What Prospective Students Should Know
health information technicians is expected to increase by 20
percent through 2018, in part, due to electronic medical record
annual earnings of health information technicians was $31,290 in
May 2009. The middle 50 percent earned between $24,290 and
earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of
medical records and health information technicians in May
General medical and surgical hospitals
Nursing care facilities
Outpatient care centers
Offices of physicians
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Office – May 2010
What Graduates Do
Health Information Technicians
the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness,
accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems. They may also
use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data
for the purpose of improving patient care or controlling costs.
They consult classification manuals and computer software to
assign the patient to a diagnosis-related group, which will
determine the amount that the hospital will be reimbursed by
the government or insurance company.
specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient
records for reimbursement and research.
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 health care occupations include insurance claims clerk, medical secretary, medical transcriptionist, tumor registrar.
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.