Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

General Information

Description

Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. Process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards in a manner consistent with the healthcare industry's numerical coding system.

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Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Offices of Physicians
  • Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)

Job Outlook

Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, 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. 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.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$37,530

Military salary*

$56,158

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State-by-state Salary

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$57,440
$19,160
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 48%
  • Some college 20%
  • Associate's degree 19%
  • Post-secondary certificate 10%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Clerical
  • English Language
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Administration and Management

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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