Program Overview

Certified Health Information Management professionals are in high demand across the continuum of care. Major changes to our health care system are creating exciting career opportunities in a variety of health care settings within the provincial and federal governments.

Health Information Management professionals are one of the few professionals trained to meet these challenges:

  • Contribute to health care delivery as members of the health care team;
  • Manage health information services in health facilities;
  • Work with confidential health records: format, content, quality, and use;
  • Use technologies to capture, manage and analyze data;
  • Prepare, analyze, and present health information for use in health care delivery and financial and management planning;
  • May specialize in areas such as research, management, quality improvement, risk analysis, clinical trials, and clinical financial resource integration; and
  • Maintain skills, knowledge, and expertise through mandatory Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

This program is accredited through CHIMA (Canadian Health Information Management Association). Graduates are encouraged to sit for the certification exam through the Canadian College of Health Information Management. Candidates who successfully write the Certified in Health Information Management (CHIM) national certification examination (NCE) earn a CHIM professional designation. This examination assesses the entry-level competencies of graduates of accredited Health Information Management programs.

Career Opportunities

Health Information Management professionals work in a variety of different settings including acute care, primary care, community care, long-term care and health care corporations. Certified Health Information Management professionals oversee the quality of patient information at every aspect of health care delivery. They work in a variety of areas, including:

  • Health Records/Information
  • Services Admitting /Patient Registration
  • Quality Management
  • Research and Statistics
  • Information Systems
  • Utilization Management /Decision Support
  • Risk Management
  • Government Agencies
  • Educational Institutions
  • Community Health Clinics
  • Law Offices
  • Insurance Companies
  • Health Care/Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Primary Care Agencies
  • Nursing Homes and Long-term Care Facilities

Admissions Requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent
  • Government Issued Photo ID
  • Privacy of Personal Information (PIPEDA)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 English
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Math
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
  • Computer Science

Practicum Requirements

  • Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) 
  • Completion of the Westervelt College Health Form

Curriculum

Anatomy & Physiology I

This core course will develop one’s understanding of the structure and physiological functioning of the human body and its adaptation within the external and internal environment.  Students will be introduced to the study of the human body and how it functions to maintain homeostasis.  Through a variety of learning experiences which may include classroom instruction, laboratory studies including specimen dissections, group activities and independent learning students acquire knowledge of the interactions of body parts and systems including cells, tissues, organs and organ systems.  The integumentary, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems will be emphasized.

Anatomy & Physiology II

You will study the human body, how it is constructed, and how it functions to maintain homeostasis. The course builds on the information you learned in HIM 401: Anatomy and Physiology 1. You will focus on the study of systems involved with integration, control, absorption, excretion, and reproduction. You will apply your theoretical knowledge in a practical setting.

Clinical Coding I

Your in-house clinical experience will focus on coding with the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision. International Classification of Disease Interventions, Canadian Edition (ICD-10-CA/CCI). You will study body systems such as skin, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, blood and respiratory systems. You will also study neoplasm, infection, and orthopedic trauma cases.

Clinical Coding II

The clinical experience will build on the skills developed in Coding I.  Students will focus on coding with the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision, Canada/Canadian Classification of Heath Interventions (ICD-10-CA/CCI).   Also covered are the body systems including digestive, hepatobiliary, urinary, reproductive, nervous, special senses and endocrine systems.  One will examine nutritional, metabolic, mental and behavioral disorder cases and how to abstract data.

Clinical Coding III

The clinical experience will build on the skills developed in International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision, Canada/Canadian Classification of Heath Interventions (ICD-10-CA/CCI) coding and abstracting.   Students study human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections, septicemia, pregnancy/childbirth and newborn coding cases.  Also studied are complex coding cases and a review of coding practices and guidelines, data quality issues, report writing and data presentation.

This core course focuses on the concepts of database design, development, testing, documentation, and maintenance. You will learn to design single and multi-table databases using MS Access. The course content includes the fundamentals of algorithms and algorithm analysis.

