Health Information Management

The School of Health Professions offers a BS in Health Information Management as a two-year program on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, KS. Students must complete their first two years of undergraduate prerequisites from KU's Lawrence campus or another qualified accredited institution to become eligible for admission.  Health Information Management (HIM) links health care clinicians with information technology and is the bridge between patients’ health information and health insurers, state and federal government, and other regulating agencies.

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Management:  Involves managing Health Information Management department staff, budget, and overall operations.

Coding: Involves reviewing medical documentation and accurately assigning codes for billing purposes.

Quality Improvement: Includes collecting and summarizing performance data, identifying opportunities for improvement, and presenting data to other administrators.

Compliance: Involves conducting chart audits, preparing reports, and reporting data.

Risk Management: Includes collecting, evaluating and maintaining data concerning patient injuries, claims, and worker's compensation. Reports data and implements changes to policies and procedures as necessary.

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Employer categories:

  • Accounting Firms
  • Consulting Firms
  • Corrections Facilities
  • Federal and State Health Care Agencies
  • Healthcare Management Companies (HMOs)
  • Home Health Care Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Information Systems Vendors
  • Insurance Companies
  • Law Firms
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Medical Software Companies
  • Medical Clinics/Group Practices
  • Mental Health Clinics
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Physicians' Offices
  • Public Health Care Agencies
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  1. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  2. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  3. Consider pursuing Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification to enhance your employment prospects. After completing KU's HIM program, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Health Information Management Association National Registry Examination that allows the successful candidate to be officially recognized as a Registered Health Information Administrator and utilize the RHIA credential after their name
  4. Join professional associations related to Health Information Management, such as the Kansas Health Information Management Association or the American Health Information Management Association and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals in your field of interest
  5. Consider joining a professional organization related to health information management and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.  Health information is a relatively small, tight-knit field. Ask your professors, advisors, friends, and others you know if they can introduce you to someone in your interest area.  Additional networking tools and resources that may be helpful include American Health Information Management Association's Community of Practice or LinkedIn.
  6. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals
  7. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school
  8. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KUMC related to your area of interest, such as: Infectious Disease Interest Group, Food for Thought, Students Educating and Advocating for Diversity, and Whole Health and Alternative Medicine
  9. Develop strong verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, attention to detail, flexibility, and technical skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and databases

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