Health Information Technician

medical information technicianCareer Overview

Health information technicians are also called medical records and health information technicians. Their main job duties include assembling patient health care information. This can include medical history, symptoms, examination results, diagnostic tests, treatment methods, and all other related healthcare provider services. Health information technicians are responsible to ensure that this medical information is accessible, secure, and accurate. Health information technicians must now be trained in electronic health records as digitizing medical records is becoming the standards in the United States.

Education Requirements

Associate’s Degree in Medical Information

Most entry level health information technicians have an associate’s degree in a health care field or related field. Employers also prefer to hire health information technicians with their Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT) credential. Those with bachelors or masters degree can go onto to become health information managers.

Coursework

Medical Terminology
Anatomy
Health Data Requirements
Clinical Classification
Data Analysis
Healthcare Reimbursement Methods

Certifications

Most employers prefer to hire credentialed health information technicians.  The American Health Information Management Association offers a credential called the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). To obtain this credential, an individual must graduate with an accredited associate’s degree and pass a written examination. There are a few other professional organizations that offer credentials in medical coding these include The American Academy of Professional Coders, the Board of Medical Specialty Coding, and the Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialists.

School Recommendations

DeVry University
Kaplan University
ITT Technical Institute
Herzing University
Walden University

Employment Trends

Job Available for health information technicians in 2008: 172,500
Projected job openings for health information technicians through 2018: 207,600
Average Annual Salaries for health information technicians in 2008: $30,610

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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

 

 

 

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