In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Electronically sorting and maintaining data on patients’ health, while keeping it both accessible and secure.
- Taking note of patient outcomes for quality assurance.
- Using classification software and assigning appropriate clinical codes to allow medical data to be sorted and searched for insurance reimbursement and statistical analysis.
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Typically requires a non-degree certificate or an associate degree. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree would allow you to work as a Health Information Technologist or Medical Registrar, if you do not already have the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor’s degree. Your associate degree might give you advanced standing or transfer credit towards a bachelor’s degree, reducing the time it would take you to graduate.
Certification may be required, depending on job responsibilities and location. Many states and facilities require cancer registrars to obtain a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) credential. A more general option for professional certification is the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential.
No licensure is required to work as a Medical Records and Health Information Technician.