Health Care Technology

Use this guide to quickly find reputable sources and save time on your research! Contact your subject librarian or the reference librarians if you need more help. For an overview of how to research efficiently, see Steps of the Research Process.

Finding Materials in the Library

Search CityCat to find books, e-books, disks and more. There are many ways to search, such as Title, Author and Keyword.

Books in the library are organized by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system which groups items by subject, so you can often simply browse the shelves.

Examples of Subject searches include: medical records management, medical information systems, hospital information system, medical transcription, diseases classification, health information management (HIMS)

Relevant areas in the collection to find materials on Health Information Technology include:



Medicine--Terminology R123
Medical Records RA976
Medical Transcription R728.8
Nosology RB115


Reference Sources

Reference books are great for short overviews and background information. There are also reference resources in our database section.

American Medical Association . Current procedural terminology: CPT. Chicago : AMA Press.
RB115 .C17 John Adams Reference

American Medical Association ICD-9-CM: international classification of diseases . Chicago : AMA Press.
RB115 .I493 John Adams Reference

Jablonski, S. (Ed.). (2001). Dictionary of medical acronyms and abbreviations. (4th ed.) Philadelphia : Hanley & Belfus.
R123 .J24 2001 John Adams Reference

O’Toole, M. (Ed..). (2003). Encyclopedia and dictionary of medicine, nursing, and health. (7 th ed.) Philadelphia : Saunders.
R121 .M65 2003 John Adams Reference

Venes, D. (Ed.). (2001). Taber's cyclopedic medical dictionary. (19th ed.). Philadelphia : Davis.
R121. T18 2001 John Adams Reference


Use databases for specialized and the most up-to-date information, especially academic (scholarly) sources that are not available for free on the Web. See the Articles & Databases page for a full list of databases available.

Ebscohost is a brand name for more than 25 multi-disciplinary databases with coverage from 1980 to the present.

Gale Powersearch
Gale Powersearch is a brand name for several databases with coverage from 1980 to the present. Two databases are good for HIT topics:
Health Reference Center Academic
Health & Wellness Resource Center
These two databases partially overlap in coverage, but each one has some unique resources.

"PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature." Indexes the Journal of AHIMA.


Advance for Information Professionals
Bi-weekly publication with articles on the HIM field. Affiliated with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Association for Medical Transcription (AAMT).

HIM Connection
Weekly newsletter on health information management issues, such as coding and reimbursement, medical record documentation, JCAHO IM standards, etc.


Use websites for government information, statistics and current events. It's very important to carefully evaluate websites for accuracy, currency, bias and credibility.

Non-Acute Health Care Settings

The following are a sampling of recommended sites for learning about non-acute care health care settings. Sites chosen by faculty and students in the HIT program at CCSF.

Cancer/Tumor Registry

American Cancer Association

Center for Disease Control. Cancer and Tumor Registry


Stern and Associates

C.H.I.S, Inc.

Correctional Facilities

ACHSA: American Correctional Health Services Association

American Correctional Association

Dental Care

American Dental Association

Dental Education and Licensure in the United States and Canada: A Comparison

Home Health Care

Community Health Accreditation Program

National Association for Home Care


American Cancer Society

California Pacific Medical Center: Coming Home Hospice

CMS: Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services

Hospice Association of America

Hospice Education Institute

Hospice Net


Medicare: The Official Site for People with Medicare

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

National Institute of Nursing Research

Pain and Palliative Care Reporter

Long Term Care

ALTHA: Acute Long Term Hospital Association

ALFA: Assisted Living Foundation of America

Consumer Information About Long Term Care

American Health Care Association

Mental Retardation or Development Disabilities

AAMR: American Association on Mental Retardation

The ARC of the United States

Council on Quality and Leadership


American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association

International Academy of Life Care Planners

National Institute on Disability Research and Rehabilitation


American Animal Hospital Association

AHIVMA: American Veterinary Health Information Management Association

American Veterinary Medical Association

Coding References

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. 17th ed.
Searchable online version, based on the 1999 edition, but with some topics updated more recently. This medical text is intended for health professionals. Access information through the table of contents or through keyword searching

DRG Weights

Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services. Acute Inpatient Prospective Payment System
DRG Weights. Access to the Federal Register and DRG weights for 2004 and other years as well

DRG Trees

MindTools: Decision Tree Analysis
Information about decision trees. Important to review for national exam


Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services. Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)
Includes the latest HCPCS Codes

Coding and Reimbursement Products

Ingenix Online
Formerly St. Anthony/Medicode/CHIPS/Delmar Publications

Coding Ethics

AHIMA: American Health Information Management Association
Search for coding ethics at this site.

Coding Guidelines

Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services
Search for coding guidelines through this agency’s homepage

AHA Central Office: ICD-9-CM coding

Coding Certification Preparation

CCS Prep Column
Select link for CCS Prep. Published in Advance for Health Information Professionals

Legal References

California Hospital Association – Consent Manual

California State Senate Bills

California State Budget

California State Budget Project—analysis of state budget (by non-profit group)

California State Government Reform

California Performance Review
Health & Human Services Recommendations:
Education, Training and Volunteerism:
Statewide Operations:

Consumer information and PHR (personal health records) products:

CapMed: Personal Health Record, Personal Health Key Personal Health Records

Electronic Privacy Information Center: Medical Records

Health Records Online

LAXOR: “The Personal Health Record Service”

My Patient Education

National Council on Patient Information and Education

Personal Health Records on the Internet

Personal Records Organizer

Synchart: It’s Your Health



Professional Organizations

The American Association for Medical Transcription

The American Health Information Management Association

The California Health Information Association

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
The is the accrediting body for degree-granting programs in health informatics and information management.


Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
The is the accrediting body for degree-granting programs in health informatics and information management.

Career Information

Jobscience: Specialized Health Resource
Job board for health information management and other healthcare professions. Includes link to the newsletter (registration required) which includes helpful tips and other information for job seekers.

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.