Careers in Allied Health
The medical record is the most important document utilized in a health care environment. It is the comprehensive treatment and billing history of each patient treated by the health care facility. The health information technician is responsible for organizing comprehensively and accurately the medical record of each patient. They ensure that all the necessary forms are present, properly identified, signed and filed. Health information technicians are able to translate complex data into understandable, interesting and simplified information for the general public. They take the medical records produced by the health care provider and translate them into a code that identifies each diagnoses and procedure utilized in treating the patient. They use special computer programs to determine insurance reimbursements, and tabulate and analyze data. They also produce reports utilized to improve patient care, control cost and to be used with survey and research studies. Health information technicians work under the supervision of the health information administrator.
Source: Health Careers Center