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Job Description

“Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data. They ensure its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.”

“Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They might manage an entire facility or specialize in managing a specific clinical area or department, or manage a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must be able to adapt to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.”

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Job Outlook

In Illinois, the number of Health Information Technicians is expected to grow by 11.8% between 2012 and 2022, with 91 new job openings projected per year (not counting replacements). The number of Health Services Managers is expected to grow by 13%, with 151 new job openings per year. The median salary for Health Information Technicians in the Chicago metro area was $37,869 in 2014. For Health Services Managers, the median salary was $101,814.

Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security

Education Requirements

Postsecondary certificate or associate’s degree for Health Information Technicians, bachelor’s or master’s degree for Health Services Manager.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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