TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (February 14, 2014) – There is a new student organization at Tallahassee Community College. The Student Health Information & Informatics Management Association (SHIIMA) was recently established for students in TCC’s Health Information and Informatics Management Programs.
The group is patterned after the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the national organization for health information management professionals.
SHIIMA’s purpose is to provide service to the school, community and profession; to promote the profession; to promote involvement in scholastic and professional aspects of the field; and to provide the opportunity for fellowship among students.
SHIIMA’s inaugural class of officers includes Renita Boyer, president, Carmen Hancock, vice president, Edwina Porter, treasurer, and Robbie Randolph, secretary.
All of the officers are returning adult students. Boyer already had a background in healthcare and business. When she decided to return to school, Boyer looked into several areas of nonclinical healthcare, but when she read about the changing environment in healthcare, she decided that health information and informatics management was right for her.
“It allowed me the opportunity to remain in the field I love and also gave me the opportunity to use the management skills I have gained over the years. It’s a perfect fit for me.”
Faculty advisers for SHIIMA are Donna Francis-Clark, program chair, and Anne Winston, assistant professor. According to Francis-Clark, SHIIMA members will benefit from guest speakers, workshops, professional association meetings, and opportunities to network with fellow students, faculty, advisers and alumni.
Another purpose of the organization is to provide support and guidance to students who are considering a career in health information and informatics management. “I am excited that SHIIMA will be here to answer the hard questions for students who have made the choice and those who are still undecided on a major,” said Boyer.
TCC offers an 18-credit hour certificate in health informatics and a 34-credit hour certificate in medical coding and billing. The College also offers an Associate in Science degree in health information technology, which includes both the certificates and takes about two years to complete. Together, these programs prepare students for employment as medical record technicians, health information technicians, medical coders, electronic health records managers, and other growing occupations. “TCC’s HIIM programs offer the education we need to fill the positions that the health care industry will need to fill for years to come,” said Boyer.
For information about opportunities in TCC’s Health Information & Informatics Management programs, contact Donna Francis-Clark at (850) 201-8328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo caption: (L to R) Robbie Randolph, Renita Boyer, Donna Francis Clark, Edwina Porter.