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How to Land a Job in Health Information Technology




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Experience

Healthcare employers are looking to hire candidates who already have relevant work experience. A great way to gain experience in the health information technology field is to Volunteer at you local doctors office, hospital, or senior center. For more info check out my guest post on Wingofzock.org about How to Recruit, Hire, and Retain HIT Professionals.

During your volunteer period try to Job Shadow someone who works in Health Information Technology. You will see what a day in their life looks like, and can help you decide if it’s the right career path for you.

Network

Your network of friends and family is a great asset for job hunting. Put the word out  that you are looking for health information technology jobs. Get involved in groups relating to health IT, connect with other professionals, and and join professional organizations.

Professional Health IT Organizations

Social Networks

Get connected with people online and join health information related groups on Facebook & Linked In.

Job Search

Cast a wide net by using several job search methods. Take advantage of all the resources available to you.

  • If you are in college, visit the Career Services Center and attend your school’s Job Fairs.
  • Check the Help Wanted ads in your local newspaper in addition to Health IT Online Job Boards.
  • Find local Employment Agencies, Recruiters, & Temp Agencies.
  • Drop off a Resume at your local doctors office and hospital.

Education

Most Entry level health information technology jobs require that you have at least a high school diploma and some professional training or a health information technology certification.

Read this article for more information about Health Information Technology Certification

 Interview

You want to make a great first impression during your initial interview. First, you may have to go through a screening interview, typically done on the phone, to see if you are qualified. Its a good idea to have your resume on hand so you can highlight your relevant experience, education, and training.

Preparing for the interview

Research the company you are going to interview with. Read through their website, especially the “about us” page, so you know a bit about them, and shows your interest in getting the job.

Interview Questions

In general, the interviewer is asking you questions to determine if you are the right person for the job. You want to answer the questions honestly, while highlighting your strengths. Show examples of how you overcame challenges in your previous job, and talk about your passion for health information technology.

At the end of the interview the interviewer might ask if you have any questions. Its a good idea to have some questions prepared. For example:

  • What type of career opportunities are available for my level of training and skills?
  • What are the biggest challenges of this job?
  • How is an employee promoted? Is it company policy to promote from within?
  • Describe the typical first year assignments

Follow Up

Always send a follow up email  to the interviewer thanking them for their time and expressing interest in the job.

Sometimes people get busy and forget to get back to you, so keep following up to see what’s the status .

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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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