Health Information Management is a two-year diploma program (fully accredited by the Canadian Health Information Management Association) focused on providing the skills and knowledge needed by health information practitioners. It prepares graduates to participate in the collection and organization of health information.
Curriculum content emphasizes:
- biomedical sciences
- health informatics
- health record systems
- medical classification systems and coding
- data collection
- statistical analysis and presentation
- health-care legislation
Graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Health Information Management Association national certification examination. Please visit the Canadian Health Information Management Association website to learn more about this certification and the associated exam fee.
Note: Students in this program will be required to provide their own laptop computer for the duration of the program. Details regarding specifications will be provided.
Part Time Study Options
This program does not offer a part-time study option.
George Brown College Continuing Education does offer part-time certificates and courses in Health Records. See the Continuing Education course guide at http://coned.georgebrown.ca.
Continuing Educution students interested in pursuing the professional HIM designation should apply to the two-year full-time Health Information Management program (C139) through the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS). You may receive recognition for courses taken in the Continuing Education certificate program subject to formal testing of your knowledge level in the biomedical science courses (anatomy, pathophysiology, and medical terminology).
Admission is dependent on meeting admission standards for the C139 program and availability of space within the program.
Field education in semesters two, three and four
Your Field Study options
Field placement plays an important role in this program by allowing students to apply classroom theory in a real-world environment.
In Semester 2, students will be placed at a health care facility for one week at the end of the semester. During that week, students will be exposed to various components of health data such as: the collection of, type of and privacy issues related to data.
During second year, field placement is integrated throughout semesters 3 & 4. Students will visit a partner office every Friday until the end of Semester 4 at which point they go on a three-week block placement. During that time, students will be expected to complete a project related to health data to include an analysis of data and health data related issues.
The type of sites where students can expect to conduct their field experiences include: health care facilities, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, health related insurance companies, Ontario Hospital Association, community care access centres.
Program Standards and Learning Outcomes
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Keep current with relevant local, national and global health care and health information management issues, trends, technologies and standards to support health information management systems and processes and guide professional development.
- Assess personal health information from individual client visits for accuracy, completeness and consistency using knowledge of biomedical sciences, medical diagnoses and interventions, causes of diseases, and medical terminology, abbreviations and acronyms.
- Apply current, accurate codes and standards to relevant personal health information from individual client visits using health information, coding, classification and abstracting systems proficiently.
- Comply with the legal obligations, as well as with the professional, ethical and organizational standards that ensure privacy, security and confidentiality in the access, retention, storage and disposal of personal health information.
- Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of health information management practices, policies and processes to support client care, organizational goals, operations, and regulatory compliance.
- Participate in maintaining the completeness, accuracy, consistency, timeliness and integrity of health information throughout the management of its lifecycle.
- Use knowledge of systems interoperability standards, database architecture, software versioning, classification and terminology mapping, data collection requirements, legal obligations, and the health information management lifecycle, and apply fundamental project management principles and practices to support the procurement and implementation of health information management systems.
- Retrieve and release personal health information in response to legitimate requests, in accordance with statutory requirements, and within specified deadlines.
- Participate in the retrieval, analysis and presentation of relevant health information to stakeholders to support organizational decision-making, epidemiological studies and clinical research.
- Work professionally, ethically and collaboratively with stakeholders and as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team, within a structured, regulated and evolving system of health care, to enhance the collection, distribution, use, security and awareness of quality health information and its impact on client care.
- Use current and emerging technologies to support the management, analysis and presentation of health information.
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