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HIM Students Visit Health Care Facility to Gain Insight into Field



Mar 27, 2015

Health information management (HIM) students from the Louisville Campus recently took a field trip to Jefferson Alcohol & Drug Abuse Center (JADAC) with HIM program director Linda Burcham. During the visit, they learned firsthand about working in the HIM field as they listened to a presentation by the center’s HIM supervisor. She discussed the importance of certification, and she reminded the students that networking through professional organizations such as the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) could be very beneficial to their careers. The students also toured the facility and learned about the HIM department’s plan to transition to electronic health records.

HIM student Tracey Hall said that during her visit to JADAC she learned that there are many different jobs available in the field. “To be in HIM, one needs to really understand HIPAA [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] and all the laws that you must abide by with health information,” she added. 

“I really enjoyed the trip,” said HIM student Felicia Trammel. “It allowed me to see a different role within the HIM world.” The students appreciated the opportunity to meet with an experienced HIM professional who provided insight about HIM careers.

Health information management program director Linda Burcham took students from her Introduction and Foundations of HIT class on a field trip.

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