Health Information Technology

Professionals who work in the field of health information technology are tasked with organizing and managing health information records and data.

A large portion of their job is to ensure that health records are accurate, accessible and secure in both their paper and electronic forms. They are responsible for coding and classifying records for ease of use, and bill health insurance companies for treatment and services received by patients.

Some jobs within the industry require only an associate degree, while others – such as management positions – may require a bachelor’s degree. Areas of study include learning basic medical terminology, health services and information systems, billing and coding, legal and regulatory issues relating to the healthcare industry and health insurance and reimbursement policy and procedure.

Demand for trained professionals in this area is expected to grow by 22 percent over the next decade, according to data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average annual income for a health information technician is $34,160.

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