Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars
Apply knowledge of healthcare and information systems to assist in the design, development, and continued modification and analysis of computerized healthcare systems. Abstract, collect, and analyze treatment and followup information of patients. May educate staff and assist in problem solving to promote the implementation of the healthcare information system. May design, develop, test, and implement databases with complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status to help monitor diseases.
Sample of reported job titles: Medical Records Analyst, Medical Records Director
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Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | Detailed Work Activities | Job Zone | Credentials | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Assign the patient to diagnosis-related groups (DRGs), using appropriate computer software.
- Compile medical care and census data for statistical reports on diseases treated, surgery performed, or use of hospital beds.
- Design databases to support healthcare applications, ensuring security, performance and reliability.
- Develop in-service educational materials.
- Evaluate and recommend upgrades or improvements to existing computerized healthcare systems.
- Facilitate and promote activities, such as lunches, seminars, or tours, to foster healthcare information privacy or security awareness within the organization.
- Identify, compile, abstract, and code patient data, using standard classification systems.
- Manage the department or supervise clerical workers, directing or controlling activities of personnel in the medical records department.
- Monitor changes in legislation and accreditation standards that affect information security or privacy in the computerized healthcare system.
- Plan, develop, maintain, or operate a variety of health record indexes or storage and retrieval systems to collect, classify, store, or analyze information.
- Prepare statistical reports, narrative reports, or graphic presentations of information, such as tumor registry data for use by hospital staff, researchers, or other users.
- Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
- 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.
- Retrieve patient medical records for physicians, technicians, or other medical personnel.
- Train medical records staff.
- Write or maintain archived procedures, procedural codes, or queries for applications.
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- Accounting software — Billing software; NDCMedisoft; QMSoftware Receivables Management; Siemens Soarian Financials
- Analytical or scientific software — IBM SPSS Statistics ; Minitab ; SAS ; StataCorp Stata
- Business intelligence and data analysis software — IBM Cognos Impromptu ; MicroStrategy ; Qlik Tech QlikView ; Tableau
- Calendar and scheduling software — MD Synergy Medical Appointment Scheduling; Scheduling software; Siemens Soarian Scheduling
- Categorization or classification software — 3M Encoder; American Medical Association CodeManager; Computerized indexing systems; DRG grouping software
- Data base management system software — Teradata Database
- Data base reporting software — Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services ; SAP Crystal Reports ; SoftMed ChartRelease
- Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software; Microsoft Access ; Microsoft SQL Server ; Structured query language SQL (see all 9 examples)
- Desktop communications software — Eko
- Development environment software — Microsoft Visual Basic ; Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition VBScript
- Document management software — Hyland Software OnBase; IDX Systems Patient Chart Tracking; SoftMed ChartLocater; SoftMed ChartReserve (see all 6 examples)
- Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Exchange ; Microsoft Outlook
- Enterprise application integration software — IBM InfoSphere DataStage
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Microsoft Dynamics ; SAP Business Objects
- Expert system software — Information Resource Products Clinical Coding Expert
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Graphics software
- Information retrieval or search software — Coding database software
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Medical software — Epic Systems ; Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS ; Henry Schein Dentrix ; Medical condition coding software (see all 40 examples)
- Metadata management software — CA Erwin Data Modeler
- Network security and virtual private network VPN equipment software — Virtual private networking VPN software
- Object or component oriented development software — R
- Office suite software — Corel WordPerfect; Microsoft Office
- Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
- Optical character reader OCR or scanning software — Scantron imaging software
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Process mapping and design software — Microsoft Visio
- Project management software — Microsoft Project
- Spreadsheet software — IBM Lotus 1-2-3; Microsoft Excel
- Transaction security and virus protection software — Encoder software
- Voice recognition software — Cyber Records MediChart Express; ScanSoft Naturally Speaking; Speech recognition software; Voice dictation software
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
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Detailed Work Activities
- Code data or other information.
- Classify materials according to standard systems.
- Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
- Communicate with management or other staff to resolve problems.
- Create databases to store electronic data.
- Develop procedures for data management.
- Evaluate applicable laws and regulations to determine impact on organizational activities.
- Gather medical information from patient histories.
- Maintain medical facility records.
- Maintain security.
- Manage healthcare operations.
- Market products, services, or events.
- Monitor external affairs or events affecting business operations.
- Perform clerical work in medical settings.
- Prepare healthcare training materials.
- Present medical research reports.
- Promote educational institutions or programs.
- Recommend changes to improve computer or information systems.
- Supervise medical support personnel.
- Test computer hardware performance.
- Test software performance.
- Train caregivers or other non-medical personnel.
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|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate’s degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
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Wages & Employment Trends
Median wage data for Health Information Technologists, Medical Registrars, Surgical Assistants, and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other.
Employment data for Health Information Technologists, Medical Registrars, Surgical Assistants, and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other.
Industry data for Health Information Technologists, Medical Registrars, Surgical Assistants, and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other.
|Median wages (2020)||$24.92 hourly, $51,840 annual|
|Employment (2020)||81,400 employees|
|Projected growth (2020-2030)||Faster than average (10% to 15%)|
|Projected job openings (2020-2030)||6,900|
|Top industries (2020)||
Health Care and Social Assistance
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2020-2030 employment projections . “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.
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Job Openings on the Web
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Sources of Additional Information
Disclaimer: Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industries. Links to non-DOL Internet sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.
- American Health Information Management Association
- Medical Billing and Coding
- National Cancer Registrars Association
- National Healthcareer Association
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Medical records and health information specialists
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