The Health Data Specialist (HDS) program at SCTCC integrates curriculum from the health information technology and computer programming field to meet the changing needs of the healthcare industry. As healthcare delivery moves to an electronic stage, the HDS program gives students a solid background in security, database modeling and cryptography, all relevant skills to healthcare in the storage, maintenance and use of digital healthcare data.
Students will apply computer programming, troubleshooting, and information technology skills to the installation, maintenance, and upgrade of standard, customized or proprietary medical software and associated hardware. The HDS program provides instruction in telecommunications, electronic healthcare records software applications, computer security and data privacy. Students will also use varied electronic health record software applications to replicate patient information and patient encounters. Legal issues surrounding electronic health records are examined including designated record sets, legal health record definitions, and response to litigation summons. Instruction in continuous quality improvement focuses on data integrity, validity, and reliability including the use of standards for data collection. Students gain communication and problem solving skills needed in the changing healthcare environment through courses in written and oral communication and critical thinking.