Health Information Technician Job description and Salary Outlook

Among so many health jobs, you can find a job that will be suitable for people who like to operate digital equipment. This job is Health information technicians or also known as medical records. It manages the information given by patients, doctors and health care professionals for medical diagnosis treatment. To be a health information technician, you should take about two years to complete, before they can assume their responsibilities. If you are interested to become a health information technician, you better read the following description below.


Instead of collecting information firsthand, health information technicians receive patient forms, medical histories and test results from medical professionals. But, first of all technicians must examine the data to ensure that it is correct and accurate. The information will be stored through paper files or electronic databases. This information should be kept very well as it contains patient records confidential.


One common specialty of health information technician is medical coding. They will translate the often-arcane descriptions of diagnosis and treatment into numerical codes. Moreover, a health information technician should also perform cancer registrars. This will enable them to distinguish the differences among cancers and tumors.


Technicians who can operate electronic health records are terribly needed as not many medical staff can operate with any digital expertise. Other responsibilities extend to operating, maintaining and performing minor repairs on computer hardware and software. Therefore, they have to make sure that all digital equipment works very well.

Salary Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health information technicians are able to earn an average $35,920 per year, with a range from below $21,680 to above $55,170. You can find health information technicians in general medical and surgical hospitals, offices of physicians and nursing care facilities. It is predicted that this profession will increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020.



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