Health information management is a critical part of patient care. HIM professionals work to ensure electronic health records (EHRs) are up-to-date, so healthcare professionals make decisions based on accurate data. Sound like something you’d love to do? Keep reading to learn more about your potential responsibilities.
Once you arrive at your office, coffee in hand, you may begin your day by looking over your tasks. If you work in a hospital or doctor’s office, you may have messages from doctors or nurses to return regarding patient record updates or additions.
Part of your day might be spent updating patient records based on new procedures completed or diagnoses reached. You might also work on auditing other patient records to ensure accuracy.
Throughout your day, other responsibilities may arise. For example, you may need to help a doctor access a patient record he or she can’t locate. Or, you may need to assist a referral doctor with obtaining patient records.
You might think that health information managers only work in healthcare facilities. And while you’ll find HIM professionals in hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices, you’ll also find them in health insurance offices, EHR software companies and healthcare research facilities. You have plenty of opportunities to choose the setting you enjoy most.
There are plenty of other HIM career paths you can choose besides health information management. Some of these opportunities include:
- HIM Quality Analyst
- Coding Specialist
- HIM Coordinator
- Record Retention Specialist
- Clinical Documentation Specialist
Not sure what HIM career path is right for you? Cambridge can help. During your program, you’ll get to know the unique responsibilities of many careers, so you can choose with confidence.
To start your journey towards becoming an HIM professional, you’ll need to attend a college program. Cambridge offers both an Associate’s degree program and a Bachelor’s degree program for our students to choose from.
Once you obtain your degree, you’ll be eligible for Registered Health Information Technology (RHIT) certification through AHIMA.
Cambridge offers our Health Information Management programs to any aspiring student ready to enter the field. If HIM sounds like a great career path for you, we can help. To learn more about our programs or to apply today, call us at 877-206-4279 or send us a message.