Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT)

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A global credential with a global career opportunity

Behind every hospital, urgent care facility, medical clinic and practice is a cadre of Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) professionals who have the education and training needed in business, medical science, data analytics and technology to manage protected health information and healthcare operations.

These health information management and technology professionals govern, analyze and protect digital and traditional health information, which is vital to healthcare data and providing quality and consistent patient care. And they are employed by some of the world’s largest health care systems.

At Detroit Mercy’s HIMT program, there is no delay to your education and training as an HIMT professional. You will begin taking your core classes in your first semester. Most importantly, classes are available online to provide you the flexibility to attend them based on your schedule. In addition, your professional practicum experience will focus on serving those underserved by healthcare.

All students who have enrolled in the program to date have achieved a 100% completion rate.

Approximately 99% of all students who completed the HIMT program have expressed complete satisfaction with their education and choice.

100% Completion Rate
22% Job Growth Expected
99% Satisfaction Rate
Information security analysis and health service managers are in the top ten most in-demand jobs.

Career Possibilities

HIMT professionals serve in all healthcare areas and settings. Many of Detroit Mercy’s HIMT graduates fill leadership, business, strategic planning and administrative positions, and continue to be leaders within the healthcare workforce. A few of their roles include

  • Clinical Documentation Specialist
  • Compliance Officer
  • Credentialing Specialist
  • Data Integrity Analyst, Data Analytics or Quality Specialist
  • Director of Risk Management
  • Healthcare Data Analyst
  • Health Information Administrator/Manager/Director
  • Information Security Specialist or Governance Specialist
  • Insurance Benefits Coordinator
  • Medical Chart Auditor or Coder
  • Medical Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Medical Fraud Examiner/Specialist
  • Medical Technology Development
  • Privacy and Security Officer
  • Quality Improvement Analyst
  • Release of Information Specialist
  • Revenue Cycle Specialist
  • Utilization Specialist

What are HIMT grads saying?


Thahmena Uddin tells why she chose Detroit Mercy

headshot of lindaThe program provided me with the necessary skillset to pass the RHIA certification exam, which enabled me to obtain a higher-level position in the field. The University's Jesuit and Mercy values have influenced my career helping to ensure the inclusion of health promotion and social justice into all my roles.
Linda Sorensen ’90, Dept. Chair Allied Health and Health Information Management, Davenport University

headshot of lundrellBe the light that helps others to see. This quote reminds me that being apart of the HIMT program Detroit Mercy is my way to shine my light in healthcare for others.I chose the HIMT program at Detroit Mercy because of the broad range of specialties within health care where I believe that I can truly make a difference.
Lundrell Johnson, '19

victoria headshotI chose the HIMT program because I wanted to stay in the healthcare field without having to do patient care. Once I graduate, I’ll have so many career options. I like that because it makes me more marketable in a field that is in high demand.  Faculty were very encouraging and always willing to help in any way possible.
Victoria Ryce, '20

 

Accreditations and Partnerships Matter

CAHIIM Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM)

The Baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management and Technology at the University of Detroit Mercy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). 

CAHIIM accreditation allows Detroit Mercy graduates the eligibility to apply and take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination in their last term of study or after graduation.

RHIA Credentials

Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination

The RHIA credential is a globally recognized credential administered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), a member of the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA). 

Job opportunities for RHIAs exist in multiple settings throughout the healthcare industry, including hospitals, provider offices, out-patient clinics/surgery centers, long-term care, hospice and mental health facilities.

Educational Partners

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The Detroit Mercy HIMT program has met the rigorous standards of delivering healthcare IT education and training by receiving status as an Approved Education Partner (AEP) through Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Please view the Letter of Program Approval.

The HIMT program also has an educational collaborative partnership with the Michigan Medical Group Management Association which provides students the opportunity to engage with medical office professionals around Michigan. 

Moving your career forward

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    Internationally recognized credentialing exams:

    • Graduation from a CAHIIM accredited program will allow you the opportunity to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credentialing exam.
    • A Bachelor of Science, minor or Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management and Technology at  Detroit Mercy will also provide you the opportunity to specialize and prepare for the following international recognized credentialing exams:
      • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA)
      • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP)
      • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS)
      • American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam
      • American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Physician Practice Manager (CPPM)
      • Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS) (not CAHIMA)
      • Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) Certified Physician Practice Executive (CMPE)

Questions?

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Patricia DeVoy
* Department Chair
Assistant Professor
313-993-1565
devoyps@udmercy.edu

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Paula Strussione
Academic Coordinator - HIMT & McAuley School of Nursing
313-578-0569
pstrussi@udmercy.edu

HIMT Objectives

Vision

The vision of the Health Information Management and Technology program at University of Detroit Mercy is to produce globally prepared leaders in the health information management profession, who are able to transform, interpret and administer healthcare data to improve healthcare delivery and patient safety.

Learning Goals

Students will graduate from this program prepared to:

  • Professionally and ethically practice health information management technology within a global healthcare system.
  • Manage healthcare data, perform quality/performance assessments and apply the principles of organizational and human resources management to health information management technology.
  • Apply the knowledge, skills and characteristics they learn to successfully earn the Registered Health Information Management Administrator credential.