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We believe each of our online students deserves personalized attention and focus.  Our online health information management and technology degrees are geared towards some of the fastest-growing healthcare careers in the United States.

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Medical assistant

Health information management professionals take on advanced data management roles throughout hospitals, nursing homes, medical group practices, clinics, home health agencies, ambulatory care practices, public health organizations, and more.


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Medical coder at computer

Combine skills in healthcare, administration, and information management in order to collect, analyze, and report on medical data used for patient care and reimbursement.


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While some health information managers may work independently, many others will manage teams of healthcare professionals, like medical coders, transcriptionists, administrative staff, and so on. In cases like that, health information management professionals are in charge of not just the data, but the other people handling the data and make sure they do so with a critical eye.

Health Information Management

Bachelor of Science Degree

Health information management professionals take on advanced data management roles throughout hospitals, nursing homes, medical group practices, clinics, home health agencies, ambulatory care practices, public health organizations, and more. Wherever they work, they’re often in charge of:

  • Analyzing and protecting digital and traditional medical information
  • Overseeing information governance and the integrity and privacy of data across the organization
  • Designing and implementing processes to ensure that medical information is document accurately and completely
  • Working with patient-forward healthcare teams to improve the quality of information recorded
  • Knowing and staying in compliance with laws and regulations regarding patient data privacy
  • Analyzing clinical data to help inform best practices across the enterprise

Because of the nature of the data and information being managed, maintaining the confidentiality of patient's records with the utmost integrity is a key factor in the profession. And with everything located online, health information technicians these days must be knowledgeable about the digital databases they utilize and how to keep them secure from any unwanted access.

Potential Health information Management Jobs


  • Health information manager - Maintains and ensuring the security of all patient records and data. 
  • Medical coder - Responsible for reviewing all patient information for issues like preexisting conditions, ensuring proper coding. 
  • Outpatient coding compliance auditor - Responsible for performing medical record audits and administrative data. 
  • Clinical documentation specialist - Manage clinical trial and service documents, solving any issues involving documentation
  • Clinical systems manager - responsible for updating and maintaining computer systems
  • Health Information Technology

    Associate of Applied Science Degree

    These days, every medical facility — from top research hospitals to grassroots-level nonprofit health clinics — relies on electronic record keeping, governed by specialized rules and regulations in order to preserve patient privacy and confidentiality. Health information technicians, sometimes called medical records technicians, are tasked with the organization and management of this sensitive data, with duties that include:

    • Using classification software and coding patient records according to standard classifications
    • Maintaining and storing data in clinical registries and databases
    • Utilizing knowledge of medical terminology, health statistics, and medical laws and ethical standards
    • Tracking patient outcomes for quality assessment
    • Managing revenue by determining diagnoses and procedure codes in order to support billing

    Potential Health information Technology Jobs


  • Medical Records Technician: Medical records techs are responsible for ensuring accurate patient medical records.
  • Clinical Systems Analyst: - Systems analysts investigate and fix issues found in electronic medical records.
  • Chief Information Officer: - These C-level executives typically manage IT departments in healthcare facilities.
  • Software Engineer: Software engineers often work for companies that build healthcare tech such as electronic medical records.
  • Coding Auditor: Experienced in coding principles, auditors make sure medical records are accurate. 
  • Further Your Education at Northwestern College


    Enjoy the advantages of receiving a degree or certification from the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re interested in learning on-campus or online, our admissions team can help you through the enrollment process. To learn more about these and other healthcare programs offered by Northwestern College.

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