Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data. They ensure that the information maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper files and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients' medical and treatment histories.
Health information technicians held about 188,600 jobs in 2014. Most health information technicians work in hospitals or physicians' offices.
Health information technicians typically need a postsecondary certificate to enter the occupation, although some may need an associate's degree. Certification is often required.
The median annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $37,110 in May 2015.
Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.
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