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Medical Records Technician

Overview: They update and manage medical records of hospital and clinic patients. Decide how to categorize illnesses, surgeries, diagnoses and treatments into classes established by physicians. Direct the information to the billing/records departments in hospitals, clinics and insurance companies.
Duties: They analyze each patient's medical records in order to classify symptoms, diagnosis and treatments into categories which are used for billing, insurance and making decisions about patient care.

They transmit the patient information to appropriate departments in a hospital or a clinic such as administration, billing, cost accounting, medical library, x-ray, diet, etc.

They use computer software to prepare statistical reports for physicians that tabulate the percent of patients with specific profiles of symptoms, treatment administered and recovery rates.

They prepare bills and reports for insurance companies. They participate in administrative research teams to advise about the clarity and ease of use of the medical coding schemes.

Degree(s): A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment of medical record technicians is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 due to the increase in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be performed. Cancer registrars should experience job growth as the incidence of cancer increases from an aging population. More medical records technicians will be needed to complete the new responsibilities associated with electronic data management.
Salary Range (National Average): $22,000 to $26,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.
Additional Training/Education: Medical record technicians entering the field usually have 4 to 6 months of training in a technical institute or an associate degree from a 2-year Community College. The American Health Information Management Association also offers similar training programs. Most employers prefer to hire accredited record technicians who have passed the necessary examinations.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
 

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.