The health information system provides the underpinnings for decision-making and has the following key functions: data generation, compilation, analysis and synthesis, and communication and use. The health information system collects data from the health sector and other relevant sectors, analyses the data and ensures their overall quality, relevance and timeliness, and converts data into information for health-related decision-making.
The performance of any health information system depends very much on equitable production and deployment of competent personnel in the area of information governance.
This programme has been developed in cognizant with the above considerations, which provide for the identification of appropriate learning outcomes that would lead to acquisition of knowledge, skills and wider understanding of Health Records and Medical Insurance Management in health care practice.
Health care systems globally, have been evolving and adapting to the impact of epidemiological changes in the context of financial restraints. The situation is further enhanced by increased patient mobility, and an increased expectation from the public to have better services and a more customer-friendly healthcare.
In this light, healthcare organizations are constantly trying to ensure high degrees of efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of their services. This has created a clear interest to accelerate the transformation of clinical care so that clinicians will routinely use appropriate information when diagnosing problems and subsequently planning and administering care to patients.
Across the globe, stakeholders and decision-makers have now come to realise the importance of the clinical, organizational, and financial benefits directly resulting from the implementation of healthcare information management. Although, contrasting healthcare systems, payer mechanisms, languages and clinical/treatment protocols have retarded a more uniform systems adoption, healthcare information is increasingly being placed high on the policy agenda of the Government.
This programme is aiming at producing innovative and creative graduates who will effectively contribute to the enterprise function of HIS.
It is, therefore, expected that the graduates from this level will pursue next level qualifications in the Health Records and Medical Insurance Management. The programme adopts a modular system and will operate under semester structure. This will facilitate a large degree of flexibility for recognition of learning experiences and professional practice for the graduates’ future development.
The Health Records and Medical Insurance Management training programme is designed to produce skilled personnel who possess basic competences related to the management of health records and medical insurance in health care settings, research and statistical organisations.
It is envisaged that the personnel from the programme will discharge duties in management and organization of health records and medical insurance, storage and retrieval of records, collection, compilation and analysis of information, supervision and coordination of health care services, management of hospital database, research and training, budgeting and control of data; and dissemination of health information.
This level is meant to impart basic knowledge, skills and fitting behavioural attributes to students to enable them carry out routine duties in management of information.
The main objectives of this programme are to:
Certification and entry qualification
Carrier Pathway: A Health records and information management Technician is qualified for the Bachelor of Science in Health Records and information management.