Healthcare Data Content and Structure

Online Education Courses

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the basic concepts surrounding health records and introduce them to the profession of health information management. The uses of health information are explored, and examples are provided to illustrate the use of the health record as the basis for clinical code selection and reporting.

Coding Basics is a self-paced program which will cover 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:

  • Recognize the purposes and uses of health records.
  • Understand how health records function in healthcare delivery systems.
  • List the certification credentials offered by the American Health Information Management Association.
  • Identify the mission and values of the AHIMA and its members.
  • Recognize key components of health records.
  • Apply important documentation principles.
  • Illustrate the impact of computerization on health record management.
  • Follow the process of clinical code assignment using the health record as a source document.


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.

No textbooks are required for this course.

**You will download three chapters from Health Information Management Technology An Applied Approach - 5th Edition from within the course.  Links will be provided for you.** 

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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