Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. Process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards in a manner consistent with the healthcare industry's numerical coding system.

Median Annual Wage: $35,900

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (48%); Some college, no degree (21%); Associate's degree (20%)

Projected Growth: Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Related Job Titles: Medical Records Clerk; Health Information Clerk; Medical Records Coordinator; Medical Records Analyst; Medical Records Director; Coder; Health Information Specialist; Health Information Technician (Health Information Tech); Medical Records Technician (Medical Records Tech); Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)

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  • Review records for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with regulations.
  • Retrieve patient medical records for physicians, technicians, or other medical personnel.

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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