Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

AHM 202 - Fundamentals of Health Information Technology Science

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the Health Information Management (HIM) profession and the patient health record. Some of the topics covered are functions of the health record, content and structure of the health record, analysis of health records and health information, health care data sets, data access and retention, storage and retrieval systems, forms and screen design, and indexes and registers. Information is presented for both the paper-based and electronic health record.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Describe the purpose, structure, Code of Ethics and certification processes of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
Differentiate the roles of Health Information Management (HIM) professionals
Describe the workflow of records within a HIM Department
Differentiate between the functions and uses of primary and secondary health records
Identify the basic forms and formats for collection of patient information in various health care facilities
Evaluate and apply principles of forms design
Describe the purposes and techniques related to record analysis, including quantitative, qualitative, and legal
Compare different storage and retrieval systems
Discuss what forces are driving the adoption of electronic health records
Identify the legal, ethical, privacy, security and confidentiality issues and practices as they apply to health information

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 4

Course Prerequisites: AHM 102