Health Information Technologist

Health information technologists sometimes called medical records technicians organize medical forms and accurately record patients’ medical records. According to the website www.mshealthcareers.com they also translate the medical records of a patient’s health care provider into codes to identify each diagnosis and each procedure that has been used to treat it. Health information technologists must be comfortable working with computers because they use special computer software to determine the amount of the insurance reimbursement for each procedure and typically they must produce periodic reports on patient care and medical costs. Health information technologists work in hospitals doctors’ offices health centers and extended care facilities and health maintenance organizations and usually they are supervised by a health information administrator. To qualify for a career as a health information technologist individuals must first have a high school diploma with some background in subjects such as biology chemistry algebra computer skills typing and English. They then complete a program that takes approximately two years and often leads to an Associate’s degree. Such programs can sometimes be taken online and consist of courses in medical terminology anatomy and physiology computer science and issues on legality and confidentiality. Passing a written certification exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) increases job opportunities in this field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the need for health information technologists will grow and there should be plentiful job opportunities due to the variety of medical tests and procedures now available as well as the increased use of computers to manage medical records and securely store health data. The website www.innerbody.com says that entry-level pay for those employed by large hospitals ranges from $26000 to $32000. Individuals with experience and motivation will have opportunities for advancement.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $29000
High Salary: $32000
Low Salary: $26000
Tasks: Organizes medical records.
Analyzes medical records for statistical purposes.
Ensures that patients' medical records are complete.
Translates information from medical records into codes.
Also Called: Medical Records Technologist
Health Information Administrator
Medical Records Administrator
Medical Information Technologist
Additional Resources: http://www.mshealthcareers.com/careers/healthinfo.htm
http://www.allalliedhealthschools.com/faqs/health_information_technician.php
http://www.innerbody.com/careers-in-health/becoming-health-information-technologist.html