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IU Northwest offers new bachelor’s degree in Health Information Administration

Job outlook promising for medical-records, health-information professionals

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The job outlook for health-information and medical-records professionals is promising, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with employment expected to increase by 20 percent -- much faster than the average of all occupations -- by 2018.

To meet the growing demand, Indiana University Northwest and the College of Health and Human Services are offering a new Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration degree program, beginning in the Spring 2012 semester.

“The industry is ideal for those who would like to work in the healthcare field but without direct hands-on patient care,” said Clinical Assistant Professor Linda Galocy. “The demand for professionals in this field is growing in large part because of a trend toward using electronic health records in health settings. That means that job prospects are especially good for those with exceptional computer software skills.”

The coursework will prepare students for careers in the management of health information and informatics in the healthcare setting. The field is a combination of the disciplines of medicine, information management, computer technology, business, finance, and law with the healthcare industry.

Those who work in the field are responsible for such tasks as managing electronic health records; managing clinical workflow; improving the quality and uses of data within the healthcare industry; protecting the privacy and security of patient health information; and analyzing information for reimbursement and research.

Galocy said faculty members are extensively involved in the HIM profession at the state, national and international levels and that graduates will be prepared to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam, offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Graduates typically find employment in hospitals, ambulatory and long-term care facilities, clinics, physicians’ offices, outsourcing companies, system vendors, insurance companies, law firms, and governmental agencies.

For more information about the Health Information Administration degree program, contact Galocy at (219) 980-6925 or


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