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About Health Informatics and Information Management

Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) is an allied health professional program that focuses on the integration of information technology and management for all types of health care facilities, organizations, and agencies. The health information manager combines knowledge of health care, health records, information management and administration to provide services, which meet the medical administrative, legal, ethical, regulatory and institutional requirements of the health care delivery system being served.

The health informatics and information management curriculum is made up of two parts: the pre-professional curriculum and the professional curriculum. In the pre-professional program, the student will complete two years of basic science and general education courses. Then, the student will complete two years of intensive coursework in health informatics and information management. This experience includes, but is not limited to, laboratory and supervised clinical experiences at area health care facilities.

Clinical Experiences
Each student, upon acceptance into the HIIM program, is required to participate in supervised learning experiences in the technical and administrative aspects of health informatics and information management in the Tallahassee and surrounding area health care facilities. The health informatics and  information management student is also required to participate in a four-week management affiliation (internship) in a health care facility. The student's preferences of the choice of the facility are considered; however, the faculty reserves the right to select alternative affiliation sites which serve the best interests and needs of the student to complete the education requirements. Clearing a criminal background check is required prior to advancing to the clinical component of the curriculum.

Professional Credentials
A bachelor of science degree is awarded upon completion of the curriculum. A graduate is eligible to take the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).

Program Accreditation
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education

The Health Informatics and Information Management B.S. degree program at Florida A&M University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM is the accrediting organization for degree-granting programs in health informatics and information management.  CAHIIM serves the public interest by establishing quality standards for the educational preparation of future health information management professionals.  When a program is accredited by CAHIIM, it means that it has voluntarily undergone a rigorous review process and has been determined to meet or exceed the accreditation standards.

Program Outcomes

In a 2016 survey, 92% of Florida A&M University Health Informatics and Information Management graduates rated the overall quality of their academic experience in preparing them to become a health information management profession as excellent (67%) or good (25%).

In a 2016 survey, 100% of employers rated the overall quality of Florida A&M University Health Informatics and Information Management graduates as outstanding (75%) or good (25%).

FAMU Health Informatics and Information Management Program is #3 in the Nation for 2017-2018
Florida A&M University was named as having one of the Top 25 Health Information Management Degree Programs in our most recent ranking!  Florida A&M University, which ranked 3rd, was recognized in part for offering pre-professional and professional programs, where the former contains foundational science, humanities, and communications courses and the latter consists primarily of laboratory and supervised clinical work.  All of the schools considered for this top ranking are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  Schools were ranked based on professional development, skills training, internship requirement, culminating experience, RHIA exam preparation, research component, and net cost.

For more -

Health Information Management Profession  Links “American Health Information Management Association" “Florida Health Information Management Association” “The Health Information Management Profession"

Articles and Resources Highlighting HIIM Career and Workforce Issues

Demand for Informatics Jobs Projected To Skyrocket

• Often-cited study, "Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics,” on need for greater HIT workforce

• HHS secretary calls health IT among the "'most promising frontiers' for the US economy"

• Industry blog on the high demand for coders due to EHR, CAC, and ICD10

• FierceEMR article on HIM staffing needs in the ambulatory setting

• April 2011 article on HIT's role in record number new healthcare jobs

•2012 AHIMA Salary Survey

YouTube Videos

Professional Tasks and Working Environment
Health Informatics and Information Management encompasses (a) understanding the impact technology has on people, (b) the development of new uses for technology, and (c) the application of information technology in the context of another field. Florida A&M University offers a B. S. degree in, Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM). This degree prepares graduates for informatics and information related roles in the health care delivery system.

RHIAs organize the evidence used in evidence-based medicine. They arm the provider with organized evidence to support patient care, reimbursement, teaching, research, quality improvement, and legal inquiries. Accomplished in the art and science of electronic information systems, these professionals serve as advocates of the patient-provider relationship and the information suppliers for the business side of evidence-based medicine. 

Skills and Interests Most Suited to a Career in Health Informatics and Information Management
HIIM professionals manage people and information. They must be able to supervise others, think logically, understand how systems function and interact, apply business theory for effective work processes, write and speak clearly, and discreetly handle confidential information. HIIM professionals who have interests in computer science, business administration, health science, and health care facility administration are well suited for a career in this career.

Employment and Career Opportunities
Opportunities for a health information management career are excellent. HIM professionals are in demand now and the future outlook is equally as strong. HIM professionals enjoy a broad selection of job opportunities and options for professional growth. Based on your skills, education, and interests, here are some positions available to you:

With a Bachelor's Degree:
·    HIIM Department Director
·    HIIM System Manager
·    Data Quality Manager
·    Chief Privacy Officer
·    Information Security Officer
·    HIIM College Instructor
·    Consultant

Professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the health care industry, from hospitals, clinics, insurance agencies, to software vendors.

Growth and Income
The salary for health informatics and information management professionals can vary depending upon the type and size of the facility, whether it is in private industry or health care organization, location, job responsibilities, experience, and education. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of HIIM professionals is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. On top of strong job prospects, competitive salaries also await HIIM graduates.  The median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $94,500.  According to a recent salary survey, the average annual full-time HIIM salary across all work settings is $57,370.  More than half of new HIIM graduates with a bachelor’s degree start with an average salary of $42,000. Five years out, many are earning $50,000 to $75,000. 

Contact Info

334 Palmer Ave
Lewis-Beck Building Suite 306
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: 850.599.3818
F: 850.561.2457