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Health Information Specialist: Role & Growth

Instructor: Nadine Kantala
In this lesson, you will learn about a new and exciting role in health care: the health information specialist. Upon the completion of this lesson, you should be able to describe the duties and responsibilities of the health information specialist.

What is a health information specialist?

Health information specialist transcribing medical records.
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A health information specialist falls under the broader category of medical records and health information technicians. They can work in hospitals or in doctor's offices and clinics. They primarily handle medical records, and are responsible for compiling, organizing, and maintaining highly confidential patient records in accordance with proper rules and regulations. They are also responsible for data entry and play significant roles in medical billing and coding.

Entry-level positions typically require an associate's degree. While certification is not always required, individuals who possess certification as a Registered Health Information Technicians through the Commission on the Accreditation of Health Informatics & Information Management (CAHIIM), can certainly expect to make more money than those who do not.

There is a lot of room for growth within this position as well, and if you are an ambitious and willing to put in the effort, you can pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Health Information Management and certification as a Registered Health Information Administrator to move up in the industry. With this more advanced degree and certification, you may potentially work in managerial positions within health care information departments at a medical institution.

How much will I make?

Great question! According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $38,040 in May 2016.

The outlook for this position is pretty good, as well, with employment estimated to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024.

What exactly is a typical day like?

If the education requirements have not scared you off, read on! This is what you can expect to do on a daily basis:

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