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HIT Program At GNTC Receives Additional Accreditation
Date: December 2, 2009
The Health Information Technology (HIT) program of Georgia Northwestern Technical College has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
“The accreditation of the Health Information Technology program is a significant milestone in the growth of the program,” stated Mindy McCannon, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC). “I congratulate Jenny Pollock, Health Information Technology program director and instructor, who has worked diligently to achieve this accreditation in order for her students to obtain the best possible education in this field.”
Health Information Technician is an associate degree program offered on the Walker County Campus of GNTC. Health Information Technology is a “non-clinical” healthcare profession. GNTC’s Health Information Technician associate degree program is currently accredited by the American Health Information Management Association.
The Health Information Technology program trains students in a variety of information management functions including: organizing, analyzing, processing, and evaluating healthcare data; compiling administrative and healthcare statistics; coding diseases, operations, and procedures; protecting patient privacy and providing information security; enhancing the quality of health record documentation; participating in the planning, design selection, implementation, and support for information systems; and managing health information in an electronic environment. HIT professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry. Health Information Technicians can advance by specializing in medical coding, tumor registry, or privacy and security.