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Employment of health information managers/administrators is expected to increase by 16 percent through 2018 in part, due to electronic medical record implementation mandates. Median annual earnings health information managers was $80,240 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $62,170 and $104,120. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of medical and health services managers in May 2008 were:

  • General medical and surgical hospitals: $87,040
  • Outpatient care centers: $74,130
  • Offices of physicians: $74,060
  • Nursing care facilities: $71,190
  • Home health care services: $71,450

Earnings of medical and health services managers vary by type and size of the facility and level of responsibility.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Office – 2010-2011 edition.

  • Graduates of the program are eligible to write the RHIA (Registered Health Information Technology) certification exam which is offered by the American Health Information Management Association
  • 240 hour internship in a hospital setting is completed during the second year in the program; a 400 hour internship in a health-related setting is completed during the last semester in the program
  • Program is offered on Big Rapids campus during the day and Grand Rapids campus in the evening

What Graduates Do

Registered Health Information Managers/Administrators establish and implement policies, objectives, and procedures for their departments; evaluate personnel and work quality; develop reports and budgets; and coordinate activities with other managers. Health information managers are responsible for the maintenance and security of all patient records. Recent regulations enacted by the Federal Government require that all health care providers maintain electronic patient records and that these records be secure. As a result, health information managers must keep up with current computer and software technology and with legislative requirements.

Health Information professionals work in hospitals, clinics, physician private practices and health departments and insurance companies. They typically work in an office setting, Monday-Friday, 40 hours per week.

Related Occupations

Medical and health services managers have training or experience in both health and management. Other occupations requiring knowledge of both fields are insurance underwriters and social and community service managers.

Employment Prospects

Employment of health information technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent through 2018 because of rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be increasingly scrutinized by health insurance companies, regulators, courts, and consumers. Also, technicians will be needed to enter patient information into computer databases to comply with Federal legislation mandating the use of electronic medical records. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2010)

New jobs are expected in offices of physicians as a result of increasing demand for detailed records, especially in large group practices. New jobs also are expected in home health care services, outpatient care centers, and nursing and residential care facilities. Although employment growth in hospitals will not keep pace with growth in other health care industries, many new jobs will, nevertheless, be created.