Health Information Technician

Health Information Technician

Health information technicians organize and evaluate patient health records for completeness and accuracy. This is one of the few occupations in the health industry where there is little-to-no contact with patients.

Overview

Health information technicians, sometimes referred to as medical records technicians, make sure that all health and medical charts are complete and properly identified. They also ensure that all of the information is assigned proper medical codes and entered into a computer system.

Some technicians specialize in coding and are called health information coders, medical record coders, coder/abstractors, or coding specialists. Technicians may also assist in improving patient care, controlling costs, assisting in legal actions, responding to surveys, or participating in research studies.

Health information technicians work in a variety of settings, including physician offices, hospitals, nursing care centers, outpatient care, home health organizations, insurance firms, and public health departments.

Education and Training

According to the BLS, The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) offers credentialing as a Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). To obtain the RHIT credential, an individual must graduate from a 2-year associate degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) and pass an AHIMA-administered written examination. In 2008, there were more than 200 CAHIIM-accredited health information technology colleges and universities programs.

For more information about information technicians, visit The BLS

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