Health Information Technology

Organize. Communicate. Advance.

The U.S. Department of Labor states that employment in the Health Information Technology (HIT) field is projected to grow nearly twice as fast as the average for all occupations in future years!

As the medical industry becomes increasingly dependent on digital communication and recordkeeping, the demand for skilled employees who can collect and analyze healthcare data is critical to manage vital information for their services.

HIT professionals are responsible for the organization and accurate maintenance of computerized patient medical records. They may also be responsible for the timely and accurate submission of complex insurance documents. Successful graduates can find employment at hospitals, medical offices, and insurance companies in positions, including medical office manager, medical transcriptionist, medical records technician, and medical coding specialist. With an associate degree in Health Information Technology, you can serve your community while also building a new career for yourself.

Degree and Certificate Requirements

About the Program

The time to complete the certificates or the degree varies from one to four semesters. To obtain the associate degree in two years, you have to take an average of 15 credits/semester.

Costs: tuition and fees

Associate in Science, Certificate of Achievement in Health Information Technology Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Perform basic coding tasks and maintain accurate reimbursement systems including the preparation of patient access, registration, and patient accounting statements.
  • Access, analyze, and interpret data to solve basic health information coding, patient accounting, and supervisory problems.
  • Interact with customers, vendors, and co-workers to effectively support the work with high customer satisfaction.
  • Organize, prioritize, and perform work tasks to meet deadlines and schedules.
  • Apply health information, records management, and patient financial/patient accounting laws; and code basic cases with industry reimbursement procedures by patient insurance type.

Certificate of Competence in Health Information Technology Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Apply problem-solving skills and health care knowledge to address customer, patient, or organizational needs.
  • Use computer and other office technology tools to accomplish administrative responsibilities in maintaining a secured information system while adhering to workplace policies and procedures and government laws.
  • Use basic medical coding methodology and patient record guidelines to accurately process documents through the document life cycle.

Kathleen Cashman, Instructor CC, Health Information Technology; A.A.S., Heald College; B.A., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Patrice Jackson, Instructor CC, Health Information Technology, B.S. Stephens College, B.S., B.A. Park University

Ann Botros, Wahiawa General Hospital

Marlisa Coloso, Maui Memorial Medical Center

Michael Green, Hawai‘i Tumor Registry

Myrna Hardin, Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

Brandon Ho, Tripler Army Medical Center

Natalie Ho Talamoa, UH Family Medicine Residency & Sports Medicine

Kathleen T. Kang-Kaʻulupali, Department of Human Services, State of Hawai‘i

Jeffery Loo, Hawai‘i Health Information Exchange

Lucy Sequeira, Department of Public Safety, State of Hawai‘i

Joan Shutter, Health Information Management Maluhia

Gayle Stephens, Kōkua Kalihi Valley

Freddie Woodard, Kaua‘i Veteran's Memorial Hospital