You say you’re interested in working in health care, but you’re not too comfortable around blood…or is it needles? That’s okay. Have you considered a career working with Electronic Health Records? If you are comfortable using computers, have an eye for details and accuracy, and are interested in working in the healthcare industry, obtaining an Associate degree in Electronic Health Records from P.I.T may be the route for you to take to an exciting career. There are several career paths within the field that may appeal to you.
Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, are responsible for organizing and managing the health information data of patients for practices, hospitals, and organizations. Health information technicians must ensure the data quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems by using a variety of classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories. Health information technicians do not provide direct patient care but they do meet regularly with registered nurses and other healthcare professionals to obtain additional information ensuring the accuracy and completion of records and to clarify diagnoses as needed.
Health Information Technicians can also specialize in many aspects of health information. Some work as Medical Coders, sometimes called Coding Specialists, or as Cancer Registrars. Medical Coders typically review patient information for preexisting conditions, retrieve patient records for medical personnel, and work as a liaison between the health clinician and billing offices. Depending on the size of the medical facility, some Medical Coders also provide the billing service for the office. These positions are often called Medical Billers and Coders and involve the same work as Medical Coders, in addition to submitting bills to insurance companies, Medicare/Medicaid, and individual patients. These staff members also track the payments that have been received by the practice. Cancer registrars generally review patient records and pathology reports for accuracy and completeness; assign classification codes to represent the diagnosis and treatment provided; conduct annual follow-ups to track treatment, survival, and recovery; and, compile and analyze cancer patient information for research purposes.
The advent of the Affordable Care Act has resulted in more medical facilities shifting to the use of electronic health records (EHRs) to better enable facilities to share patient information. This is leading to additional developments in the job responsibilities of Health Information Technicians as well as additional positions becoming available at medical facilities. Federal legislation even provides incentives for physicians’ offices and hospitals to implement EHR systems within their practice. Health Information Technicians, whatever their specific job title, need to be familiar with, or be able to learn to use, electronic health records computer software, follow electronic health records security and privacy practices, and analyze electronic data to improve healthcare information as more healthcare providers and hospitals adopt electronic health records systems.
If you are already working as a Health Information Technician, but don’t have the training needed to work with electronic health records; or, if you are interested in getting in to the health care field as a Health Information Technician, P.I.T. has the just Associate degree program to fulfill your educational needs. Check out the information about our Associate degree in Electronic Health Records. If you agree that it is this program for you, click on the “Apply Now” button to start the application and registration process right away!