• Effective Methods of Teaching ICD-10 CM/PCS

    This study aimed to determine effective methods of teaching the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification, and International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-CM/PCS). Quantitative and qualitative components, as well as evaluated and compared student evaluation from the two ICD-10 CM/PCS courses, were used to determine outcomes.  

  • Use of Program Evaluation in Health Information Management Educational Programs

    Health information management educational programs are required to participate in a variety of evaluation and assessment activities. Programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) are required to undergo ongoing program assessments and evaluation.  

  • Let’s Get Technical: Hospital-Level Research Using Big Data

    As the field of health informatics and information management matures, students must be trained to evaluate not only the adoption rates of technologies but also the clinical, financial, and quality outcomes associated with these technologies. Big data can provide the necessary information to quantify these effects. This article provides a high-level overview of tools that faculty can use to instruct students on how big data is used to study hospital outcomes.  

  • Optimizing the Master of Science Degree in Health Informatics and Information Management—Part 2

    The Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management (MS in HIIM) at East Carolina University commenced in the fall of 2013 in response to AHIMA’s call for more graduate programs. In this article (the second of a three-part series), we discuss the need for optimization of the program and describe the process undertaken during initial revision of the MS in HIIM. We begin with competition analysis and describe how the deficiencies identified led to the creation of a committee charged with optimizing the program.  

  • The EHR Project: Linking Curricular Components

    This article explains how a baccalaureate-level academic program’s health information systems project and its specific project activities can be linked throughout the health informatics and information management (HIIM) curriculum. Using information technology applications as the theme, it demonstrates how professional-level courses and their subsequent activities can be coordinated throughout the HIIM program.  

  • Healthcare Database Management for Health Informatics and Information Management Students: Challenges and Instruction Strategies—Part 2

    In the first part of this two-part series, the methodology behind the creation of a graduate-level course in healthcare database systems at East Carolina University was presented. The distinction between healthcare and traditional database courses was examined, along with construction of content. Specifically, minimum and extended construct sets pertaining to database modeling and interrogation were defined, taking into consideration accreditation requirements and a desired level of skill. The focus of this article is on implementation details, including course responsiveness and problem deconstruction strategies.  

  • First Steps in Starting a Master of Science Program in Health Informatics and Information Management

    The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) made a strategic decision in the 2000s to advocate for increased numbers of health information management (HIM) professionals educated at the graduate level. Many universities are developing master’s-degree programs in health informatics (HI) and HIM as a result. Our university established the Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management (MS HIIM) program in 2013 in response to this initiative.  

  • Master of Health Information Management Students’ First-Year Experiences: A Case Study

    The purpose of this study was to examine first-year students’ experiences in a new Master of Health Information Management (MHIM) program. The first year in a college program is challenging for students. Specifically, first-year students’ attrition from MHIM programs is an area of growing concern because the demand for health information management (HIM) professionals with advanced degrees is growing faster than the supply of graduates.