Health information technicians manage health related information by maintaining its accuracy and security in paper and electronic forms. They may also code information for insurance companies, making sure that they receive proper payments for the services that were performed.
Health information technicians typically need a postsecondary certificate to enter the occupation, although some may need an associate’s degree. Certification is often required.
Employment of medical records and health information technicians is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. An aging population will require more medical services, and health information technicians will be needed to organize and manage the older generations’ health information data. This will mean more claims for reimbursement from insurance companies.
Medical records and health information technicians typically work in offices and may spend many hours in front of computer monitors. Some technicians may work from home.