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Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Health Information Technician?

 "Information is 'the lifeblood of medicine' and health information technology is destined to be 'the circulatory system for that information.'"                                                                                                     —David Blumenthal, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

  Today’s world is full of modern technology in the healthcare industry which has become very demanding.  We live in a world where everything has become high tech.  The healthcare industry has advanced from the dinosaur age to cyber technology. During this economic recession employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent, faster than the average for all occupations. 

With the population growth, the demand for health services is expected to increase, so will the need for more medical tests, treatments, and procedures. Thus, we will have more claims for reimbursement from private and public insurance companies. This will increase with the widespread use of electronic health records by all types of healthcare providers. This should lead to a large need for health information technicians to organize and manage medical records information in all areas associated with  the healthcare industry.

Some of the important qualities to consider as a health information technician are analytical skills, (must be able to understand and follow medical records and diagnoses to decide the best code to use), detail oriented, (must pay attention to details and be accurate when recording and coding patient information), interpersonal skills, (able to discuss patient information, discrepancies, and data requirements with other professionals such as physicians and finance personnel), and technical skills,( ability to use coding and classification software and the EHR system used by the healthcare organization).  Most medical records and health information technicians work in hospitals or physician’s offices and are employed full-time.

HIT is one the top ten promising careers.  Come join us in making your mark in today's world of technology.  So ask yourself, “Why am I not reaping the rewards?” “Do I have what it takes to be a Health Information Technician?”