Health Information Management
Health Information Technician

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Salary: $18,877 - $31,619
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Hourly: $9.94 - $18.21
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Outlook: 3 Stars
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Length of Training: up to 2 years
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When a patient enters the medical care system, records are maintained of their healthcare status, and all the tests, diagnoses, and other treatments that they undergo. It is imperative that all medical records are accurate and up-to-date to ensure that patients get the best care possible. Accurate records are also important so that the patient gets billed for the correct amount from the health insurance company and from the healthcare facility. A health information technician ensures that when a patient gets healthcare, a code is assigned to each diagnosis and procedure. They consult classification manuals and then utilize computer software to assign the patient to one of several hundred “diagnosis-related groups” or DRGs. This DRG then determines the amount for which the hospital or clinic will be reimbursed if the patient is covered by insurance or some other program.

Areas of Specialization

Depending on the size of the employer, health information technicians may specialize in one particular area of healthcare or they may be generalist in scope.

Work Environment

Health information technicians may work in a large hospital or a small physician’s office, but wherever they work, it’s likely that there will be little to no patient contact. In some healthcare facilities, they may be in an office separate from the healthcare facility for which they are doing the coding.