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Health Information Technology Career Studies Certificate

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Health Information Technology (Health IT) is the area of Information Technology (IT) involving the design, development, creation, use and maintenance of information systems for the healthcare industry.

Health IT professionals provide the umbrella framework to manage health information across computerized systems and its secure exchange between consumers, providers, government and quality entities, and insurers.

Health IT is increasingly viewed as the most promising tool for improving the overall quality, safety and efficiency of the health delivery system. Health IT will help to decrease the incidence rate of medical errors, reduce healthcare costs, increase administrative efficiencies, decrease paperwork and expand access to healthcare consumers.

NOVA has designed a program for Healthcare and IT professionals to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to be a leader in the nationwide transition to Electronic Health Records.

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are the central component of the Health IT infrastructure. An EHR is an individual's official, digital health record and can be securely shared among multiple facilities and agencies. Through the use of EHRs, health providers have access to vital patient data, such as medical history, lab results, medical images and patient billing information. This discipline conveys the integration of information technology into healthcare to support the workflow and business objectives of clinicians.

The Health IT Career Studies Certificate program consists of 10 courses, totaling 23 credits. All courses are offered online. The program is designed to be completed in one year by full-time students. Participants will receive training in Electronic Health Records through Virtual Labs in specific courses.

This program does not require prior experience or knowledge of the healthcare or IT field.

Note: The Health IT Career Studies Certificate Program is currently eligible for Financial Aid.