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

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High School Courses

High school students should study health, biology, communication and computers. Formal training is required, usually through a 2-year program at a community or vocational/technical college where students earn their associate degree. Upon completion of training in one of these two accredited programs, students can earn the designation Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) by passing a national exam provided by the AHIMA. Many employers choose to hire technicians with the accreditation RHIT. 

Education and Training

Professional Organizations

American Health Information Management Association
233 N. Michigan Ave., 21st Floor
Chicago, IL, 60601-5809
312/233-1100 or 800/335-5535
www.ahima.org

American Medical Informatics Association
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500
Bethesda , MD, 20814
301/657-1291
www.amia.org

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
233 N. Michigan Ave.
21St Floor
Chicago, IL, 60601-5800
312/233-1100
cahiim.org/

Health Care Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL, 60603-5616
312/664-4467
www.himss.org

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

Salary information is located at Career One Stop

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