than 80 allied health professions.  It promotes the celebration of allied health careers by providers, educators, and allied health accreditors. Who are Allied Health Professionals? Allied Health Professionals provide patient care, which including the medical, dental and pharmacy fields.  They work within a team to make the health care system function effectively and efficiently by providing a wide range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and direct patient care and support services.  These professionals are crucial to the health care providers they support and the patients they tend.  It is estimated that Allied Health Professionals make up approximately 60% of the health care workforce. What are…

How Technology Has Changed Healthcare

Categories: Health Information, Uncategorized

Over the past century, technology has changed the way physicians diagnose and deliver healthcare to patients. It has changed the way patients schedule appointments and receive treatment for ailments as well as the process for healthcare management.  The medical field has always integrated hand-in-hand with science and formed partnerships with the brightest physicians and scientists. Technology has advanced the medical field in many ways and has improved the mortality rate and general well being for patients. Internet-The Internet has changed the way patients are checked in and out of an office or hospital by using Internet based software. It has also changed the way physicians analyze data, with instant access to large quantities of data available with the click of a mouse. With the ability to search the Internet for symptoms and conditions to assist in the diagnosis and treatment process, many patients have taken their healthcare into their own…

Types of Health Information Certification

Categories: Health Information, Uncategorized

Health Information specialists are responsible for organizing and managing health information data. They ensure accuracy, quality, accessibility and security of patient’s health information in both paper and electronic environments. They use various classification systems to categorize and code patient information in a variety of settings; including doctor’s offices, hospitals and billing offices. They organize data for insurance reimbursement, databases, and registries, and they maintain patient medical information and treatment plans/histories. To begin a career as a Health Information Specialist, you can receive a degree or diploma through formal training at an Accredited College such as Arizona College. Although, certification is not required for a career as a Health Information specialist, certification is encouraged as it enhances your resume and can also set you apart from the competition. There are various types of certification, however, AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) is an industry leader, and has been providing quality and…

Arizona College implements new Electronic Medical/Health Record Software Program

Categories: Health Information, Uncategorized

Have you ever heard of the term Electronic Medical Record or Electronic Health Record (EMR/EHR)?  If you have been to a doctor’s office or hospital recently, chances are your health information has been processed using this technology.  So what exactly is EMR/EHR?  According to The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is comprised of many components that work together to capture, create, share, maintain and store an accurate and complete patient health record. There are various systems, applications, standards and specifications that must be in place in order to meet the goal of true interoperability. The Health Information (Medical Billing & Coding) field is excited about the incoming Electronic Medical/Health (EMR/EHR) records requirements from the U.S. Government.  On February 17, 2009 the $787 billion, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed into law by the federal government. Included in this law is $19.2 billion intended…