Could online technology program be a perfect fit?

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The U.S. Department of Labor and the 2010-11 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook project employment of health information technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018.

For those looking to take advantage of a change in careers while working full time, the Regents Online Campus Collaborative offers a fully online program that leads to an associate’s degree in health information technology. The ROCC provides comprehensive educational programs and courses through a coordinated network of colleges, universities and technology centers across the state.

Roane State Community College is one of five community colleges that collaborated on the ROCC health information technology program.

Health information technicians ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy and proper entry into computer systems. Job duties include use of computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or controlling costs.

Health information technicians may work in hospitals, medical offices, consulting firms or from home.

For more about Roane State’s health information technology program, including the online option available through ROCC, visit www.roanestate.edu/HIT or contact Karen Feltner at 354-3000, Ext. 4327, or feltnerkh@roanestate.edu.