Career Profile: Health Information Technology
Learn More About Your Future Health Information Technology Career
Not all critical roles in patient care require direct patient interaction. Health information technologists work to ensure high-quality patient care and security by capturing and entering patient health data into health information systems such as electronic medical records (EMRs).
At Cambridge, students receive the hands-on training they need to enter successful careers as health information technologists via our Health Information Technology program. A rewarding career in the fast-growing healthcare IT industry awaits you.
What Does a Health Information Technologist Do?
Health information technologists work behind-the-scenes to ensure patient information is accurately recorded into electronic medical records (EMRs) and other systems. This information includes procedures, symptoms, medical history, referrals and surgical history. They’re also responsible for supporting healthcare organizations and medical professionals with accessing patient information and ensuring it stays secure.
Most health information technologists work during the day with full-time hours in a professional office setting. Health IT technologists work in a wide range of facilities, including:
- Health management companies
- Outpatient care facilities
You also have the opportunity to work in many different departments inside a health organization such as information management systems, physician recruiting and managed care.
What Do I Need to Become a Health Information Technologist?
To become a health information technologist, you’ll need to obtain a high school diploma as well as an associate degree. During your studies, you’ll need to learn medical terminology as well as how to code using CPT/HCPCS and ICD-10. You’ll also need to understand health insurance and the legal aspects of patient information in healthcare.
Once you complete your degree, you’ll need to seek certification through the American Health Information Management Association. After successful RHIT certification, you’ll be ready to seek employment.
What Is the Employment Outlook for Health Information Technologists?
As technology continues to impact healthcare, health IT technologists are required to help organizations remain compliant while improving patient care. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, these positions are expected to grow by 11% between now and 2028, much faster than average.
Get Started Towards Your Health Information Career Today
If you’re ready to step into a career that allows you to be a critical part of patient care, this might be the one for you. Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology makes it simple to start your career through our Health Information Technology program. To learn more or to apply today, give us a call at 877-206-4279.
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