ATU – Ozark Adds Health Information Technology Program


Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus received approval to offer an option in Health Information Technology during the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board meeting held July 30.

The medical records and health information field is expected to grow 47% through the year 2010. Additionally, with the recent passage of Health Care Reform legislation, the program’s outcomes are more critical than ever.

Mr. Bruce Sikes, Chief Academic Officer said, “Ms. Serelda Johnson, chair of the Health Information Technology program has been instrumental in restructuring our Medical Transcription/Coding program to meet the new demand for electronic medical records in the health care industry. Under her guidance our campus will seek to meet the expectations of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Management Education.”

The organization and evaluation of healthcare records are the main responsibilities of the health information technician. These records include information about a patient’s symptoms and medical history, results of examinations and tests, and diagnoses and treatments.

The Health Information Technology program will enable the student to develop the technical skills necessary for managing health information within the healthcare industry.

Chancellor, Dr. Jo Alice Blondin stated, “Revising our existing medical records’ curriculum to become a Health Information Technology program is a reflection of current changes in health care technology as well as a direct response to our industry partners”.