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Consider a Degree in Health Information Management – Know Why

When you are out of your high school, you may find it difficult to choose a major. I would say selecting a subject area that is interesting, as well as lucrative is not an easy job today. But, this can be easy for you after reading this post. Ask yourself whether you are willing to work in a hospital setting. If your answer is ‘yes’ and if you don’t want to become a doctor or a nurse, there is an exciting healthcare career waiting for you. ‘Health Information Management’ is such an exciting healthcare career option if you are good at organizing information. Know more about this healthcare career here…

What are the roles and responsibilities of a Health Information Manager?

More often, the duties and responsibilities of a health information manager are confused with that of the health information technology which requires working with software and programming. As a health information manager, you will be responsible for carrying out the following tasks:

  • Overseeing and supervising all the work activities that are taking place in the medical record information department

  • Managing the hiring, training, and development of staff of the medical information department

  • Supervising the disclosure of medical information to the patients and agencies by sticking onto the regulations

  • Assisting in budget planning and financial reporting

  • Monitoring all the functions of departments in order to make sure that the activities are taking place in compliance with state and federal standards and regulations


What are the skills required to become a Health Information Manager?

In order to become a health information manager, you must be good in communication as you will act as a medium between different people, departments, and information. Therefore, you need to be skillful in providing information through the following methods:

  • E-mail

  • Face-to-face

  • Presentation

  • Phone call


In addition to the communication skills, you must have a good knowledge in ‘International Classification of Diseases’ and their terminologies. Also, you must be proficient in Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet applications. Finally, you must have a great attention to detail.

In order to obtain all these skills, you must enroll yourself in a ‘health information management’ degree through which you will gain all the insights of this career. Thus, a degree in health information management will prepare you to enter into this exciting field.

Typically, the coursework in health information management will include the following subject areas:

  • Medical terminology

  • Anatomy

  • Physiology

  • Health data requirements, as well as standards

  • Classification and coding systems

  • Healthcare reimbursement methods

  • Healthcare statistics

  • Computer systems


You can obtain the certificate as a ‘Registered Health Information Administrator’ from the ‘American Health Information Management Association’ after completing an accredited degree or certificate program. It is the ‘Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education’ which accredits the health information management program.

Pay:

According to the Payscale.com, the average salary for the health information managers in the U.S is found to be $51,354 (as of January 2016) per year.