University of Wisconsin–Madison

Health Information Technician/Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)

Health information technicians review medical charts to make sure information is complete, develop special reports, and also assign special diagnosis codes to the medical information for insurance reimbursement and data collection purposes.

Work Activities/Work Locations

Health information technicians perform data collection and analysis that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers need to do their job well. They work in health care settings such as hospitals, clinics, health maintenance organizations (HMO’s), public health agencies, home health care agencies, and nursing homes. They assist health information administrators in the review and maintenance of medical records, retrieving and compiling data from records to develop various reports, and assist in proper storage, maintenance and retrieval of medical records. They work with computers and often in file rooms. They typically work a scheduled 40-hour week.

Getting Started

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2014 (Wisconsin): 3,960
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 188,600
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 217,600
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 15%
Expected Annual Openings: 7,120
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $36,174

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