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The Career of a Health Information Technologist (HIM)

In the recent years, we see more and more Information Technology (IT) implementation in the healthcare field. The traditional way of running a medical facility is rapidly changing through Electronic Health Records (EHRs), Personal Health Records (PHRs), Health Information Exchange (HIE), Electronic Prescribing, Medical Coding and Billing, etc. Everything is happening online and instantly. The need for Health Information Technologist and Technology (HIMT) Health Professionals is on the rise.

What is HIM? – What do Health Information Management Health Professionals do?

Health Information Management (HIM) is the process of obtaining, analyzing and protecting digital and traditional medical information essential to delivering quality patient care. Health information technicians typically review patient’s records for accuracy, organize and maintain data, assign codes for insurance reimbursement and datanalysis using classification software. The adaptation of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and clinical coding continues to change the job responsibilities of Health Information Management technicians. They are required to know EHRs software and follow EHRs security and privacy practices.

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CAREERS

Analytical Skills – in order to use the correct codes for filling and billing purposes, HIM technicians must be able to understand medical records and diagnoses.

Technical Skills – HIM technicians are required to perform medical coding and datanalysis using classification software and EHR systems.

Detail Oriented – reviewing patient’s records for accuracy, organizing and maintaining data, assigning codes for billing and analyzing data using classification software can be a very complex process, therefore when processing medical information accuracy and attention to detail is of high importance.

Communication Skills – HIM technicians have to be able to discuss medical/patient information, discrepancies and information requirements with other Health Professionals (physicians, insurance providers, etc.).

Integrity – HIM technicians must exercise discretion and strong sense of ethics when working with medical information in order to protect patient confidentiality.

The application of EHRs and medical coding is providing various career advancement and employment opportunities in the healthcare sector. To enter the field of HIM a high association diploma or equivalent and prior experience in a medical environment are sufficient to qualify for some positions, but a majority of jobs for Health Information Management require postsecondary education. A Nationally recognized certification or an associate’s degree is often a prerequisite.

 

The HIM profession offers many opportunities for growth and advancement. There is no need to be stuck with exactly the same job position for the next 20 years. Some of the present career opportunities are in: medical and health services, medical transcription, medical billing and coding, Health Information Management, cancer registrars and data collection.

Salary And Job Outlook of a Health Information Technologist

The healthcare industry is in demand for highly trained office staff in: medical office administration, procedures, medical terminology and technology, medical law and ethics. Additionally managing health records and medical billing is becoming much more high-tech. Medical administrative assistants with electronic health records (EHR), medical coding and billing training are becoming the new standard. This is one of the fastest-growing careers in the healthcare industry. CMAA’s can work at clinics, urgent care facilities, dental offices, nursing homes, chiropractic offices, hospitals, insurance companies.

 

According to Salary.com The median annual Medical Assistant salary is $33,733, as of November 28, 2017, with a range usually between $31,097-$36,427, however this can vary widely depending on a variety of factors. Our team of Certified Compensation Health Professionals has analyzed survey data collected from thousands of HR departments at companies of all sizes and industries to present this range of annual salaries for people with the job title Medical Assistant in the United States.

 Health Records Salaries

A team of Certified Compensation Health Professionals has analyzed survey data collected from thousands of HR departments at companies of all sizes and industries to present this range of annual salaries for people with the job title Health Records in the United States.

Occupation

Salary

Location

Last Updated

Records Clerk

$31,565

US

June 28, 2019

Records Clerk, Sr.

$39,052

US

June 28, 2019

Medical Records Director

$120,081

US

June 28, 2019

Environmental, Health and Safety Director

$132,568

US

June 28, 2019

Env., Health, and Safety Engineering Manager

$108,507

US

June 28, 2019

Env., Health, and Safety Engineer I

$56,137

US

June 28, 2019

Env., Health, and Safety Engineering Supervisor

$86,894

US

June 28, 2019

Env., Health, and Safety Engineer II

$71,170

US

June 28, 2019

Env., Health, and Safety Engineer III

$86,503

US

June 28, 2019

 

According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics: "Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. An aging population will require more medical services, and health information technicians will be needed to organize and manage the older generations’ health information data. Moreover, the number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform. This will mean more claims for reimbursement from insurance companies. Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) by all types of healthcare providers, will lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry. Cancer registrars are expected to continue to be in high demand. As the population ages, there will likely be more types of special purpose registries because many illnesses are detected and treated later in life. As EHR systems continue to become more common, health information technicians with computer skills will be needed to use them."

Ways To begin your career as a Health Information Technologist (HIM)

"Get promoted, advance in your career and boost your earning potential in a handful of months. Don't settle. Stand out and get certified In this very lucrative in-demand profession.".

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TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION

In most states there are no formal educational requirements. Employers generally require Health information technician to have graduated from a post-secondary educational courses. Many have a high association diploma, or equivalent and gain knowledge of their responsibilities at the workplace. High association students considering this profession should take courses in biology, chemistry, and anatomy.

 

Health information technician have to be knowledgeable in : office administration, medical terminology, medical coding, billing procedures, Electronic Health Records (EHR) management.

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CERTIFICATION & LICENSING

Certification, in today’s world, is the fastest way to earn credentials necessary to start a new career, or to advance in a current one. Certifications are more specialized, than traditional education, and are focused on acquiring a particular set of skills. For employers it simply means that there is less on-the-job training required, which saves them time, resources, and money. The Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS)are Nationally acknowledged certifications administered by the National Healthcareers Association. The Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) is a Nationally recognized certification.

"You can start your dream career, get promoted,and boost your earning potential in a handful of months. Don’t settle. Stand out and advance your career by getting certified".

Advantages Of Training and Certification

The Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist is a Nationally acknowledged certification. In this occupation those who are certified have a big advantage when searching for a job. A certification is a way to stand out from any prospect and it is the simplest way to prove qualifications and a certain level of competence. There is less on-the-job training, which will save you and employers valuable time and resources. After experience, Health Information Technologists can specialize and move into leadership roles. A certification proves to employers that the candidate is serious about their profession.

THE NAHCE HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIST CERTIFICATE AND BADGE OF COMPLETION (BOC)   Completing NAHCE Health Information Technologist Continuing Health Education Courses tells your employer that you have received the highest standards of Health Information Technologist education and have met the educational requirements of the certifying bodies in your field. After receiving the NAHCE Health Information Technologist certificate and badge of completion (BOC) you will be trained to take the following certificate exams:   ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD SPECIALIST certificate (CEHRS) The NHA Electronic Health Record Specialist certificate (CEHRS) is a nationally accredited certificate program, that meets or exceeds the accreditation criteria of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), ensuring the highest quality standards. The CEHRS exam tests the most current and relevant competencies necessary to ensure proficiency in performing tasks associated with electronic health records. Whether you want to work in a doctor’s office or a large clinic, becoming a CEHRS with NHA shows that you are knowledgeable and ready to be a valued member of a healthcare team. The NHA Electronic Health Records certificate (CCMA) is a nationally accredited certificate program, that meets or exceeds the accreditation criteria of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), ensuring an examination that meets the highest quality standards. The NHA exam tests the most current and relevant competencies necessary to ensure proficiency in the medical assisting profession. Whether you want to work in a doctor's office or a medical clinic, becoming a CCMA with NHA shows that you are knowledgeable and ready to be a valued member of a healthcare team. The purchase of NHA exam preparation materials or other educational products is not required to sit for any NCCA-accredited certificate exam offered by NHA, and does not guarantee a passing score on an examiNation. Exams accredited by the National Commission For Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA accredits certificate courses by providing an unbiased third-party review of our courses. Successful completion of this review results in accreditation. Those courses successfully going through this rigorous process have met certain standards and best practices to ensure that a legally defensible and psychometrically sound exam/assessment is delivered.

THE CERTIFIED HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIST

This is one of the fastest-growing careers in the healthcare industry. MAA’s can work at clinics, urgent care facilities, dental offices, Nursing homes, chiropractic offices, hospitals, insurance companies.

ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS SPECIALIST

Percent Change In Employment, Projected 2016-24

Health technologists and technicians
14%
Medical records and health information technicians
13%
All Occupations
7%

Note: All occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic, Employment Projections Program

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