Medical records clerks are in charge of maintaining and storing up-to-date and accurate medical records for every patient who is seen and treated by a medical professional. Medical records clerks who are sometimes called “health information technicians” keep track of all surgical and medical treatment a patient receives and any X-rays or others tests that have been administered. Medical records clerks must be organized and attentive to detail. They usually work 40 hours a week although they may be asked to work overtime on occasion because most hospitals and other facilities are open 24 hours 7 days a week. They spend much of their time in offices working on computers and they have very little contact with patients. Entry-level medical records clerks usually have an associate’s degree from a community college where they have taken courses such as biology anatomy physiology medical terminology and statistics. Most medical records clerks are familiar with computer applications and database management. According to the website www.healthcaresalaryonline.com there is no licensing requirement but some states require that medical records clerks pass a written exam given by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to become Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) job prospects in this field are very good mainly due to the increasing medical needs of the aging population in the United States. On average the annual income for medical records clerks is approximately $33880. After gaining experience some medical records clerks move into supervisory positions.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Organizes medical records.
Ensures that patients' charts are complete.
Obtains missing information for medical charts.
Keeps medical records secure and private.
|Also Called:||Health Information Technician
Health Information Clerk