Students will learn about the transition to the electronic health record and the impact on Health Information Management. The student will also be introduced to Health Informatics standards, including health level seven (HL7).

This course introduces participants to the organization and operation of the health systems of Canada. The initial section focuses on the client as the consumer of health services. Discussion is focused on the historical concepts of the provider-client relationships; integrated client-centered care.  Also examined are major institutional and community components and the interrelationships; role of government; the impact of access to services with the shift from the institutionally-based illness model with curative technology to a wellness model stressing client rights, community development and health promotion in a climate of the learning organization with quality improvement initiatives.

You will become familiar with health law, especially as it pertains to health information, and the issues associated with the privacy, confidentiality and security of health information. You will identify appropriate ethical conduct in pursuing your professional role and gain an overview of legislation relating to health care and health information. You will examine how health information is used in legal proceedings and in research. You will be able to design policies related to privacy, confidentiality, and security and participate in risk management activities.

Health Information Analysis I

You will learn how health data is collected and used. You will learn how to retrieve, analyze and present data/information. You will also become familiar with the use and content of the basic Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) reports, data presentation, and graphic techniques.

Health Information Analysis II

Building on the skills you developed in HIM 205 – Health Information Analysis 1, your studies will focus on the research, design, and methodology of health information analysis and utilization. You will also review various health information sources and documentation. You will be introduced to report writing, nomenclatures, various classification systems and Management Information Systems (MIS) standards.

Your studies will prepare you to deal with information systems related to Health Information Management and changes in computer technology and information systems. You will acquire the skills to participate in analyzing and planning for system changes that affect health information files.

You will explore the structure of the health care system and uses of health information. You will study federal and provincial legislation regarding health records and the ethical/legal considerations involved in the confidentiality of health information. You will examine basic health information management department procedures. You will learn the concepts of coding and focus on basic health record procedures including chart assembly and quantitative analysis.

This course focuses on management theories, maintaining collaborative relationships, managing and evaluating staff performance and development, human rights, and labour standards.

Your studies will introduce you to basic skills in the use of PowerPoint software for designing, editing and delivering presentations. You will also learn the fundamentals of Excel for creating spreadsheets and data management

Pathophysiology I

The student will be introduced to various disease processes that can affect normal body structure and function. You will also study the effects of drugs and nutrition on the human body. You will study disease processes and the effects they have on the skin, breast, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, blood, lymphatic and respiratory body systems.

Pathophysiology II

Building on the skills you developed in Pathophysiology 1 (HIM 301), you will continue to learn disease processes and the effects they have on the digestive, urinary, reproductive and endocrine body systems. You will also examine disorders of the eye and ear, and psychiatric disorders.

In this course, students will be introduced to project management and project management tools. The student will demonstrate project skills and the ability to use MS Project.

Your studies will include the nature and scope of epidemiology (especially as these relate to health information systems). You will study the distribution of diseases in populations and factors that influence the occurrence of disease.

You will learn statistical methods of analysis and inference including descriptive measures, frequency distributions, probability, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and correlation and regression techniques. The emphasis in this course is on statistical applications, with problems chosen from the health sciences field.

You will review effective writing skills and apply those skills to workplace documents: e-mails, memos, business letters, and reports. You will apply the theory of effective oral communication to individual presentations and meetings. You will examine interpersonal relationships in the workplace and demonstrate conflict resolution skills in individual and group settings.

Practicum Placement I

You will apply your previously learned theory and experience in health information management while working in a health care agency. Your practicum will focus on records management and coding. You will have an opportunity to practice abstracting and presenting data.

Practicum Placement II

Your practical experience will help you acquire experience working in the health information field. You will develop your professional skills by performing a project related to Health Information Management or the operational requirements of a Health Information Department, including research and the presentation of the project outcomes.

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303 Richmond Street, London, Ontario N6B 2H8, Canada
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