How to be a health information technician

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Health care in the USA is a huge industry. Unggal dinten, hospitals and doctors’ offices produce millions of pages of information about their patients. They need health information technicians to help them understand and store the data. Find out how to become a health information technician.

Health care in the USA is a huge industry. Every day, hospitals and doctors’ offices produce millions of pages of information about their patients. They need health information technicians to help them understand and store the data. Find out how to become a health information technician.

Two people in white lab coats reading data from a gray machine - health information technician
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Two people in white lab coats reading data from a gray machine - health information technician
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What is a health information technician?

What is a health information technician?

Health care technicians read and file medical records. rékaman médis anu penting pikeun kahirupan tur kaséhatan masarakat. jalma terampil ngatur jeung ngokolakeun inpo ieu. Ngaran proyék ieu teknisi informasi kaséhatan (neunggeul) atanapi teknisi rékaman médis.

Health care technicians read and file medical records. Medical records are important to people’s lives and health. Skilled people organize and manage this information. The name of this job is health information technician (HIT) or medical records technician.

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About the job

What can you expect in the job of health information technician?

What can you expect in the job of health information technician?

Duties of a health information technician

Duties of a health information technician

The tugas utama hiji teknisi informasi kaséhatan téh tetep rékaman médis aman, pas, sarta nepi ka tanggal. dokter, perawat, manajer rumah sakit, jeung pausahaan asuransi kaséhatan sadayana kedah informasi nu bener janten sadia pikeun aranjeunna. Ampir kabéh rékaman ieu téh diteundeun dina komputer. Sababaraha aya dina kertas, jeung tulak ieu mungkin perlu discan jeung Filed.

The main duty of a health information technician is to keep medical records safe, accurate, and up to date. Doctors, nurses, hospital managers, and health insurance companies all need correct information to be available to them. Almost all these records are kept on computers. A few are on paper, and these papers may need to be scanned and filed.

Hits pastikeun yén sakabéh buruh kaséhatan séjénna (kayaning dokter, perawat sarta technicians médis) rékaman médis lengkep. Hits kedah ngartos tur nganggo Konci dipaké pikeun prosedur médis béda.

HITs make sure that all other health workers (such as doctors, nurses and medical technicians) complete medical records. HITs must understand and use the codes used for different medical procedures.

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Watch a video about the job of an HIT

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Workplace

Paling hits dianggo di rumah sakit. Éta ogé bisa gawe di klinik sarta kantor dokter '. Sababaraha hits dianggo ti imah. Hits ogé bisa dianggo pikeun pausahaan asuransi kaséhatan, pikeun pamaréntah, atawa dina panalungtikan médis.

Most HITs work in hospitals. They may also work in clinics and doctors’ offices. Some HITs work from home. HITs may also work for health insurance companies, for the government, or in medical research.

Salary for health information technicians

Salary for health information technicians

Di 2017, nu bayar rata pikeun hits éta ngeunaan $39,000 per taun. Tapi gaji taunan tiasa langkung ti $70,000 for experienced workers in some big cities or as low as $25,000 keur pagawe Éntri-tingkat di padesaan.

In 2017, the average pay for HITs was about $39,000 per year. But annual salary can be more than $70,000 for experienced workers in some big cities or as low as $25,000 for entry-level workers in rural areas.

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About the person

What kind of person makes a good health information technician?

What kind of person makes a good health information technician?

Qualities anjeun kudu boga

Qualities you should have

  • attention to detail – HIT work is full of small details and must be accurate
  • étika alusmedical records are confidential an
  • ability to analyze information – HIT data includes complex medical information and regulations
  • attention to detail – HIT work is full of small details and must be accurate
  • good ethics – medical records are confidential an
  • ability to analyze information – HIT data includes complex medical information and regulations

Kaahlian anjeun bakal kedah

Skills you will need

  • kaahlian komputer
  • pamahaman istilah médis
  • pamahaman prosedur légal
  • pangaweruh ngeunaan waragad kasehatan tur pangmayaran
  • Latihan dina sistim pangkodean médis
  • computer skills
  • understanding of medical terms
  • understanding of legal procedures
  • knowledge of health care costs and payments
  • training in medical coding systems

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Get qualified

What training, certification and experience do health information technicians need?

What training, certification and experience do health information technicians need?

Training for health information technicians

Training for health information technicians

latihan paling umum nyaéta Tangtu di Manajemén Émbaran Kaséhatan. Tangtu ieu kudu accredited (disatujuan) ku KPK dina Akréditasi pikeun Informatika Kaséhatan jeung Pendidikan Manajemén Émbaran (Cahit). The CAHIIM- Tangtu accredited bakal mere Anjeun gelar hiji gaul urang. kursus biasana nyokot dua taun. You can find an accredited course near you through the Cahim database.

The most common training is a course in Health Information Management. This course should be accredited (approved) by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). A CAHIIM- accredited course will give you an associate’s degree. The course usually takes two years. You can find an accredited course near you through the Cahim database.

Dina database CAHIIM, pilih kaayaan anjeun tina menu dropdown. De-select all programs except “Health Information Management : Gelar Mitra ". Lamun ngan hoyong diajar online, de-select “Campus Based.” Then choose “Search.”

On the CAHIIM database, select your state from the dropdown menu. De-select all programs except “Health Information Management : Associate Degree.” If you only want to study online, de-select “Campus Based.” Then choose “Search.”

Mun euweuh program datangna up dina kaayaan anjeun, coba hiji kaayaan sabudeureunana. Nyaéta 109 kursus online on database ieu sareng seueur kursus leuwih dumasar kampus-.

If no programs come up in your state, try a neighboring state. There are 109 online courses on this database and many more campus-based courses.

Certification for health information technicians

Certification for health information technicians

Aya sababaraha certifications pikeun tipena béda pencét. Sababaraha nu husus pikeun sistim pangkodean atawa pikeun rékaman kanker. The sertifikasi paling umum teh didaptarkeun Kaséhatan Émbaran teknisi (Hri ः eta) sertipikasi. Panawaran pikeun RHIT, anjeun kedah ngalengkepan CAHIIM a- tangtu accredited.

There are several certifications for different types of HIT. Some are specifically for coding systems or for cancer records. The most general certification is the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification. To apply for RHIT, you need to complete a CAHIIM- accredited course.

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Experience

Pangalaman Kadé, oge. Salaku conto, lamun geus digawé minangka resepsionis di kantor dokter urang, anjeun bakal geus diajar pikeun ngatur informasi. A juru tulis médis bisa mibanda pangalaman jeung Konci médis. Ieu damelan saméméhna bisa ngabantu anjeun jadi teknisi informasi kaséhatan tanpa tangtu kuliah. Anjeun meureun bakal tetep kudu sertifikasi.

Experience is important, too. For example, if you have worked as a receptionist in a doctor’s office, you will have learned to manage information. A medical clerk may have experience with medical codes. These previous jobs may help you become a health information technician without a college course. You will probably still need certification.

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