Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) recently announced that its faculty, current students and alumni will be observing Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week from March 26 to April 1.
This year's HIP is themed "Health Information Professionals: Leading the Way to Quality Data."
“As an accredited program, we want to bring awareness to the public that our program understands health data,” Michele Grant, assistant program director of the college’s Health Information Technology program, said. “Heath Information Professionals know how to look for quality data and then translate it to numerical form, which will improve healthcare, costs and research.”
NICC's Health Information Technology (HIT) program teaches students about the role and procedures of HIPs, who ensure that physicians have accurate and detailed information about their patients. Students in the program specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures and can assist facilities ranging from hospitals and private practices to long-term care facilities.
“In our local area, the candidate pool is small for qualified employees in health information technology, and I see people looking to add more coders to their teams all the time,” Megan Weis, a graduate of NICC's HIT program who is now the Medical Associates Clinic & Health Plans coding and reimbursement manager, said. “There are so many rewarding things about this career; every day is different and you could work at home. The healthcare industry is never going away. Health information professionals have a great deal of job security.”
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