Overview of Health Information Management
The Barbados Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Management (HIM). The HIM curriculum combines the disciplines of medical records management, information technology, health care, human resources and law. The programme is very diverse and extensively covers the principles and practices of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting electronic and traditional health information which is essential to patient safety and quality health care.
As a programme of the Division of Health Sciences, the goals of the Health Information Management (HIM) Program are developed in accordance with the underlying purpose and mission of the Barbados Community College. In response to the educational, economic and community needs of the service areas, the HIM program is committed to producing innovative competent, confident and knowledgeable graduates for health care delivery organizations and associated entities, both governmental and non-governmental. We therefore seek to:
- Instill a commitment to lifelong learning and important ethical values.
- Offer a high quality education through the creation of a positive, supportive environment in which teaching, learning and research might take place.
- Provide innovative teaching and learning experiences with the use of information technology tools and applications.
- Prepare students for meaningful participation in society as responsible citizens who are fully aware of the mutual rights, duties and obligations of all persons.
- Develop the skills and competencies necessary for effective communication.
Our mission is to enhance health information management and technology education. We train individuals to high levels of competence to ensure data quality and integrity with emphasis on patient confidentiality. By this means we assure that health information is available for health-related critical decision making, for multiple purposes across all diverse organizations, settings and disciplines.
HIM Programme Objectives
Upon completion of the HIM programme graduates will be able to work with health information systems, managing medical records, and coding information for reimbursement and research. The graduates will be uniquely qualified to:
- Code and classify data for statistical, research and reimbursement purposes.
- Ensure health information is complete and available to legitimate users.
- Analyze information necessary for decision support.
- Protect patient privacy and confidentiality as well as provide information security.
- Enhance the quality and uses of data within healthcare.
- Supervise/Manage health information computer systems.
- Comply with standards and regulations related to health information locally, regionally and internationally.
- Prepare and analyze clinical data for research.