February 13, 2011 | | Leave a comment Anthem College, which offers full online programs, recently unveiled two new degree programs that focus on the healthcare industry and are aimed at helping students enter this high-demand field. Officials said that they will soon be offering a medical assisting program that will enable students to gain the clinical and administrative training needed to compete in this field. Meanwhile, the school will begin offering a health information technology (HIT) degree that will train students to use electronic insurance billing and coding tools to maintain electronic medical records. Recent healthcare reforms have pushed this field to the forefront in helping digitalize patient's records. Many employers are seeking professionals who have earned HIT degrees because individuals in this field can implement electronic health records systems into their facilities, which can earn them financial incentives from the federal government. Graduates of this degree program can enter IT jobs at hospitals, clinics and skilled nursing facilities. "The Atlanta metropolitan area is home to thousands of physician practices and medical clinics," said Steven Temple, campus president for Anthem College Atlanta. "They rely on medical assistants to work better, faster, and smarter. Coupled with the growth of information technology tools used throughout healthcare."