WHAT THEY DO:
Medical Record Technicians are like the Librarians of the health care system. They must be familiar with both paper and electronic record keeping in order to keep countless patient files in order. As a medical records technician you will not be involved in direct patient care. Instead you will be helping nurses and others keep up with patient records, medical history, prescription usage and more.
Part of your daily activities will be transferring paper records to digital as more and more hospitals and doctors change over to electronic health records. No matter where you work (hospital or doctors office) you will be expected to handle detail oriented work and have the necessary people skills to communicate with a variety of other health care professionals.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
Most employers will expect you have some type of certification before starting work, such as the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) program – and the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) program. Courses in Medical Terminology, Anatomy, Physiology and Coding Systems are all an important part of the program. Knowledge of the financial and technical side of the health care profession will also be necessary.
The median annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $35,900 in May 2014 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $59,160.
Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024 as an aging population will require more medical services and health information technicians will be needed to organize and manage the older generations’ health information data. Plus the number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform.