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Health Information Administrator

Career data updated last on 8/19/2014
Health Information Administrator The modern health information management professional is an integral member of the health care team, providing comprehensive information and information systems for patient care, administrative planning, professional education, and research. The health care industry relies on HIM specialists to collect, interpret, and protect health data in a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional settings. Maintaining these records is very important because the information is used to evaluate the patients care, diagnose and treat illness and plan health care services. Health Information administrators (who are certified as Registered Health Information Administrators) operate medical record departments in hospitals and other facilities. They design and manage health information systems so they meet medical, legal and ethical standards. They also supervise other personnel who prepare medical records.
Salary $23.32- hourly $48,500 -annually
Significant Points The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow 16 percent from 2006 to 2016, faster than the average for all occupations. The health care industry will continue to expand and diversify, requiring managers to help ensure smooth business operations.
Specializations
Work Environment Health information administrators work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, insurance companies, governmental agencies, educational institutions, consulting firms, computer companies and private industry.
High School Prep General college preparation is recommended: three courses in math including algebra I, algebra II and geometry, or a higher level math course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; three science courses including one biological science, one physical science and one lab course; four English units and two social studies units, including one in U.S. History; and two years of a second language.
Academic Requirements A baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited by the American Medical Association in conjunction with the American Health Information Management Association is required in medical record administration. Course work includes medical terminology, medical care organization, administration/supervision, statistics, principles of health law and computerized health information systems. Individuals who already have a college degree with prerequisite courses may earn a post-graduate certificate in health information administration. Graduates from either a degree or certificate program are eligible for the National Registered Health Information Administrator examination, offered by the American Health Information Management Association, to become a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). Upon successful completion of the examination, the graduate may use the professional credential of RHIA, which is transferable to any geographic location without retesting.

Schools/Organizations

Herzing University
Bachelor Degree Bachelor's    On-line program available On-line program available
Regis University
Bachelor Degree Bachelor's    On-line program available On-line program available

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