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Health Information Technicians
(SOC Code : 29-2071)
in California

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 heath care system. Process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards.

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Associate degree .

Occupational Wages[Top]
Wages for this occupation in California are not available.

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeTotal Job Openings
California 2018 - 202815,60017,6002,00012.812,570

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
General Medical and Surgical Hos1,47736.0%
Offices of Physicians 59,06722.0%
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled4,4139.0%
Outpatient Care Centers 10,3427.3%
Home Health Care Services 5,8863.1%
Business Support Services 4,8962.5%
Office Administrative Services 5,5732.2%
Medical and Diagnostic Laborator3,1051.6%
Management, Scientific, and Tech34,6771.5%
Continuing Care Retirement Commu4,2531.3%
Employment Services5,1101.3%
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse1,7381.2%

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Program Title
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
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.
Assign the patient to diagnosis-related groups (DRGs), using appropriate computer software.
Process patient admission or discharge documents.
Transcribe medical reports.
Enter data, such as demographic characteristics, history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures, or treatment into computer.
Resolve or clarify codes or diagnoses with conflicting, missing, or unclear information by consulting with doctors or others or by participating in the coding team`s regular meetings.
Identify, compile, abstract, and code patient data, using standard classification systems.
Release information to persons or agencies according to regulations.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Time Management - Managing one`s own time and the time of others.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

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Alternate Titles
Clinical Data Specialists; Health Information Analysts; Health Information Management Specialists; Health Information Management Technicians; Health Information Specialists; Health Information Systems Technicians; Medical Record Technicians; Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT)
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