Health information management (HIM) is a booming field in the healthcare industry. HIM professionals spend their days managing, updating and revising electronic health records (EHRs) to ensure patient care teams have access to accurate patient data. There are many unique career paths to choose from in this wide-open field.
To start your career in HIM, you’ll want to first attend an accredited Health Information Management degree program. Most HIM professionals have a Bachelor’s degree, which will take approximately four years to complete.
After completing your program, you’ll then be able to choose a career path. There are many different career opportunities available, including:
- HIM Quality Analyst: In this career, you’ll be responsible for analyzing patient records to ensure accuracy and compliance with regulatory standards.
- Coding Specialist: Coding specialists use ICD-10 and HCPCS coding to enter procedures and diagnoses into patient records.
- HIM Coordinator: As a coordinator, you would oversee and manage the health information department of your organization.
- Record Retention Specialist: Record retention specialists complete a wide range of responsibilities, including ensuring record-keeping processes are followed and auditing EHR procedures to ensure records are stored securely.
- Clinical Documentation Specialist: A clinical documentation specialist is responsible for organizing a patient’s health information. This may include entering histories into patient records and ensuring medical codes have been inputted correctly.
Not sure which career path is right for you? At Cambridge, we’ll help you assess your skills and interests, so you can find the right position to fit.
As mentioned earlier, you’ll need to obtain a Bachelor’s degree to become an HIM professional. Yet, what can you expect from your program? At Cambridge, our HIM program is designed to give you the knowledge and hands-on training you need for career success.
Some of the courses you’ll take include:
- CPT and HCPCS Coding
- Healthcare Finance
- Healthcare Records Data Management
- Introduction to Health Information Management
- Anatomy and Physiology
After you complete your program, you’ll have the knowledge necessary to take and pass the AHIMA certification exam to become a licensed HIM professional.
Health information management is a rewarding field full of opportunities. Whether you want to code, audit records or simply maintain patient records, there’s a job for you in HIM. To learn more about our Health Information Management program, give us a call at 877-206-4279 or send us a message.