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Health Information Technologist


Description

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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Purdue University Global
Programs include Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness, Master of Health Care Administration, and more.
Programs Offered:
  • Master of Health Informatics
  • BS in Health Information Management
  • Master of Health Information Management

 

 



  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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Purdue University Global
Programs include Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness, Master of Health Care Administration, and more.
Programs Offered:
  • Master of Health Informatics
  • BS in Health Information Management
  • Master of Health Information Management

 
Rasmussen College

Further your education and strengthen your skill set at Rasmussen College

Programs Offered:
  • Health Information Technician Associate's Degree
  • Health Information Management Bachelor's Degree

 
Centura College

Centura College, with campus locations in Virginia, South Carolina and Florida.

Programs Offered:
  • Health Information Technology

 
LeTourneau University - Online
Founded in 1946 by Mr. R.G. LeTourneau, LeTourneau University is private, nondenominational Christian university offering a wide array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the College of Engineering, Business and Technology; the College of Aviation & Aeronautical Science; the College of College of Education, Arts and Sciences; and the College of Health Sciences & Professional Studies.
Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Systems

 
Kaplan University

WELCOME TO KAPLAN UNIVERSITY

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For 80 years, we’ve been preparing students for career success. We’ve led the wayso that our students can too.

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management
  • BS in Health Information Management

 
Metropolitan Institute of Health and Technology

MIHT provides a great prospect for employment and career development. Upon program completion, graduates take advantage of our career placement program to secure employment in the health and technology industry.

Programs Offered:
  • Electronic Health Records

 
Harris School of Business
Jump into the exciting world of technology or medical services at Harris School.
Programs Offered:
  • Multi-Skill Health Technician

 
Southern Technical College

Southern Technical College provides education and training in a variety of medical and technical areas that enable graduates to obtain entry-level employment.

Programs Offered:
  • A.S. - Diagnostic Medical Sonography

 
Brookline College

Get hands-on training with Brookline College. We offer diploma and degree programs in the areas of health care, business, nursing, criminal justice, paralegal, and computer security.

Programs Offered:
  • Diploma - Patient Care Technician

 
Brightwood College

At Brightwood College, we offer accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience focused on helping you gain skills for your chosen career.

Programs Offered:
  • Health Information Technology

 
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