So, you want to become a Health Information Technologist, but you’re not quite sure what sort of career opportunities await you after graduation?
First, your timing is pretty good. With the advent of more electronic health records (EHRs), doctors find themselves relying upon technology specialists more than ever before. And second, medical communities all across the country are turning to HIT specialists in a variety of settings – from private practices and hospitals, to home health agencies, public health offices, and more.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections suggest Health IT opportunities will be quite favorable for the next several years at least. But what jobs are we talking about?
The most obvious are Health Information Technicians. They’re the ones responsible for reviewing medical charts to ensure the charts are accurate and up-to-date. In addition to preparing reports and assigning diagnostic codes, they also collect, analyze and manage patient information so physicians provide patients the proper care.
A step up from technicians are Health Information Managers, who oversee the business components of healthcare. Usually working in hospitals, medical clinics, HMOs, nursing homes and home care agencies, they manage the health information systems that contain all patient information for these various facilities.
Jobs Encompassing the Medical and Business Sides of Healthcare IT
Because they’re skilled in both the medical and business sides of healthcare, some Health IT grads could find themselves working as coders, ensuring the proper financial reimbursements are made to physicians and other medical providers. Or, they could serve as medical secretaries. Unlike your standard secretary, however, these professionals perform duties that enable providers to work more efficiently. This can include technical support, arranging for hospitalization, and being familiar with both insurance and medical laboratory procedures. Other options include becoming a medical insurance specialist or processor, or accepting a variety of medical administrative opportunities.
Health Information Technology Programs at Fortis
Select Fortis College and Institute campuses in Alabama, Ohio and Texas offer Health Information Technology programs. Program graduates are prepared for entry-level employment as medical information coders, medical insurance specialists, medical insurance processors, and other medical administrative positions. To learn more about the program and where it could take you, call 1-855-436-7847 toll free, or visit our site.
Good luck on your studies…and in your new career!