Electronic Health Records Technician

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The Electronic Health Records Technician Program provides students vital knowledge in Medical Terminology, Medical Billing and Coding, and furthermost, prepares students to choose, implement, train and maintain electronic health record systems. Graduates of this program will also be eligible to sit for the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) Certification.

In a radical effort to improve the management and accuracy of health records and patient data, the medical industry is transitioning from paper records to electronic records. This initiative is mandated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

That’s why early government research projects that approximately 212,000 jobs could be created from this movement.

What do they do?

Medical Records Technicians compile health information data, such as medical history, examination results, symptoms, treatment methods and diagnosis. They organize the information and verify its accuracy prior to entering the data into the computer.

They use Billing and Coding classification systems to code and categorize patient information for reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories. Technicians then report the information for purposes of reimbursement, risk management, quality assessment and research. They also communicate regularly with doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to verify current or obtain additional information.

Possible Careers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), opportunities in the Health Information Management sector are excellent. Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent through 2020 – faster than the average for all occupations.

Possible career paths as a:

  • Medical Records Technician
  • Health Information Technologist
  • Medical Office Manager
  • File Clerk
  • Medical Records Coordinator
  • Medical Records Analyst
  • Medical Records Director
  • Receptionist
  • Coder

* This program is offered as an AAS Degree or Diploma