Journey Career Paper
Health Information Technician
The role and responsibilities of a Health Information Technician (HIT) also known as a Medical Records Technician include maintaining the medical information system of a healthcare facility in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements. Responsibilities include organizing and coding patient records, recording information on patient records, the gathering of statistical and research data, monitoring information to ensure confidentiality and medical coding for billing purposes. Technicians communicate on a regular basis with physicians and other healthcare professionals to obtain information and clarify diagnosis. This is one of the only fields in the healthcare system that you will not have contact with patients. You will work in an office environment and typically work a forty hour week and if in a twenty four hour facility, some nights and weekends. This job was brought up to me by my dad as one of his friends currently works in this and it sounded interesting to me, so I further researched it. An associate degree is required to pursue a career as a Health Information Technician. As part of your educational training, some of the classes that will be needed include human anatomy and physiology, medical classification systems, medical terminology, concepts of disease and legal aspects of are required as the job moves toward using computers as its major form of storing information. Two other important training aspects that are required are, experience in supervising other personnel and experience in a health care clinic. This training program is usually offered in community colleges for the length of two years. The two year program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM). At the end of your schooling, students then go on to an externship, so that they can receive hands on training in a medical facility. A person that is interested in becoming a Health Information Technician is encouraged to take math, biology and computer classes in high school to prepare them for this career. Many colleges offer the two year program online. DeVry University, Rasmussen College, Northwestern College, University of Illinois and Cincinnati are some of the schools that offer the accreditation for the two year course online. Some useful qualities to be successful in this career include: dependability, willingness to learn, self motivation, competence, enthusiasm, responsibility, discretion and team player. Your dependability is crucial for a company to run smoothly, dependability can be just coming to work on time, but more importantly completing your task on time and accurately. Since you will be inputting patients’ information into a computer system for record keeping purposes, it is of the utmost importance to make sure information is keyed in accurately. This information is used by doctors, other health care facilities and for insurance purposes, so it is important that all information is correct, so that business can run smoothly. It is also important that the information is correct, because someone’s life may one day depend on the accuracy of the information. In any job enthusiasm is rather important, if you do not enjoy your job, you do not work as effectively as if the job appealed to you. Enthusiasm also rubs off on other employees, and this is a great way of keeping moral up. A willingness to learn is important to be successful as a Health Information Technician. The health care community is constantly changing and learning new information and procedures, this is part of being successful in this job. As the field moves more towards using computers as the main source of maintaining medical records, the need to learn new computer software and the operation of a computer are vital to your success in this job. Self motivation links in with the...
Cited: http://www.bls.gov: Bureau of Labor and Statistics
http://www.cahim.org: The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management
http://flahec.org/hlthcareers/infotech.HTM: Florida Health Careers
http://www.allhealthcaredegrees.com/him_rhit.htm: All Health Care Degrees
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