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Health Occupations
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Medical Records Technician

To be a successful Medical Records Technician you should…

  • have ability for problem solving and analysis
  • have ability to work at one station for extended periods of time
  • work well under pressure and are able to observe dead lines
  • have the ability to communicate in writing and verbally
  • pay close attention to detail

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What will my job be like?

Medical record technician (also known as health information technicians) review, organize, and evaluate patients’ records for completeness and accuracy. They may use patient related information to help monitor health care costs, patterns of illness, and medical research.


Where could I work?

Health information technicians usually work a 40-hour week. Some overtime may be required. In hospitals where health information departments are open 18-24 hours a day, 7 days a week, they may work day, evening, and night shifts.

Other workplace settings:
  • Clinics
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Long-Term Care Centers
  • Medical Group Practices
  • Mental Health Facilities
  • Nursing Homes
  • Public Health Departments
  • State and Federal Health Agencies

What is the average annual salary?

$48,300


What is the future of this career?

Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.


What type of education and/or training do I need?

Health information technicians entering the field usually have an associate degree from a community or junior college. Hospitals sometimes advance promising health information clerks to jobs as health information technicians, although this practice may be less common in the future. Advancement usually requires 2-4 years of job experience and completion of a hospital’s in-house training program.


Where can I get the education and/or training?

  • Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield
  • Capital Community College, Hartford
  • Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic
  • Middlesex Community College, Middletown
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Winsted
  • Norwalk Community College, Norwalk
  • Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson
  • Tunxis Community College, Farmington

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure not required in the state of Connecticut.


Where can I get more information?

American Health Information Management Association
233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL   60601-5809
312-233-1100
www.ahima.org


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