Health Information Technology Coursework Preview
DeVry’s Health Information Technology degree program includes these courses:
Basic Medical Terminology
This course introduces elements of medical terminology, such as the foundations of words used to describe the human body and its conditions, terminology for medical procedures, the names of commonly prescribed medications and recognition of common abbreviations. An understanding of basic medical terminology can help you carry out your duties as a health information technology professional, particularly when interacting with medical records.
Introduction to Health Services and Information Systems
Addressing history, organization and current issues in the U.S. healthcare delivery system, this health information technology course explores interrelationships among system components and care providers. Topics include licensing, accrediting and regulatory compliance activities, the importance of financial and quality management, safety, security and the role of health information technology professionals.
International Classification of Diseases Coding I
This course, the first in a two-course sequence, addresses principles, guidelines, definitions and coding conventions of the International Classification of Diseases Procedural Coding System. Coursework is designed to help students gain experience needed for accurately dissecting operative reports and building codes. Anatomy and code structure for each of the body systems, manual and computerized coding methods, health records and coding references are also examined.
Legal and Regulatory Issues in Health Information
This course examines legal and regulatory issues in healthcare, with an emphasis on their application to healthcare information services and documentation of care. Students in this health information technology course also have the opportunity to explore the rights and responsibilities of providers, employees, payers and patients. Topics in this course also include legal terminology pertaining to civil liability, the judicial and legislative processes, laws and regulations addressing release of information and retention of records as well as issues surrounding confidentiality.
Health Insurance and Reimbursement
In this course, students will have the opportunity to gain experience studying forms, processes, practices and the roles of health information professionals. They can also explore reimbursement and payment methodologies applicable to healthcare provided in various U.S. settings. Topics include third-party and prospective payment, insurance products and managed-care organizations.