Health Information & Medical Records Technician
Health Information and Medical Records Technicians assemble, review and complete all patient records for a hospital or health clinic. They assign a code to each diagnosis, using a software program to assign the patient to one of several hundred diagnosis-related groups or DRGs. Technicians who specialize in coding are called health information coders. Some technicians use computer programs to tabulate and analyze data, such as tumor registrars who compile medical records of patients with cancer.
Salary Range: $25,070 – $62,840
Salary Notes: Median salary for medical records and health information is about $38,040. Highest average salaries are typically found in nursing and personal care facilities and hospitals. The average mean salary in Vermont was $41,690 in 2016.
Where you can study:
Beal College, Bangor, ME
Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA
Center for Technology, Essex, Essex Junction, VT
Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth, NH
Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, ME
Laboure College, Boston, MA
Lincoln College, Southington, CT
Manchester Community College, Manchester, NH
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA
Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester, MA
River Valley Community College, Claremont, NH
Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA
Where you might work:
– Clinics – Home Health Agencies – Hospitals – Medical Group Practices – Nursing Homes
Job Outlook: Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2024 due to the rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments and procedures.
Education, Licensing and Certification: Typical technicians have a high school diploma and an associate degree from a community or junior college. Certification is available to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), as well as a separate certification for technicians who specialize in coding.
American Health Information Management Association 312-233-1100