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Director's Greeting

Ellen Cadwell, RHIA

 A warm greeting to all our visitors to the Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) site. And, a special welcome to all the HIIM website visitors who are exploring career and educational opportunities.

 The field of HIIM is continually evolving and the job titles and specialized training (tracts) are being recognized. At this point in time, our specialized tract is the Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist certificate. Our other tract was created for the generalist. The generalist can accept jobs in many areas such as Coding, Release of Information,  Clinical Documentation Improvement, and Management. Other titles or job duties that are coming to the forefront are Information Governance and Information Analytics.

The American Health Information Management website has a wonderful tool to help you decide how to move through career pathways that are available to you. It is interesting to see the possibilities of using your education to grow.

HIIM Career Map

The field of HIM is continually evolving and the jobs that require specialized expertise also continue to grow. The Health Informatics and Information Management programs at Shoreline Community College provide an excellent baseline for you to enter the HIIM field. As you move forward with your career, you will learn that you need to be a lifelong learner and grow into the many jobs and specialties that are becoming available in Health Information Management.

Shoreline Community College students continue to have very good completion rates in the Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist certificate program.

Students completing the AAAS degree and sitting for the national Registered Health Information Technology exam have consistently been ranked higher than the national average.

There are two key elements to developing this success. The first is the strong desire our students have to succeed in the HIIM field and the second is the strong commitment of  program faculty to encourage our students to grow and succeed in their chosen field.

 As our field continues to evolve, rest assured that our instruction is evolving with it. An HIIM education at Shoreline Community College will provide an excellent foundation for you as you seek entry to the world of Health Informatics and Information Management.

 Best wishes,

 Ellen