Career Paths for HealthInformaticiansYolanda PritchardHIMA 5060Spring 2013
Executive Summary• The purpose of this presentation is to provide moreexposure to the health informatics profession andthe various career paths available. We will alsodiscuss what I think to be a major issue with theprofession, obtaining employment for the newgraduate.
Background• What is health informatics?– Combination of information science, computer scienceand health care– 1stused in the 1950s with dental data• What is a health information technician?– Individual who performs tasks related to themanagement of health care data– Collect, organize and analyze data used in thehealthcare profession– Growing profession
Experience Needed• No more medical records clerks• More clinically related positions including:– Clinical Analyst– Clinical Documentation Specialist– Release of Information Specialist– Coding Auditor– Manager/Director of Clinical Informatics– Coding Educator– Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist– Nurse Informatics
Skills Needed• Computer Knowledge– Networking Experience– Database Experience• Business Knowledge– Understanding of basic business operations• Medical Knowledge– Understanding of Clinical practice– Knowledge of medical coding system
Education• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in medicalinformatics desired• General degree in information systems withadditional training in medical coding and knowledgeof medical databases required• Combination of experience with some form ofadvanced certification (i.e. Registered HealthInformation Technician certification)
Problem: Job Availability for NewGrads• Individuals obtain the required education and havethe experience, but are unable to obtain positions• Reasons:– Companies tend to hire from within– Not enough positions• Solution:– Encourage companies to hire new prospects– Wait and hope for continued growth in the profession
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