The Future of HIM Careers !
By: Karin Weiler, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, RN
Adjunct Faculty, HIT/HIM Program, Northwestern College
Good news for Health Information Technology Students – especially graduates! According to The US Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of medical records and health information specialists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations”.
Medical records and health information specialists held about 341,600 jobs in 2019. The largest employers of medical records and health information specialists were as follows:
Hospitals; state, local, and private 37%
Offices of physicians 15%
Administrative and support services 5%
Professional, scientific, and technical services 5%
Medical records and health information specialists typically work at a computer. Cancer Registrars and disease registries are projected to experience growth and be in higher demand due to an increase in the older population. (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Bureau of Labor Statistics HIT Link: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm#tab-6
Health Information Management Careers:
Revenue Cycle: Healthcare providers need qualified HIT professional to perform the functions associated with the provider’s revenue cycle. These careers include: Inpatient coders, outpatient coders, revenue cycle analysts.
Healthcare Compliance: Health Information professionals are well versed in HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) Privacy and Security. Compliance programs are required of healthcare providers.
Risk Management: Managing potential risk is important in a healthcare facility. HIM professionals are educated and trained in risk management.
Quality Improvement: The focus in healthcare is for patient’s to be able to receive quality healthcare.
Cancer Registry: HIM professionals are involved in the collection and management of patients diagnosed with malignant neoplastic diseases (cancer).
Release of Information: Responsible for the release of protected patient information (PHI) in accordance with HIPAA.