Magazine article Techniques

Mid-State Technical College

Magazine article Techniques

Mid-State Technical College

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At its Marshfield campus, Wisconsin's Mid-State Technical College (MSTC) prepares students for the emerging world of electronic, comprehensive health record management and application through the Biomedical Informatics Technician (BIT) program. The associate in applied science program teaches students to abstract and code clinical data using proper classification systems and to analyze health records according to established protocols and standards.

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Kerry Heinecke, program director and lead faculty member for the "BIT program, says that the program is unique in that it is almost entirely online, except, for the electronic medical records class that requires students to come in to work on the tablet PC that many health care providers now use. "Students can do work anytime and at. their own pace," Heinecke explains, "although they must meet the deadline for each learning plan."

In the first semester of the two-year program, the courses include Microsoft Office-Beginning, medical terminology, medical records, written communication, and general anatomy arid physiology Among the subjects studied in the second semester are quality management, electronic medical records, human diseases for the health professions and technical reporting. There are also courses on introductory statistics and the organization of health care.

In the third semester, students take courses in database management, applied data analysis, health data analysis and performance improvement, and supervision. The supervision course allows students . to apply the skills and tools necessary to perform the functions of a contemporary frontline leader. The third semester pharmacology course introduces students to classifying medications into correct drug categories and applying basic pharmacology principles. The course in coding for BITs covers the basis for classifying and indexing diagnoses and procedures for the purposes of standardization, retrieval and statistical analysis.

The fourth semester of the program includes current procedural terminology (CPT) and advanced coding, as well as introductory courses in ethics, sociology and psychology. There is also a course that introduces students to the vocabulary of government and private-based health care insurance reimbursement.

The clinical experience component in the fourth semester of the program combines supervised clinical experience in real-world settings or virtual practice with classroom activities. …

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