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Center for Advancement of
Health Information Technology

CAHIT Structure

A combination of DSU faculty, outreach services staff, graduate assistants, and undergraduate students will combine to create a statewide resource center to provide coordination to regional and statewide health information exchange (HIE) initiatives.



It is Dakota State University’s intention to create a Center for Advancement of Health Information Technology (CAHIT). Through the Center, DSU intends to continue current partnerships and develop new partnerships with the health care provider, payer, and support industries. CAHIT will work collaboratively with these partners to identify health IT needs and conduct applied research to find solutions to those needs.

CAHIT will work closely with other universities as academic partners to fully utilize the resources within the Regents system to develop solutions compatible with the unique needs of South Dakota. CAHIT will also develop specialized workshops and seminars to meet the needs of health care information technology professionals.

Dakota State University (DSU) has been offering degrees in health information management (HIM) since 1975, beginning with an associate degree in medical record technology and evolving to current programs including an associate degree in health information technology (HIT), a baccalaureate degree in health information administration (HIA), a certificate in healthcare coding and a healthcare information systems specialization within the master of science in information systems (MSIS) degree. A master of science in health informatics (MSHI) degree is proposed to be added in Fall of 2009. The Health Information Management undergraduate degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The healthcare coding certificate program has been approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

DSU has been working closely with the South Dakota Department of Health and a group of industry stakeholders for more than two years assessing the current state of Health IT (HIT) adoption in South Dakota, identifying barriers to HIT adoption, and creating a roadmap for the future of HIT in South Dakota.

In Executive Order 2009-01 dated January 16, 2009, Governor Rounds created the South Dakota eHealth Collaborative. The collaborative is to provide leadership and guidance in the development of sharing and use of HIT in South Dakota.

The partnerships established via CAHIT will foster unique internship opportunities for graduate students in the program and will ultimately provide a pool of trained information management professionals for the health care industry in the state, region, and nation. The research conducted within CAHIT by DSU faculty and graduate students is also expected to generate economic development opportunities within South Dakota.


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Heartland Technology Center

Dakota State University
820 N Washington Ave, Heartland Technology Center
Madison, SD  57042
Voice: (605) 256-5555
Fax: (605) 256-5174

Office Hours:
Summer Hours (May - August)
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM Central Time
Normal Hours (September - April)
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time


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