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HIT Career Information

Interested in a career in health information?

Learn about our associate in health information technology. Looking for something quicker? Get your foot in the door with our Medical Coding Certificate. Explore all your career possibilities with AHIMA's Health Information Careers Map.

"Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures. This will mean more claims for reimbursement from insurance companies. Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) by all types of healthcare providers, could lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.

Cancer registrars are expected to continue to be in high demand. As the population ages, there will likely be more types of special purpose registries because many illnesses are detected and treated later in life." Bureau of Labor Statistics

"We are constantly hiring. Health Information Technology is such a strong field in this economic climate. There are tremendous paths for growth and the field will continue to grow. You can work for small teaching hospitals, large city hospitals, private vendors - the possibilities are endless. We will not hire anyone who is not credentialed; good technicians are in demand. This is a great space to be in."
- Charlie Saponaro, President & CEO, MRA Health Information Services

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Registered Health Information Technicians:

  • Ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems.
  • Use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or controlling costs.
  • Often specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research.
  • Can work as cancer registrars - compiling and maintaining data on cancer patients.

Although most RHITs work in hospitals, they are also found in other health care settings including office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. In fact, RHITs may be employed in any organization that uses patient data or health information, such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, and health product vendors. – HICareers.com

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical records and health information technicians are projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations. Learn more about this career at American Health Information Management Association.