Careers in Health Information Management
The Health Information Management professional serves the health care industry in variety of settings, including: HMOs, payer organizations, research and policy organizations, accounting and legal firms.
An ideal candidate in health information management brings the skills and the ability to:
- Manage medical records and health information systems.
- Enhance the quality and uses of data within the health care industry.
- Summarize data into useful information.
- Comply with standards and regulations regarding health information.
- Protect the privacy and security of patient health information.
- Ensure health information is complete and available to legitimate users.
- Code health information for reimbursement and research.
What will I do on the job?
You will conduct health data collection, monitor and report activities in accordance with established data quality principles, legal and regulatory standards, and professional best practice guidelines. These functions encompass monitoring electronic and paper-based documentation, processing and using health data for billing and reporting purposes. In an “e-health” environment this individual performs these functions through the use of various electronic systems.
What skills will I use on the job?
You will manage health records and health information systems, enhance the quality and uses of data within the health care industry, summarize data into useful information, comply with standards and regulations regarding health information, protect the privacy and security of patient health information, ensure health information is complete and available to legitimate users, and code health information for reimbursement and research.
Who will hire me?
Excellent employment opportunities exist in the Northwest and throughout the U.S. from a variety of health and payer organizations, research and policy agencies, and accounting and legal firms. In the information systems environment HIM professionals develop, market, and implement software; ensure that systems comply with standards and regulation; and work to ensure the quality, privacy and security of the health information collected.
How much can I earn?
Starting annual salaries in the Portland area range from approximately $15 to $19 per hour; those who are experienced may earn $19 to $25 per hour.