Health Information Technology
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is the only college in Massachusetts to offer a Bachelor's Degree in Health Information Technology, or Health IT. Health IT refers to the use of technologies to store, share, and analyze health information to improve patient care. This fast-growing field encompasses a range of positions that involve the development, implementation, and maintenance of computerized health information systems. With the goal of enhancing the quality of patient care and reduce costs, these systems are needed to enable the digitization, storage, and the secure exchange of health information among various clinicians across networks and web services within hospitals and other healthcare settings.
Health IT is one of the fastest growing fields in the healthcare industry with employment in this field is predicted to grow faster than the average for all occupations with a 19% increase through 2022 in Massachusetts. This growth is being fueled in large part by federal regulations which mandate that healthcare organizations such as hospitals adopt and use Health IT in a meaningful way in order to enhance healthcare quality while containing rising costs. These mandates create tremendous growth in hiring demand and earning potential for professionals who can assist healthcare organizations with the planning, developing, implementing, integrating, and managing Health IT systems.
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Information Technology
Statuary mandates and federal initiatives like the Meaningful Use financial incentive program are fueling the need for Health Information Technology (HIT) professionals. The healthcare industry is experiencing tremendous demand for individuals with the right combination of information technology skills and knowledge of healthcare language and clinical practices. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this field is predicted to grow faster than the average for all occupations with a 22% increase through 2020.
The HIT field encompasses a range of positions that involve the development, implementation, and maintenance of computerized health information systems. With the goal of enhancing the quality of patient care and reduce costs, these systems are needed to enable the digitization, storage, and the secure exchange of health information amongst various clinicians across networks and web services within hospitals and other healthcare settings.
Graduates of the BS program can make anywhere from $79,400 - $130,900, working as:
- Clinical Applications Coordinator
- Electronic Health Records Analysts
- Implementation Support Specialists
- Project Managers, Consultants
- Information Security Analysts
- Clinical Coding Specialists
- Health Information Systems Administrators and Managers
Upon graduation, students can elect to transfer to a graduate-degree institution to pursue advanced degrees related to HIT, healthcare management or informatics.
Associate of Science (AS) in Health Information Technology
Associate of Science in Health Information Technology graduates of the AS program can make anywhere from $37,900 - $56,600 per year, working as:
- Health Information Technicians
- Electronic Health Records Coordinators
- Computer Support Specialists
- Clinical Coding Associates
Upon graduation, students can continue into the Bachelor of Science program at BFIT in order to prepare for higher paying jobs with increased responsibility. The courses that are completed in the AS program can be applied to the BS program. Graduates of both programs will be able to work at organizations that provide patient care or health insurance, or at companies that create, develop, integrate, or maintain health information systems. Some of which include:
- Hospitals including VA Hospitals
- Electronic Health Records application developers, implementers and servicers
- Medical groups and clinics
- Retail clinics
- Health insurance organizations including HMOs
- Hardware and software vendors
- Medical device companies
- Consulting organizations
What will you learn?
- Medical terminology
- Electronic Health Records
- Medical coding and classification
- Healthcare databases
- Healthcare compliance
- Anatomy and physiology