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Health Information Technology (HIT)

Created Date : Monday, March 12, 2018   Update Date : Monday, April 2, 2018   


Health information technology (HIT) is information technology applied to health and health care. It supports health information management across computerized systems and the secure exchange of health information between consumers, providers, payers, and quality monitors. One of the most important goals in the HIT is the use of electronic health records (EHRs) as the most promising tool for improving the overall quality, safety and efficiency of the health delivery system.

The mission of this field is to educate person who can handle IT related tasks, including:

  • Collection and processing of data (organization, classification and statistical computing) and storage of information retrieval
  • Analysis of health indicators
  • Participation in the design and implementation of information systems such as the hospital information system
  • Insurance supervisor and responsible for patient’s discharge
  • Recording and classifying data in disease registration systems

The main goals of this discipline are to educate of people who can work in the following areas:

  1. IT department management includes data collection and processing (organization, classification and statistical computing) and storage and retrieval of information
  2. Provide and use the information needed to protect the rights and safety of patients, healthcare institutions and health personnel by maintaining records of healthcare information and reporting on issues related to patient's rights and safety
  3. Providing information needed to carry out the medical and financial documents of patients, health care institutions and health personnel through document review, billing control, determination of deductions, examination, completion, and calculation of the cost of the discharged patient’s documentation.
  4. Improving the quality of patient service by reviewing healthcare provided by doctors, dentists, pharmacies, para-clinics, and hospitals that are contracting parties.
  5. Providing required information for educational, research, service and statistical purposes related to various medical disciplines.
  6. The use of information technology in the areas of Information Management / Health Information Management
  7. The use of information technology to provide health care effectively and efficiently

Graduates of this discipline work in the variety of areas include services, education, management and research, whose skills are divided into four categories as follows:

  • Health Information Management
  • Insurance and checking of medical documents
  • Health Information Technology
  • Management

Professional Tasks of the Graduates:

1. Educational Task

  • Training for IT staff
  • Training to new staff in the process of work in the IT sector
  • Training to Health Information Management Students

2. Service Tasks

  1. Expert in Health Data Quality Management: Carrying out tasks related to medical files and their contents, data quality management (models or characteristics of data quality, types of information errors, types of controls for checking the quality of data, methods of measuring and improving data quality, etc.), medical records analysis (quantitative, Qualitative, statistical)
  2. Clinical Coding Expert: Carrying out tasks related to disease coding, procedure coding (ICHI, etc.), mortality coding, coding with specialized classification systems (classification systems such as ICD-DA, ICD-O, etc.), coding with Outpatient Classification Systems (OPCS)
  3. Admission Employee: Carrying out tasks related to admission of patients in emergency, admission, outpatient, and paraclinical departments
  4. Clinical and administrative information Employee or Secretary: Carrying out tasks related to the collection and management of emergency, hospital, clinical and para-clinical parts of the hospital departments
  5. Expert on data storage and retrieval: Perform tasks related to the storage and retrieval of medical records and information manually and electronically
  6. An expert responder to a variety of medical record requests: Carrying out duties related to the confidentiality of medical records (confidentiality agreements and confidentiality obligations, review of permission to disclose information, file preparation for disclosure of information, documentation of disclosure of information), time of maintenance and disposition of medical records, admission and satisfaction rules, clinical information systems security
  7. Expert on health statistics: Carrying out duties related to hospital and health statistics
  8. Registrar of diseases: Carrying out tasks related to the entry of data into disease registration systems, data quality management in a variety of disease registration systems, coding and classification of data and information in the disease registration system based on relevant specialized classification systems (such as ICD-O for the cancer registration system) , Calculation of indicators of the incidence and outbreak of diseases related to the system of registration, analysis and display of the process of diseases associated with the registration system, working with specialized software such as GIS
  9. IT Expert: Creating and managing databases using Access software, managing software projects, managing websites and HIS hospitals, managing issues related to hardware support, computer networks and computer network operating systems.
  10. Insurance officer: Carrying out duties related to the examination of documents for inpatient and outpatient care and paraclinical services, pharmacy services and doctors and dentists' services, billing and deducting
  11. Supervisor of therapeutic setting: Carrying out tasks related to the examination and control of health services provided by doctors, dentists, pharmacies and para-clinics and hospitals of the party and other therapeutic settings.
  12. Discharge employee: Carrying out tasks related to the collection, study, and maintenance of contracts between hospitals and insurance companies, control, completion and calculation of the cost of the discharged patient’s documentation, correspondence with insurance organizations and sending of documents to insurance organizations

3. Management tasks:

Carrying out tasks related to leadership, organization, planning, coordination, and control of the underlying activities and processes, carrying out strategic planning and operational planning for the unit under management, performing validation, performing management of improvement of methods, processes, and productivity, conducting management costs.

4. Research tasks:

          a. Perform research on health information systems

          b. Participation in the design and collection of research information in the field of health

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