Health information technicians are in high demand
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment of health information technicians is predicted to increase by 20 percent over the next seven years.
These professionals may already have an associate's degree, but need a bachelor's or master's degree in order to become health information managers. Through their coursework, they can familiarize themselves with medical terminology, coding systems, database security and data analysis, the BLS reports.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, many technical and community colleges are receiving funding from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to train more of these specialists. As hospitals are currently transitioning to certified electronic health record (EHR) technology, they need health IT professionals to help smooth out the move.
For instance, Atlanta Technical College recently received a $1.3 million grant to deliver online education throughout the state of Georgia, according to the news source. Prospective workflow and information technology redesign specialists can deepen and broaden their skill sets through the web-based learning modules.
The BLS adds that medical records and health information technicians who were working in May of 2008 earned an average income of $30,610 per year.
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