Many healthcare facilities are beginning to use patient data to further their business and improve patient care. To use data, they need health information technologists to help with everything from coding and billing to securing data.
To become a health information technologist, there are a few steps to take after you finish your program.
Gain RHIT Certification to Set Yourself Apart
Your first step is to obtain Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification through the AHIMA. By achieving this certification, you show potential employers that you understand the importance of health records and aim to ensure they’re accurate, complete and secure.
This certification will solidify your skills in creating patient records, analyzing patient data, medical coding and insurance billing practices. It’s a great addition to your resumé, especially when looking for your first job in the field of health IT.
How Cambridge Can Help You Find the Perfect Health IT Job
After obtaining certification, you’re ready to find your first entry-level health IT position. Many local healthcare facilities such as hospitals and clinics are hiring technologists for their teams. Some of the positions available might include:
- Medical Records Technician
- Health Information Technician
- Certified Coding Associate
- Cancer Registrar
- Medical Coding Consultant
A simple online search or job board search is a great place to start. Yet, if you’re struggling with finding opportunities, Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology can help through our Career Services department.
Our Career Services team is always on call for our students, providing job leads through our network of medical employers. To help you land the position, we’ll give you tips on how to present yourself and your skills.
A Day in the Life of a Health Information Technologist
Once you land the perfect job, what will you do each day? While your specific job responsibilities will differ depending on where you work, you can trust that you’ll be involved in patient records. During the day, you may perform a wide range of duties:
- Ensure patient record accuracy
- Enter patient information into electronic medical records (EMRs)
- Support medical professionals with accessing patient information
- Perform medical record audits to test for security
Start Your Health Information Technology Program Today
Are you ready to start your career in health information technology? Through our program, you’re only two years away from a rewarding career. To learn more about our program or to get started today, give our team a call at 877-206-4279 or send us a message. We can’t wait to support you!