Computer Basics in Healthcare

Online Education Courses

Computers directly impact the healthcare industry as a whole, whether it be data exchanged within an organization or a network that crosses geographic boundaries. Health information management (HIM) professionals play an important role in facilitating the ease of data entry, use, analysis, and maintenance in all levels of computer systems and networks in healthcare organizations.

Coding Basics is a self-paced program which covers the foundational concepts in the coding and billing profession. Coding professionals abstract clinical data from health records and assign appropriate medical codes. These codes are used for reimbursement, planning, and research. Comprehensive training in inpatient and outpatient coding is provided, along with the necessary background courses in health record content, medical terminology, and disease process.


At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Use the basic functions of personal computers and Internet technologies.
  • Demonstrate the use of the Internet as a tool to find information, as well as send and receive email.
  • Use AHIMA Engage and the AHIMA Body of Knowledge.
  • Identify the basic features of common Microsoft software packages.
  • Describe the features and functionality of information systems commonly used by HIM professionals.
  • Outline the general issues facing privacy, security, and healthcare information.
  • Define the purpose of an Electronic Health Record (EHR).
  • Describe the technology needs within an HIM department.


You must complete each item found on the main course page to successfully complete this course. Completion is identified with a green check mark symbol.

Each lesson has an associated lesson-level quiz provided for review. You may take the quizzes as many times as you like. However, note that you must achieve a score of 70% or higher on each quiz for it to mark as complete.

Unlike the quizzes, you are only allowed to take the Final Exam once, and you must complete it with a score of 70% or higher to successfully complete the course.


·     Introduction to Computer Systems for HIT, 2nd Edition (2014) by Sayles and Trawick. AHIMA Press.
ISBN: 9781584263937
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An eBook edition of the course text is also available:

  • Introduction to Computer Systems for HIT, 2nd Edition (2014) by Sayles and Trawick. AHIMA Press.
    ISBN: 9781584263395
    AHIMA Product Code: 

Note: Course enrollment includes one attempt to take the Final Exam. You must get a score of 70% or higher on the final to earn your CEUs and Certificate of Completion for the course. However, you will be able to continue on to the Course Evaluation or go back and review any of the previous content after taking the Final Exam regardless of score.




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