Health Information Management

HIM 100      Introduction to the Health Information Management Field (3)

Introduction to the health information field and professional ethics. Regulatory, certification, and licensure requirements for content and maintenance of hospital health records. Common healthcare statistics related to hospital and physician performance.  Laboratory and lecture.   Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.


HIM 111      Medical Terminology (3)

The language of medicine including Latin/Greek prefixes, suffixes and root words.  Diagnostic and procedural terms will be included.


HIM 212      Pathophysiology for Health Information Management (3)

A study of major disease processes including their symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.  Students will learn which diagnostic tests are used as well as the appropriate surgical techniques.  Basic pharmacology and the most commonly used drugs will be discussed.


HIM 220      Data Management and Analysis for Health Information (3)

Use of database management software to manage and query health care data. Use of spreadsheet software to import data form health care databases. Data presentation principles. Calculation and use of special statistics related to the health care setting. These statistics are used for health facility planning and administration and for epidemiology. Pre/Co-requisite: CSC 311C.


HIM 305      Inpatient Coding and Classification (3)

Coding and classification schemes used for hospital inpatients will be discussed.  Special emphasis will be placed on the International Classification of Disease-10th-Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and International Classification of Disease-10th-Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS).  ICD-9CM will be discussed as legacy. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.  Prerequisites: HIM 100/111/212, BIO 215T, BIO 215L, BIO 216T, and BIO 216L.


HIM 306      Outpatient Coding and Classification (3)

Coding and classification schemes used for outpatients in hospitals, ambulatory care centers and physician offices will be discussed.  Special emphasis will be placed on Current Procedural Terminology, 4th edition (CPT-4), and reimbursement classifications.  Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.  Prerequisites: BIO 215T, BIO 215L, BIO 216T and BIO 216L.  Co-requisite:  Completion of or concurrent enrollment in HIM 305.


HIM 309      Legal Aspects of Health Information (3)

Overview of the legal system, civil procedure, rules of evidence, tort law, corporation law, contracts, and antitrust laws. Discussion of specific laws related to health information such as patient consent, the legal health record, privacy, security, access, disclosure, release of information, required reporting, risk management, quality improvement, corporate compliance, medical staff, and worker-related issues.


HIM 313      Management for the Health Professions (3)

Introduces students to six basic management functions (planning, organizing, staffing, directing, controlling and decision making) in the context of health care such as hospitals, long term care facilities and other health related organizations.  Concepts of management and management responsibilities (such as ethics, leadership and motivation) are related to selected functions.  Students lead case discussion groups or critique journal articles on each management function.


HIM 392      Professional Practice Experience I – Technical (3)

The student will complete a three-week practicum in a hospital health information management services area.  Students will practice technical skills learned during the first year of the health information management curriculum.  (Note: Students who transfer from a health information technology program will transfer the equivalent of this course.)  Prerequisites:  HIM 100, HIM 305, HIM 306, and HIM 309, BIO 215T, BIO 215L, BIO 216T and BIO 216L; matriculated status in the SUNY Polytechnic Institute HIM program; and permission of the instructor.


HIM 400      Non-Hospital Health Information Management Systems (2)

Non-hospital health care settings offer exciting employment alternatives for health information managers.  Included in this course will be a study of health information systems for psychiatric, developmental, occupational, long term, home health, correctional, emergency medical services, and veterinary care.  In addition, disease registries will be covered.  Prerequisites: HIM 392. Corequisite: HIM 494.


HIM 401      Systems for the Evaluation and Improvement of Health Care Systems (3)

A study of the historical basis for current trends in the evaluation of health care, and an explanation of the role of the health care manager in this process.  Methods for assessing quality and appropriateness.  Use of the system as a risk management tool.  Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: HIM 100; STA 100.


HIM 403      Introduction to Epidemiology (3)

Preventing the incidence of disease requires an understanding of the risk factors associated with its cause.  This course will provide a foundation for understanding the dynamics of health and disease in society, and impart a grasp of the fundamentals of epidemiology.


HIM 425      Research in Health Information Management (3)

Examines the environment for health and medical research in the United States, including the protection of human subjects. Provides an overview of the HIPAA privacy and security rules as they pertain to research. Identifies the major research methods. Uses a case study approach to prepare students to conduct analysis of primary research data and research-oriented secondary data using statistical software. Prerequisites: HIM 220, HIM 305, HIM 309, and STA 100.


HIM 435      Health Information Systems (3)

This course is intended to expose hospital managers to the areas where computers can assist in the direct care of the patient and the management of hospitals.  Emphasis will be placed on how to evaluate computers and information systems for hospitals, the unique problems involved in implementing computerized systems in the health care environment, and strategies for minimizing problems. Prerequisite: HIM 100, HIM 220.


HIM 440      Health Informatics Concepts (3)

Overview of the information technologies needed to manage patient information in health care facilities and between health-related organizations. Discusses data structures (including clinical classifications, vocabularies, and terminologies), national/international standards, federal laws/regulations, legal requirements, clinical decision support, data-mining applications, privacy and security, needs of consumers, public health needs, and emerging technologies. Prerequisites: HIM 100, and HIM 220. Corequisites: HIM 435


HIM 445      Healthcare Reimbursement (3)

Overview of payment systems for voluntary healthcare insurance plans, government-sponsored healthcare programs, managed care plans, hospital inpatients, ambulatory care patients, and post-acute care patients. Also includes revenue cycle management, the importance of clinical coding compliance, and value-based purchasing. Prerequisites: CSC 311C, HIM 305, HIM 306, HIM 400 and STA 100.


HIM 450      Health Information Services Management (3)

Department management technique for health information management.  Applications of systems analysis, computer science, budgeting, personnel management, and plant layout for the health information manager.  Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.  Prerequisites: HIM 400, MGT 318 and permission of HIM Program Coordinator.


HIM 490      Selected Topics in Health Information Management (Variable 1-4)

Courses offered as Selected Topics in Health Information Management supplement regularly offered courses.  Such courses enhance the student’s general knowledge of Health Information Management topics.


HIM 491      Independent Study (Variable 1‑4)

Extensive study and research on a particular topic of student interest under the supervision of a faculty member.  The student is required to submit a written proposal which includes a description of the project, its duration, education goals, method of evaluation, and number of credits to be earned.  Prerequisites:  Matriculated students only, permission of instructor and dean of subject area.


HIM 493      Senior Seminar (2)

Final summary course with discussion of current events in the health information management field and preparation to enter the job market.  Includes a final comprehensive examination on the curriculum (a mock certification examination for the registered health information administrator).  Pre/Corequisite: HIM 450 and permission of HIM Program Coordinator.


HIM 494      Professional Practice Experience II – Specialty (1)

Rotations through various non-hospital health information management service areas in facilities, such as those dealing with mental health, developmental disabilities, long‑term care, hospice, home care, ambulatory care, disease registries, correctional health and occupational health.  Co-requisite:  HIM 400.  Prerequisite: Matriculated status in the SUNY Polytechnic Institute HIM program.


HIM 495      Professional Practice Experience III – Management (3)

Completion of a three-week experience in the health information management services area of a type of health–related organization of the student’s choice.  Students will apply management skills learned in the health information management curriculum and they will complete at least one management-level project for the organization. Co-requisites: completion of or concurrent enrollment in HIM 450 and HIM 440. Prerequisite: Matriculated status in the SUNY Polytechnic Institute HIM program.