health information technician

health information technician

A technician who ensures the accuracy, completeness, coding, security, storage, and retrieval of health care-related data, esp. in medical records. The work may involve various aspects of health care (e.g., epidemiology, ethics, law, management, patient care, and research).
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Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2016 that by 2026, medical record and health information technician employment will increase by 13 percent, rising from 206,300 employed technicians to 234,100.
It describes how the health care industry records, maintains, and shares patient health data, and the evolving role of the Registered Health Information Technician. It explains health care delivery systems, collecting health care data, and electronic health records; the content, structure, processing, maintenance, and analysis of health information; and legal and supervisory issues.
She is a Registered Health Information Technician and received her Associates of Science in Health Information Technology from DeVry University in 2011.
In all types of facilities, the health information technician processes the knowledge and skills necessary to process, maintain, compile and report health information data for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment, and research; to abstract and code clinical data; and to analyze health records.
Nineteen American academics, practitioners, and consultants contribute 18 chapters to a text developed for associate degree programs in health information technology, to prepare students for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam and future employment as an entry-level HIT professional.
Regardless of whether the HIM employee is a registered health information technician (RHIT), a registered health information administrator (RHIA), or is simply non-credentialed, proper training on HIM policies and procedures, specific duties, and relevant regulations is necessary for the department to be effective and meet facility goals.
In health information, key information management personnel are credentialed health information managers with a certification as either a registered health information administrator (RHIA) or a registered health information technician (RHIT).
Horton (health information technology, Hutchinson Community College, Kansas) describes basic statistical computation methods for students in health information technician and health information administrator programs.
The two organizations are exploring other areas for collaboration within the allied health-care industry, with discussions underway regarding the medical records and health information technician field.
The occupation of cancer registrar is a specialty within the broader occupation of medical records and health information technician. Suzanna believes cancer registrars may balance more varied duties and apply more in-depth knowledge than do medical records and health information technicians in general.
The report specifically lists nurses and nurse practitioners; nursing assistants, including CNA, LPN, PCT and medical assistants; medical records and health information technicians; physical therapists and emergency medical technicians (EMT) as among the hottest jobs.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook projected that employment of medical secretaries will grow approximately 22 percent from 2016 to 2026, and 13 percent for health information technicians. Like much projected growth in the health care field, this is due in large part to an aging population that will require more medical care for longer periods of time--thus increasing the need for staff to process medical records, insurance forms and billing.

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