Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SLCC offering new associate degree in health information

The Utah State Board of Regents granted approval for Salt Lake Community College to begin offering a new associate of applied science degree in Health Information Technology.

The new program at SLCC will train students in medical records and managing patients’ health information to include medical history, symptoms, examination results, diagnostic tests, treatment methods and all other healthcare provider services.

“Health Information Technology is one of the fastest growing employment opportunities in the healthcare field, especially in Utah,” said Ruben Rocha, Health Information Technology program director at SLCC. “The high demand is based on the transition next year to new codes that will add increased specificity to clinical diagnoses. The increased need for the degree is also based on different federal mandates requiring all health organizations to be compliant with several new regulations. In today’s healthcare environment, the Health Information Technology program at SLCC is at the forefront of innovation and implementation.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the healthcare industry will add more jobs than any sector through 2018, with healthcare information technology adding about 50,000 jobs nationally in the near future.