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Health Information Technology
Volume 2, Issue 19
In This Issue
Ed4Online's Health Information Technology Course
Job Outlook
Exploring the Field
Course Offerings

Ed4Online's Health Information Technician Course

 

Our Health Information Technology (HIT) course provides strategies and concepts related to the comprehensive management of health information. Students will learn how to organize and secure health information to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of the health care delivery system. With an overview of the health care industry and strategies for recording and securing patient processing records, this course equips the learner with tools and techniques for improving the health care system by effectively managing health care data.

Job Outlook 

HIT


Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020,
faster than the average for all occupations. 

 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records by healthcare providers, should lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.

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In this newsletter we will explore the growing field of Health Information Technology.  You will find pertinent information about the courses offered through Ed4Online,  job outlooks and salary ranges for this profession.
Health Information Technicians  
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health information technicians are responsible for organizing and managing health information data by ensuring the quality, accuracy, accessibility, and securityof that information in both paper and electronic systems. Health technician's use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients' medical and treatment histories.
 

Duties

Health Information Technicians document patients' health information, including the medical history, symptoms, examination and test results, treatments, and other information about healthcare provider services.

 

Health information technicians typically also do the following:

  • Review patient records and health data for timeliness, completeness, and accuracy
  • Organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries
  • Track patient outcomes for quality assessment
  • Use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis 
  • Electronically record data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting
  • Protect patients' health information for confidentiality, authorized access for treatment, and data security

Although health information technicians do not provide direct patient care, they work regularly with physicians and other healthcare professionals. They meet with these professionals as necessary to clarify diagnoses or to get additional information to make sure that records are complete and accurate.

 

The increasing use of electronic health records (EHRs) will continue to change the job responsibilities of health information technicians. Technicians will need to be familiar with, or be able to learn, EHR computer software, follow EHR security and privacy practices, and analyze electronic data to improve healthcare information as more healthcare providers and hospitals adopt EHR systems.

 

www.bls.gov

Courses offered by Ed4Online that would benefit a student interested in Health Information Technology
Potential Earnings   

The median annual wage of medical records and health information technicians was $32,350 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,240, and the top 10 percent earned more than $53,430. 
  

www.bls.gov

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