Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars

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

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

Occupation-Specific Information

Tasks

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

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Technology Skills

  • Accounting software — Billing software; NDCMedisoft; QMSoftware Receivables Management; Siemens Soarian Financials
  • Analytical or scientific software — IBM SPSS Statistics Hot technology ; Minitab; SAS Hot technology ; StataCorp Stata
  • Business intelligence and data analysis software — IBM Cognos Impromptu; MicroStrategy Hot technology ; Qlik Tech QlikView Hot technology ; Tableau Hot technology
  • Calendar and scheduling software — MD Synergy Medical Appointment Scheduling; Scheduling software; Siemens Soarian Scheduling
  • Categorization or classification software — 3M Encoder; American Medical Association CodeManager; Computerized indexing systems; DRG grouping software
  • Data base management system software — Teradata Database Hot technology
  • Data base reporting software — Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services SSRS Hot technology ; SAP Crystal Reports; SoftMed ChartRelease
  • Data base user interface and query software — Encoded archival system EAD; Microsoft Access Hot technology ; Microsoft SQL Server Hot technology ; Structured query language SQL Hot technology ; 4 more
  • Desktop communications software — Eko
  • Development environment software — Microsoft Visual Basic Hot technology ; Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition VBScript
  • Document management software — Hyland Software OnBase; IDX Systems Patient Chart Tracking; SoftMed ChartLocater; SoftMed ChartReserve; 2 more
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Exchange; Microsoft Outlook Hot technology
  • Enterprise application integration software — IBM InfoSphere DataStage
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Microsoft Dynamics Hot technology ; SAP Business Objects
  • Expert system software — Information Resource Products Clinical Coding Expert
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Graphics software
  • Information retrieval or search software — Coding database software
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software
  • Medical software — eClinicalWorks EHR software Hot technology ; Epic Systems Hot technology ; MEDITECH software; Welford Chart Notes; 36 more
  • Metadata management software — CA Erwin Data Modeler
  • Network security and virtual private network VPN equipment software — Virtual private networking VPN software
  • Object or component oriented development software — R Hot technology
  • Office suite software — Corel WordPerfect Office Suite; Microsoft Office software In-Demand Hot technology
  • Operating system software — Microsoft Windows Hot technology
  • Optical character reader OCR or scanning software — Scantron imaging software
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology
  • Process mapping and design software — Microsoft Visio Hot technology
  • Project management software — Microsoft Project Hot technology
  • Spreadsheet software — IBM Lotus 1-2-3; Microsoft Excel In-Demand Hot technology
  • Transaction security and virus protection software — Encoder software
  • Voice recognition software — Cyber Records MediChart Express; ScanSoft Naturally Speaking; Speech recognition software; Voice dictation software
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology
Hot technology
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Occupational Requirements

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Experience Requirements

Job Zone

Title
Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education
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Related Experience
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Job Training
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Job Zone Examples
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SVP Range
1-2 years of preparation (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Training & Credentials

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Workforce Characteristics

Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2021)
$26.71 hourly, $55,560 annual
State wages
Local wages
Employment (2021)
39,900 employees
Projected growth (2021-2031)
Much faster than average (11% or higher)
Projected job openings (2021-2031)
3,400
State trends
Top industries (2021)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021 wage data external site and 2021-2031 employment projections external site. “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2021-2031). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

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