Program Objective

This Diploma in Health Information Management is "Approved as a vocational program under the Ontario Career Colleges Act, 2005"

Personal health information about Canadians is being collected, recorded, reviewed, and transmitted every day. Informed decisions affecting health services can only be achieved with the best information available.

The role of health information management goes beyond managing health records to managing the information contained in those records. Using computer skills and knowledge of healthcare fundamentals, critical medical information is translated from patient health records into data following national data standards. The health information management professional then interprets the data to provide comprehensive quality information for patient care, resource allocation, statistics, research, planning and education.

This program provides classroom instruction to train students to become competent health information management professionals. After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a MLC College Health Information Management diploma.

Key Benefits

The aim of this subject is to prepare the future members of the modern healthcare team through a foundation in business and healthcare fundamentals as well as management of electronic health record issues. The key benefits are career stability, immense demand, job prospects in more locations, good salary, career growth opportunities and wider industry and workplace selection. Students will gain the knowledge to work in many different healthcare settings such as hospital, doctor's office, walk-in clinic and other health settings.

Program Outline - NOC Code and Job Functions

Course Outline:

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • Introduction to Health Information Management

  • Business Communication

  • Management and Leadership

  • Project Management and Planning

  • Privacy and Release of Information

  • Database Management

  • Health Information Systems

  • Health Data Management

  • Quantitative Method and Hospital Statistics

  • Canadian Health Care and Health Information Management

  • Medical Terminology

  • Health-care Law

  • Record Management and Computation in HIM

  • Pathophysiology

  • MS Office Applications

  • Health Information Coding Classification I

  • Health Information Coding Classification II

  • Case study and Project

  • Interview Preparation

Associated National Occupation Classification (NOC) Codes

After pursuing a Diploma in Health Information Management, the graduates are eligible for positions falling under the following job titles under 1252:

  • Classifier, health records

  • Health information management coder

  • Health information management practitioner

  • Health information management professional

  • Health information management supervisor

  • Health information management technician

  • Health records classifier

  • Health records management coder

  • Health records management supervisor

  • Health records technician

  • Medical records supervisor

  • Medical records technician

  • Medical records technicians supervisor

  • Medical records unit supervisor

  • Supervisor, medical records technicians

  • Supervisor, medical records unit

  • technician, medical records

Employment areas and Prospects

The employment outlook will be good for Health information management occupations (NOC 1252) in Ontario for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.

  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements. There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation. We expect that the labour supply and demand for Health information management occupations (NOC 1252) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Classify and code diseases according to an established classification system

  • Collect, code, cross-reference and store health records and related information

  • Abstract, assemble and analyze clinical data and related demographic information from health records according to established policies and procedures

  • Operate information systems to maintain indexes for classification systems and to manage and retrieve health records information

  • Prepare medical, social and administrative statistics

  • May supervise other health information management technicians and related workers.

Mode of Training

This program is offered in-class format only.