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Health Information Management

Mission of SWOSU HIM Program  

The mission of the Health Information Management programs at Southwestern Oklahoma State University is to provide the academic foundation necessary to prepare students to be competent health information management professionals and meet the competencies that will enable them to apply management, research, and problem-solving skills to aspects of a medical/health information system, regardless of the setting or environment. 

Goals of HIM Program

  • Provide the academic foundation necessary to ensure that graduates are able to successfully perform the Competencies of the Health Information Management profession as periodically defined by nationally accepted standards of practitioner roles and functions.
  • Provide a quality program in Health Information Management supported by a comprehensive curriculum based on continuous assessment, modification, and reanalysis.
  • Employ and foster the development of faculty who demonstrate competence in current and emerging Health Information Management professional practice particularly related to areas of instructional responsibility
  • Monitor and be receptive to the needs of the community of interest served by the Health Information Management program at SWOSU.

The Profession

The Health Information Manager is the professional responsible for the management of health information systems within health care facilities and other health related organizations. The health information management administrator is an expert in the world of health record systems. He/she is responsible for obtaining complete health records for use in research; for gathering statistical information on which to base long-range health planning goals; for determining the legitimacy of requests for confidential medical information; for controlling the circulation and integrity of health records, and as a department head, is responsible for efficiency of the health information department employees in the performance of daily activities.

Combining knowledge in computers, medical vocabulary, health science, ethics, legal requirements, management and business, the HIM professional develops systems that support patient care, medical research, health planning, health care, evaluation systems and financial reimbursement for the health care institution.

Health information professionals are respected staff members who interact daily with the medical staff, financial managers and hospital administrative staff – all of whom depend on health information to get their jobs done. HIM professionals work in hospitals, accounting firms, insurance companies, information system vendors, law firms, individual or group physician practices, home health organizations, nursing homes and a wide variety of health-related organizations.

HIM Department DirectorThere are many diverse positions available in the HIM profession. Based on individual skills, education and interest some possible positions include;

  • HIM Department Assistant Director or Supervisor
  • HIM System Manager
  • Medical Staff Services Supervisor
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Quality Improvement Analyst
  • Medical Coding Specialist
  • Cancer Registrar
  • HIM Long-Term-Care Director
  • Insurance Company Manager
  • HIM Home Health Coordinator
  • Medical Paralegal
  • Manager Veterinary Record Systems
  • Manager Prison Record Systems
  • Systems Vendor/Systems Trainer
  • Systems Research and Development Specialist
  • Information Services Director
  • Health Statistics Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • HIM Educator
  • Research Assistant
  • Consultant
  • Client Service Representative
  • Utilization Review Coordinator
  • Corporate Privacy Officer
  • Corporate Security Officer
  • Corporate Compliance Officer
  • Accreditation Coordinator