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Career Details :: Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. Process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Compiles and maintains medical records of patients to document condition and treatment and to provide data for research studies.
- Maintains variety of health record indexes and storage and retrieval systems.
- Enters data, such as demographic characteristics, history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures, and treatment into computer.
- Prepares statistical reports, narrative reports and graphic presentations of tumor registry data for use by hospital staff, researchers, and other users.
- Contacts discharged patients, their families, and physicians to maintain registry with follow-up information, such as quality of life and length of survival of cancer patients.
- Assists in special studies or research, as needed.
- Reviews records for completeness and to abstract and code data, using standard classification systems, and to identify and compile patient data.
- Compiles medical care and census data for statistical reports on diseases treated, surgery performed, and use of hospital beds.
- Correspondence Clerks
- Insurance Claims Clerks
- Insurance Policy Processing Clerks
- Office Clerks, General
- Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
- Pharmacy Technicians
- Procurement Clerks
General Work Activities
- Processing Information
- Documenting/Recording Information
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Interacting With Computers
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done