Career Definition for Medical Information Managers
For those experienced in medical records technology and adept with insurance coding systems, a career in medical information management provides a rewarding path for advancement. Medical information managers oversee all medical recording, transcribing and coding operations in a medical facility, such as a hospital, physician's office, or outpatient treatment center. They may manage a team of medical records technicians and coders and are responsible for ensuring accuracy and implementing and maintaining effective organization systems of medical records, charts and insurance claims.
|Education||Associate's degree or bachelor's degree|
|Job Skills||Organizational skills, problem solving skills, computer literacy, interpersonal skills, communication skills|
|Median Salary (2017)*||$39,180 (medical records and health information technicians)|
|Career Outlook (2016-2026)*||13% (medical records and health information technicians)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Though a 2-year associate degree in health information management (HIM) will open the door to the medical records technology field, medical information managers are expected to have a 4-year bachelor's degree from a HIM program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). A few years of professional experience are also useful, since most medical information managers begin as medical records technicians and advance with the appropriate experience. Graduates may then take a certification exam to become Registered Health Information Administrators (RHIAs) through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical records technicians need good communications skills and should be detail-oriented, accurate and proficient with computers and electronic data systems. Medical information managers must be at the top of their game in these respects and be capable of motivating and managing others. Excellent organization is also important, as are problem-solving skills to determine the best ways to record and organize information.
Salary and Career Outlook
The medical records technology and health information management field is expected to grow by 13%, more quickly than average, from 2016-2026, says the BLS, with good job prospects for managers with certification. The BLS reported the median annual salary for medical records and health information technicians was $39,180 as of May 2017.