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Health Information Technologist


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Health information technologists, also known as health record technicians, process all of the information doctors and nurses record about their patients. They assemble a complete medical history for each patient, compiling notes, prescriptions, test results and medical charts, all the while ensuring the forms have been identified and signed by the right people. If they work in smaller clinics or hospitals, they may compile the data for all the patients, but if the hospital is very large, they might concentrate on only one department.

Health information technologists and the data that they record are important to hospitals for a number of reasons. They are used to evaluate treatments and research, and when the hospital is dealing with insurance claims and legal actions.

Along with recording information, these specialists also process admission and discharge documents, and put the information into various computer software programs designed to sort, classify, and present the findings and records in different ways. These technicians must therefore be familiar with sophisticated computer programs and be ready to learn new ones as they go.
 
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  Average Earnings  
Lowest 10% of Earners:
$16,460
 
Median Salary:
$23,890
 
Highest 10% of Earners:
$38,640

  Interests and Skills  
Health information technologists need to be skilled at keyboarding and computer programming. These workers have an interest in compiling and analyzing data, and are able to do it quickly and efficiently, with the knowledge that they could be helping develop treatments, or secure funding. Health information technologists should be comfortable with high levels of responsibility and stress, and possess a terrific memory. They need to be precise and accurate with details, as there is a lot riding on their results!
 

  Typical Tasks  
  • Collect, classify, store, retrieve, and analyze health information from various sources
  • Ensure the information being processed and the programmes being used are kept safe
  • Analyze data, presenting the results in graphs and charts
  • Follow instructions
  • Use complicated computer software
  • The health information technologist is one of the least visible, yet vitally important, members of a hospital or health clinic staff. This individual spends a lot of the time alone, at a computer, using complicated software, analyzing doctors' reports and patients' charts. There may or may not be a number of technologists on staff. The job is indoors, with opportunities to use computer skills. Because the records are important to the hospital, the job is high pressure, as the work needs to be done as quickly and accurately as possible.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Health information technicians most often work at hospitals, but can also be employed by the government, health care centers and clinics, seniors' care facilities, and insurance companies. They most often work a standard workweek, unless the facility is open longer hours and weekends. Depending on the facility, there may be a supervisor, or coworkers, to share the responsibilities.

  Long Term Career Potential  
Health information technologists may start their career in a health center or hospital, working their way up to supervise the technical recorders. They may choose to take an administration program, and become the administrator of the department. If they tire of working in hospitals, they have the option to work for outside organizations such as the World Health Organization, travelling the globe, collecting data internationally.
 

  Educational Paths  
People wanting to become health information technologists must complete a two- or three-year health records technician program at a community college or institute of technology.

Some mature students may find they can use credits from other training, depending on the school they choose to attend.
 

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

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