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Medical Records and Health Information Technician
Every time a patient receives health care, a record is maintained of the observations, medical or surgical interventions, and treatment outcomes.
The Job
Technicians assemble patients' health information, making sure that patients' initial medical charts are complete, that all forms are completed and properly identified and authenticated, and that all necessary information is in the computer.They regularly communicate with physicians and other health care professionals to clarify diagnoses or to obtain additional information.
Work Environment
Medical records and health information technicians work in pleasant and comfortable offices. This is one of the few health-related occupations in which there is little or no direct contact with patien
College Majors
Junior College
Minimum Qualifications
Medical records and health information technicians entering the field usually have an associate degree from a community or junior college.
Personality traits helpful for this career
It is beneficial for health information technicians to possess good communication skills, as they often serve as a liaison between health care facilities, insurance companies, and other establishments
Quick Facts
  • Employment is expected to grow faster than average.
  • Job prospects should be very good; technicians with a strong background in medical coding will be in particularly high demand.
  • Entrants usually have an associate degree.
  • This is one of the few health occupations in which there is little or no direct contact with patients.
Compensation and Outlook
The median annual wage of medical records and health information technicians was $30,610 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $24,290 and $39,490. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,440, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $50,060.
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