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Medical Records & Health Information Technicians

Also called: Coder, Health Information Specialist, Medical Records Analyst, Medical Records Clerk

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What they do:
Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. Process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards in a manner consistent with the healthcare industry's numerical coding system.
On the job, you would:
  • Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
  • Review records for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with regulations.
  • Retrieve patient medical records for physicians, technicians, or other medical personnel.


  • administrative services
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • group things in different ways
  • order or arrange things


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • eClinicalWorks software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
Data base user interface and query software
  • EAD Systems software
  • Microsoft Access
Document management software
  • Fox Meadows Accent Data Manager
  • Hyland Software OnBase


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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