How to Pursue a Career as a Health Information Technician (HIT)




If you want to jump start your career in health information technology, working as a health information technician can give you valuable work experience and a better understanding of the health IT field. Then you can choose to move up the career ladder to higher positions.

Health Information Technician

Health information technician

Job Description

It may come as no surprise that health information technicians work mainly with health information data.

The most common work environments are hospitals, doctor’s office’s, and insurance agencies.

Most HIT’s work full-time, 40 hour work week’s, spending most of there day at a desk working on a computer.

They mainly organize and review medical records, while checking for accuracy and completeness. In addition, they regularly communicate with doctor’s, insurance providers, other healthcare professionals to gather more information about a patients medical records.

Job Duties:

  • Electronically record health information data
  • Review patient’s medical records checking for accuracy and completeness
  • Scan patient forms and medical documents
  • Classify and code patient information for insurance reimbursement
  • Maintain and organize health information database and registries

Education & Training

There are multiple ways to pursue a career as a health information technician.

  • Associate degree in Medical Technology or Health Information Management
  • Bachelor’s degree in Health information technology
  • Bachelors degree in Computer Science
  • Certificate program in Medical technology

If you’re still in high school its a good idea to prepare by taking course in health, math, and computer science to increase your chances of admission into a college health information technology program. Furthermore, If you plan on pursuing a career as a health information manager or another higher paying position in the future, then you will need at least a bachelors degree to qualify.

Certification

There are several ways to become certified as a medical coder once you complete your HIT program. For more information about health information technology certification please visit the links below:

If you want to pursue a career as a Registered Health information technician (RHIT) then make sure the health information technology schools and programs you are looking at are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM.  Your program has to be approved in order for you to become eligible to obtain the RHIT certificate. It is also possible to earn your health information technology degree online as long as the school is approved. Furthermore, to obtain the RHIT certificate you must pass an exam given by AHIMA that will be testing your knowledge of health data management, health statistics, information technology and systems, biomedical research, quality management, and health services organization.

Job Outlook

Due to the aging population of the baby boomers there is going to be increased demand for all health care professionals. According to the US bureau of labor, employment of health information technicians is predicted to increase by 21 percent by 2020. In addition, as more healthcare providers continue to adopt health information technology, there will be more demand for health information technicians.

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