Devry University News DeVry University to Offer New Health Information Management Technical Specialty Online

April 4, 2006 — Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois — DeVry University, known for its career-oriented business and technology programs, announced it will offer a new online health information management (HIM) technical specialty within its bachelor of science in technical management (BSTM) degree program beginning in May 2006. Additionally, the technical specialty will be offered onsite at DeVry University's Arlington, Va., location in July.

This new HIM technical specialty provides a unique opportunity to those who hold an associate degree in a health information area to pursue a bachelor's degree in this growing field.

The need for health information management programs has grown in recent years as a result of demographic changes, including an aging U.S. population. Significant advances in information technology have resulted in a shift from paper to electronic health records, and accurate health information is increasingly critical to reimbursement and financial processes. Additionally, as the need to share information has increased, additional regulatory emphasis has been placed on the privacy and security of patient information.

According to American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), “HIM has evolved from an emphasis on paper medical records to playing a key role in ensuring the availability of health information. It now helps facilitate real-time healthcare delivery and critical health-related decision making for multiple purposes across diverse organizations, settings and disciplines. To accommodate changing industry demands, HIM professionals must be educated using a broad curriculum, with project management, change management, strategic thinking, and leadership training as a high priority”

“Hospitals and health systems, government agencies, vendor firms and other health industry employers, all require qualified health information managers who understand the industry's unique needs. We are pleased to be able to respond to this demand by offering coursework in this specialized field,” said David Overbye, dean of curriculum for DeVry University. “Project management, budgeting and knowledge of institution-wide health information systems are among the topics identified as critical in a baccalaureate HIM curriculum. These areas are addressed in DeVry's Bachelor of Science in technical management with a technical specialty in HIM. The coursework will prepare graduates for long-term careers in a variety of information management positions”

The curriculum for DeVry University's new HIM technical specialty will focus on health data uses and content, health information systems design and planning, and the management of services and resources. Additionally, students will take courses in project management, change management, budgeting and knowledge of institution wide health information systems, as well as ethics, motivation and leadership.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, health information technology and technology management will be among the fastest growing occupations in the U.S. through 2012, due to new federal health information privacy regulations, which have fueled an even greater demand for the profession. Starting salaries in the field range between $30,000 and $50,000. After five years of experience, many are earning up to $75,000.

DeVry offers three other healthcare technology degree programs. Its bachelor's degree program in biomedical engineering technology prepares graduates to create solutions in the fields of medicine and biology. A biomedical informatics bachelor's degree program draws on computer technology, information technology, the biosciences and health care systems to prepare graduates for professional positions in two specialized fields of biomedical and health care informatics. Additionally, DeVry offers a health information technology associate degree program, both on campus and online. This program teaches graduates to analyze and manage health care data, implement applications software to support healthcare data analysis and management, and perform complex clinical coding tasks.

Celebrating 75 years as one of the largest degree-granting higher education systems in North America, DeVry University provides high-quality, career-oriented associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs in technology, healthcare technology, business and management. Approximately 46,000 students are enrolled at its 80 locations that are in 23 states and Canada, as well as through DeVry University Online. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA). DeVry University, a division of DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV), is based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. For more information about DeVry University, visit

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