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Scope with Health Information Management Jobs

Nov 21st 2014 at 4:08 AM

There are many students who want to work in the health care industry but not necessarily in the direct patient care. When perusing through ads, these students come across plenty of opportunities as medical record workers. In this dynamic medical industry, the aspiring professionals can have even much better opportunities with the medical record worker – the job, which is now referred to as health information management (HIM). It is estimated that in the coming years, everyone in the medical industry will required to have electronic health records. According to some studies, there could be a shortfall of qualified health workers to meet this changing demand. Therefore, the future analysts are also seeing it as one of the many professions in the medical industry with a bright future.

The planning begins with post-secondary education, and students can earn something as small as a coding certificate or can make it big by reaching the doctorate level. In the middle comes the HCC's associate degree. After graduation, students are expected to sit for a national exam developed by the concerned authorities.

As per reports, the salary varies greatly depending on the primary work settings – which may cover everything between hospices (home health care) to acute care hospitals. The average salary that HIM professionals can earn is $57,000, whereas the new graduates can start from $32,000, which is expected to cross $50,000 range in next five years.

Those who find medical coding interesting must note that there are some major breakthroughs waiting to happen in the industry. There are some new changes being made to the coding system, which is expected to affect productivity in the health information departments. Therefore, the aspiring professionals need to understand the changes and grasp every detail to make it big in the industry. Also, this is going to be the first change in 30 years. The best part is that education centres are all set to offer continuing education courses for those who are already a HIM professional but simply need to upgrade their skills.

Only education and certification are not enough to make it big in Health Information Management, but patience and people skills are also mandatory. The professionals get calls from patients or attorneys who want records for cases, so you must have needed communication skills to grow as a professional. Furthermore, there are plenty of legalities involved in the industry, and not to forget is the certain amount of politeness coupled with a sharp eye.

HIM professionals have to perform a variety of jobs including organization, data analysis and coding, and they may get placed in finance, administration, and information technology departments.

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