Health Information Technician
A Health Information Technician, also known as a medical records technician, is responsible for organizing and managing healthcare data. They are responsible for ensuring that patient records are accurate, complete, and secure. Some common job duties of a Health Information Technician include:
Organizing patient records: Health Information Technicians are responsible for organizing and maintaining patient records, including medical histories, test results, and treatment plans.
Ensuring data accuracy: Health Information Technicians are responsible for ensuring that patient records are accurate and complete, and that they comply with relevant laws and regulations.
Managing electronic health records: Health Information Technicians manage and maintain electronic health records (EHRs), which are digital versions of patient records.
Analyzing data: Health Information Technicians may analyze patient data to identify trends, track patient outcomes, and improve the quality of care.
Collaborating with healthcare providers: Health Information Technicians may collaborate with healthcare providers to ensure that patient records are up-to-date and accurate.
To become a Health Information Technician, you typically need an associate degree in health information technology or a related field. You may also need certification, which can be obtained through organizations such as the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The job outlook for Health Information Technicians is strong, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 8% increase in employment from 2019 to 2029. The median annual wage for Health Information Technicians was $44,090 in May 2020. Health Information Technicians may work in hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities.