Open The Door To A Career In Him As An Electronic Health Records Information Technician (EHRIT)
HIM professions are in high demand. the applications of EHRs and medical coding is providing various opportunities for career advancement and in the healthcare sector. Critical information about our health, prescription medications, allergies and results of previous tests to be accurate and instantly available has become very important and demanding component of today’s health care operations.
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 data analysis 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.
An Electronic Health Records Information Technician should have a clear understanding of the difference between EMR and EHR.
ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS (EMRS)
An Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is a digital record of a patient’s paper chart within a single facility, such as a doctor’s office or a clinic. Its purpose is to record the patient’s treatment history (lab and test results, immunization, allergies, medication, diagnoses, vital signs). An EMR helps a health provider to track data over time, keep preventive visits and screenings up to date, and improve the quality of care. EMRs have advantages over paper charts but they do not travel easily between healthcare providers. The patient’s records have to be printed out and delivered by mail or in-person to other facilities.
ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS (EHRS)
An Electronic Health Record (EHR) accomplishes all of the things as an EMR and more. EHRs are intended to extend beyond the health institution that initially gathers and compiles the data. They are designed to share health data between healthcare providers. They allow for faster access to the latest patient’s health information, such as lab and test results, immunization, allergies, medication, diagnoses, medical histories, vital signs. EHR’s provide improved efficiency, quality care, cost reduction, and medical error elimination.
MEDICAL RECORDS PROFESSIONALS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING QUALITIES:
- Analytical Skills – 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 data analysis 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 professionals (physicians, insurance providers, etc.).
- Integrity – HIM technicians must exercise discretion and a strong sense of ethics when working with medical information to protect patient confidentiality.
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The above are only examples of possible responsibilities assigned to you depending on the work environment. You will never get bored as an Electronic Health Records Information Technician and there is always room to grow, more opportunities, and the possibility of growing into a more specialized career path for example: medical coding and billing, health management, Nurse, etc. Electronic Health Records can be your gateway to greater things.
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