Get ready to train for an exciting new career in the world of healthcare. The Health Information Technology program is designed to prepare you for a career in the healthcare industry. The online Health Information Technology program is an Associates Degree program and can be completed in as little as 18 months.
Train to Become a Medical Records and Health Information Technician
The Health Information Technology program can prepare you for a job in a healthcare setting, such as a clinic, acute care hospitals or other facilities. Some of the classes that you can expect to take include:
- Introduction to Health Information Management
- Medical Coding
- Medical Insurance Billing
- CPT Coding
- Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Information Technology
- Health Information Systems and Technology
During your online lessons, you can learn how to use and maintain the software needed to perform your job. Some of the software you may use include:
- Electronic Health Record (EHR) system
- Healthcare billing software
- Transcription software
- Healthcare common procedure coding software
- Microsoft Office suite
- Document management software designed for healthcare
What Career Opportunities Are Available?
The program is designed to prepare you to enter the job market as a:
- Medical Records and Health Information Technician – Medical Records and Health Information Technicians are important members of a healthcare team. They help increase the efficiency of the healthcare office by properly organizing and managing patient data. With industry-experienced instructors and career services to help you secure a new job, we are ready to help you every step of the way.
What Does a Medical Records and Health Information Technician Do?
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians are a very important part of the healthcare team, supporting both the administration of the office and ensuring the privacy of healthcare records. While these roles can vary by the healthcare office they work in, they require you to possess both interpersonal and technical skills. Duties can be broken into three categories: administrative duties, analysis duties, and organization.
You may work with the office manager on a daily basis to ensure the administrative functions of the healthcare office remain up-to-date. You may also be required to enter data and compile reports the healthcare office needs.
- Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained
- Enter data, such as demographic characteristics, history, and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures, or treatment into computer
- Identify, compile, abstract, and code patient data, using standard classification systems
- Process patient admission or discharge documents
- Transcribe medical reports
- Post medical insurance billings
Reviewing patient records for completeness and accuracy helps healthcare professionals assist their patients throughout their medical lives. You could also be responsible for analyzing and reviewing records in order to maintain them and keep them compliant with current healthcare regulations.
- Review records for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with regulations
- Assign the patient to diagnosis-related groups (DRGs), using appropriate computer software
- Resolve or clarify codes or diagnoses with conflicting, missing, or unclear information by consulting with doctors or others or by participating in the coding team’s regular meetings
- Prepare statistical reports, narrative reports, or graphic presentations of information, such as tumor registry data for use by hospital staff, researchers, or other users
- Compile medical care and census data for statistical reports on diseases treated, surgery performed, or use of hospital beds
- Consult classification manuals to locate information about disease processes
Keeping the medical records in a healthcare office organized is vital to the efficient running of the organization. You will interact with doctors and other healthcare personnel to ensure the patient records are organized, accurate, and complete.
- Retrieve patient medical records for physicians, technicians, or other medical personnel
- Plan, develop, maintain, or operate a variety of health record indexes or storage and retrieval systems to collect, classify, store, or analyze information
- Compile and maintain patients’ medical records to document medical conditions, treatments and to provide data for research or cost control and care improvement efforts.
- Manage the department or supervise clerical workers, directing or controlling activities of personnel in the medical records department
- Train medical records staff
The Health Information Technology program prepares you for a job as a Medical Records and Health Information Technician. In as little as 18 months, you can be ready to start your new career in a healthcare office.
In order to enroll in the Health Information Technology program at Platt College, you will need to have obtained your high school diploma or GED. Basic skills in math are a plus.
Is Health Information Technology a Good Career For Me?
How do you know if a career in Health Information Technology is good for you? Here are some things to consider:
- You need to be a good listener as you will deal with coworker every day to ensure patient’s records are complete and accurate
- You have a strong work ethic and go into your chosen career knowing that you can have tough days and long hours but take it in stride
- You are reliable, organized and good at multitasking, helping the officer manager ensure the office doesn’t fall apart
- You enjoy doing a variety of things
- You have career advancement opportunities available to you with additional training
If this sounds like you, then training as a Medical Records and Health Information Technician is a good career choice.
How Much Money Do Medical Records and Health Information Technicians Make?
According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians currently earn a median salary of $40,350 per year or $19.40 per hour*. The median annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $40,350 in May 2018. 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 $26,550, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $66,260.
Additionally, you might be eligible for a variety of benefits, such as vacation or sick time, flexible working hours, insurance and a stable work/life balance. Each healthcare office is different so it is a good idea to weigh all your options when presented with a position so that you accept an offer in an office you will be successful in.
Medical Records and Health Information Technician Career Outlook
The Medical Records and Health Information Technician fields are growing fast and according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, expected growth in the field is 13% growth between 2016 and 2026*. This growth is faster than average for the overall projection for all occupations.
The healthcare industry is constantly changing. It is an exciting career opportunity with advances in science, research, and technology. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians are an integral part of the healthcare team. As the demand for preventative medical services increases, the need for personnel to organize and manage healthcare data is also growing. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians with familiarity with electronic health records (EHRs) may have better career opportunities available to them.
Where Can Medical Records and Health Information Technicians Work?
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians may be able to work in:
- A solo or group healthcare office
- Nursing care facilities
- Mental health facilities
- Insurance companies
- Ambulatory facilities
- Long-term care facilities
Oklahoma Health Information Technology Program Locations at Platt College
Are you ready to enroll in our Oklahoma Health Information Technology program? You can find classes at:
Get Started Today!
Turn your passion for helping people into a career with our Health Information Technology program. Our industry-experienced instructors and convenient online schedule make it easy for you to gain the skills you need to be successful in this growing field. To get started, call us at 877-392-6616 or request information to speak with an Admissions Representative, who can answer your questions about our Health Information Technology Program.
Programs vary by location.
High school diploma, GED or equivalent required.
See the school catalog for specific programmatic admissions requirements.
*Platt College Online Programs are offered through the Tulsa, Oklahoma campus.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm