A diligent college graduate with 192 hours of internship experience working in a hospital health information management (HIM) department, a cancer registry, and a release of information (ROI) company. He acquired many skills from these internships including the ability to navigate Epic, professional communication skills, coding psychiatric patients' charts using the ICD-10-CM/PCS code books, entering rejected medical record requests into the ROI system, performing deficiency analysis, assembling patients' paper-based charts, filing away patients' charts using the terminal digit-filing method, logging calls for hospitals' ROI call centers, and various cancer registry skills such as casefinding, staging, abstracting, and follow-up. Other skills he learned came from Oakton Community College's health information technology (HIT) program; they include the ability to code patients' charts using using the ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT code books, E/M coding, performing statistical calculations and presentation of data, knowledge of the system development lifecycle (SDLC), and how to effectively implement a new electronic health record (EHR) at an acute care hospital. Some other skills he learned from Oakton's HIT program include project management skills, ensuring compliance with accreditation organizations' standards, designing a new office layout, and creating a budget for a hospital's HIM department. Additionally, he has expertise in using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Visio. Besides being a student, he also has experience being a team leader in several group projects. Working in a group as the team leader has taught him how to successfully assign tasks to individual group members, schedule group meetings, and build good team rapport by interacting with the group and providing feedback on each others' work.
As a student in the AAS in HIT program at Oakton Community College, Colin McNamara presented his strong leadership and teamwork abilities while leading class projects as well as attention to detail, and analytical and critical thinking skills. Colin always meets deadlines for projects/assignments. Colin's superior knowledge of technology coupled with his dependability will make him a valuable employee and an asset to any healthcare organization.