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29-9021.00 - Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars

Apply knowledge of healthcare and information systems to assist in the design, development, and continued modification and analysis of computerized healthcare systems. Abstract, collect, and analyze treatment and followup information of patients. May educate staff and assist in problem solving to promote the implementation of the healthcare information system. May design, develop, test, and implement databases with complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status to help monitor diseases.

Sample of reported job titles: Medical Records Analyst, Medical Records Director

This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.

Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Job Zone  |  Credentials  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Assign the patient to diagnosis-related groups (DRGs), using appropriate computer software. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compile medical care and census data for statistical reports on diseases treated, surgery performed, or use of hospital beds. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design databases to support healthcare applications, ensuring security, performance and reliability. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop in-service educational materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate and recommend upgrades or improvements to existing computerized healthcare systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Facilitate and promote activities, such as lunches, seminars, or tours, to foster healthcare information privacy or security awareness within the organization. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify, compile, abstract, and code patient data, using standard classification systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Manage the department or supervise clerical workers, directing or controlling activities of personnel in the medical records department. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor changes in legislation and accreditation standards that affect information security or privacy in the computerized healthcare system. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan, develop, maintain, or operate a variety of health record indexes or storage and retrieval systems to collect, classify, store, or analyze information. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare statistical reports, narrative reports, or graphic presentations of information, such as tumor registry data for use by hospital staff, researchers, or other users. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Resolve or clarify codes or diagnoses with conflicting, missing, or unclear information by consulting with doctors or others or by participating in the coding team's regular meetings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Retrieve patient medical records for physicians, technicians, or other medical personnel. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Train medical records staff. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write or maintain archived procedures, procedural codes, or queries for applications. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Accounting software — Billing software; NDCMedisoft; QMSoftware Receivables Management; Siemens Soarian Financials See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Analytical or scientific software — IBM SPSS Statistics Hot technology ; Minitab Hot technology ; SAS Hot technology ; StataCorp Stata See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Business intelligence and data analysis software — IBM Cognos Impromptu Hot technology ; MicroStrategy Hot technology ; Qlik Tech QlikView Hot technology ; Tableau Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Calendar and scheduling software — MD Synergy Medical Appointment Scheduling; Scheduling software; Siemens Soarian Scheduling See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Categorization or classification software — 3M Encoder; American Medical Association CodeManager; Computerized indexing systems; DRG grouping software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base management system software — Teradata Database Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base reporting software — Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services Hot technology ; SAP Crystal Reports Hot technology ; SoftMed ChartRelease See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software; Microsoft Access Hot technology ; Microsoft SQL Server Hot technology ; Structured query language SQL Hot technology (see all 9 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Desktop communications software — Eko See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — Microsoft Visual Basic Hot technology ; Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition VBScript Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Document management software — Hyland Software OnBase; IDX Systems Patient Chart Tracking; SoftMed ChartLocater; SoftMed ChartReserve (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Exchange Hot technology ; Microsoft Outlook Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise application integration software — IBM InfoSphere DataStage See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot technology — Microsoft Dynamics Hot technology ; SAP Business Objects See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Expert system software — Information Resource Products Clinical Coding Expert See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Graphics software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Information retrieval or search software — Coding database software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — Epic Systems Hot technology ; Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS Hot technology ; Henry Schein Dentrix Hot technology ; Medical condition coding software Hot technology (see all 40 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Metadata management software — CA Erwin Data Modeler See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Network security and virtual private network VPN equipment software — Virtual private networking VPN software Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Object or component oriented development software — R Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Corel WordPerfect; Microsoft Office Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Operating system software — Microsoft Windows Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Optical character reader OCR or scanning software — Scantron imaging software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Process mapping and design software — Microsoft Visio Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Microsoft Project Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — IBM Lotus 1-2-3; Microsoft Excel Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Transaction security and virus protection software — Encoder software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Voice recognition software — Cyber Records MediChart Express; ScanSoft Naturally Speaking; Speech recognition software; Voice dictation software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Bar code reader equipment — Barcode scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compact disc CD or labeling printers — Label printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop calculator — 10-key calculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dictation machines — Dictaphones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Encoder decoder equipment — Encoders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Light stylus — Light pens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic stripe readers and encoders — Credit card processing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical paper charting systems — Barcode attachment equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microfiche or microfilm viewer components or accessories — Microfiche viewing machines; Microfilm viewing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Optical character recognition systems — Optical readers and writers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paper shredding machines or accessories — Paper shredders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Postal scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Premise branch exchange PBX systems — Switchboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Flat-top scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Touch screen monitors See more occupations related to this tool.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Code data or other information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Classify materials according to standard systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate with management or other staff to resolve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create databases to store electronic data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop procedures for data management. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate applicable laws and regulations to determine impact on organizational activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Gather medical information from patient histories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain medical facility records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain security. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Manage healthcare operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Market products, services, or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor external affairs or events affecting business operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare healthcare training materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Present medical research reports. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Promote educational institutions or programs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend changes to improve computer or information systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise medical support personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test computer hardware performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test software performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train caregivers or other non-medical personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience 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.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Credentials

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Health Information Technologists, Medical Registrars, Surgical Assistants, and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other.
Employment data for Health Information Technologists, Medical Registrars, Surgical Assistants, and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other.
Industry data for Health Information Technologists, Medical Registrars, Surgical Assistants, and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other.

Median wages (2020) $24.92 hourly, $51,840 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2020) 81,400 employees
Projected growth (2020-2030) Faster than average (10% to 15%) Faster than average (10% to 15%)
Projected job openings (2020-2030) 6,900
State trends
 
Top industries (2020)
Health Care and Social Assistance (64% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data external site and 2020-2030 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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