Kathleen Coughlin, iHealth medical coding student
As a hospital employee, Kathleen Coughlin is witness to the changing field of electronic medical records and billing and is eager to adapt to those changes. With the medical coding program offered through iHealth@NECC, she is well on her way, learning new skills that will help her grow her health care career.
The Methuen resident works in the health information management -medical records department at an area hospital and recognizes that as medical records become almost exclusively electronic, employees will embrace different functions. So, when a co-worker told Kathleen about the iHealth program she was interested. The self-supporting, mother and grandmother decided it fit her lifestyle.
A hybrid program, students take classes online and report to class just one day a week.
"I always said if medical coding was ever offered online I would enroll. The iHealth hybrid course is perfect for someone like me who works full time," she says. "It's an excellent opportunity for me. I just know if I had to go back and forth between work, home, and classes, I'm sure I wouldn't be doing it."
Kathleen says taking online courses and reporting to the iHealth facility in Lawrence just one day a week is convenient. She started classes in February of 2012 and hopes to earn her medical coding certificate this December.
The iHealth instructors are prompt in responding to students' needs. "I was pleasantly impressed with how accommodating and helpful everybody is at iHealth."
The iHealth program is perfect for anyone comfortable with a computer who has the determination to set a personal goal, she says. "It is available to anyone who wants to commit to it," she says. "You can make it fit your schedule. As long as you have a computer you can complete the work almost anywhere, anytime. This is a great program for someone who works full time or for parents of young children who have to work around their schedules."
"Online and hybrid courses are the wave of the future," Kathleen says. "They are the wave of now!"