By: Shequita Kelly
Table of contents:
Training, Qualifications, and Advancement
Earnings/ Works Cited
I chose to research the profession of an health information technician. I chose this profession because I like working with technology and want a career in healthcare. I am also detail-oriented, organized and interested in science and medicine. I believe that a job as a health information technician could be the right fit for me. My paper will inform you on the advantages of following a career in the health information technician career field. First of all, this one of the few jobs in the medical industry that has no hands on contact with patients. Another advantage is the wages that can be made and the benefits provided by employers. The last point to be made is that the employment rate is expected to grow it fastest ever in the years to come.
The first advantage that will be discussed is the work environment and the different specialties. This job is done mainly inside the comforts of an office, at a desk. The majority of the work is mainly done on a computer. Even though most of the work is done on a computer there is still some work that is done over the phone and paper work that may need to be filed. A health information technician has no hands-on contact with patients what so ever. People in this field tend to work the standard 40 hour work week, with all national recognized holidays off. Another advantage is being able to choose if you want strictly work codifying patient medical records or you can choose to work as a cancer registry (Johnson, 2006).
With that being said, the role and responsibilities of a Health Information Technician (HIT) also known as a Medical Records Technician include maintaining the medical information system of a healthcare facility in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements. Responsibilities include organizing and coding patient records, recording information on patient records, the gathering of statistical and research data, monitoring information to ensure confidentiality and medical coding for billing purposes. Technicians communicate on a regular basis with physicians and other healthcare professionals to obtain information and clarify diagnosis. This is one of the only fields in the healthcare system that you will not have contact with patients. You will work in an office environment and typically work a forty hour week and if in a twenty four hour facility, some nights and weekends. Fourteen percent of technicians work on a part time basis.- See here you might have to say the health bureau of whatever says “fourteen percent of technicians work on a part time basis”.
An associate degree is required to pursue a career as a Health Information Technician. As part of your educational training, some of the classes that will be needed include human anatomy and physiology, medical classification systems, medical terminology, concepts of disease and legal aspects of are required as the job moves toward using computers as its major form of storing information. Two other important training aspects that are required are, experience in supervising other personnel and experience in a health care clinic. This training program is usually offered in community colleges for the length of two years. The two year program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM). At the end of your schooling, students then go on to an internship, so that they can receive hands on training in a medical facility. A person that is interested in becoming a Health Information Technician is encouraged to take math, biology and computer classes in high school to prepare them for this career. Many colleges offer the two year program online. DeVry University,