You love technology. You want a career in a newer, growing field. You are interested in healthcare. But how do you tap into a career that offers you all of these things?
With a health information management (HIM) degree, you’ll be able to tap into all three. If technology is your biggest forte, this career may be the perfect fit; it allows you the ability to learn and implement the latest cutting edge technology into an everyday portion of your job. U.S. News & World Report has even recognized a career in HIM as a new and in demand “field of the future.” As healthcare services continue to evolve with changing and expanding regulations, a person in the forefront of this field will work to manage those changes, as well as continue to keep patients’ privacy and computerized records at the helm of their job.
Still not convinced? Read on.
What Does an HIM Professional Do?
Typical Daily Duties:
- Discover ways to improve efficiency and excellence in delivering healthcare services
- Keep up-to-date on new laws and regulations
- Supervise assistant administrators in larger facilities
- Ensure patients’ data is complete, accurate and secure
- Supervise finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
- Create work schedules
- Represent the facility at meetings or on governing boards
- Keep and manage records of the facility’s services
- Work closely with members of the medical staff and department heads
Where One’s Love for Technology Come In:
- Someone interested in a career in health information management must have a strong understanding of coding and software. Companies often times hire third-party companies to train, as well as oversee the software for their coding and electronic medical records (EMR) systems. In addition, an HIM professional must understand and help a healthcare facility with the transition from one coding system (I-9) to the newest coding system (I-10), according to Julie Witt, Rasmussen College manager of employee recruitment.
- Someone tech-savvy is perfect for the position because they can challenge their knowledge of technology by learning the latest information technology applications and how those advances will help the field prosper. They must be able to understand the process so well that they can provide services everywhere from large hospital systems to private physician’s clinics.
Why an HIM Career May Be Good for You
1. Work in a steady career with ample growth and opportunity.
The job opportunities with a bachelor’s degree in HIM seem endless. From 2010 to 2020, the projected job growth for this field is estimated at 22 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Some options for a career in HIM include:
- Health Information Manager – responsible for maintaining and providing security to all patient records
- Clinical Manager – oversees a specific department of a clinic or hospital)
- Nursing Home Administrator – manage all aspects of a nursing home, including staff, caring for residents, admissions, finances, etc.
- Insurance Underwriter– decide whether or not insurance should be provided to an individual
- Human Resources Manager – plan, direct, and manage the administrative functions of an organization
2. Provides flexible scheduling with a stable, successful income.
The median salary for a HIM professional was $84,270 in 2010, according to the BLS. Of course, the salary someone earns in this field is often due to the facility one works at and their level of responsibility. HIM professionals are employed at any healthcare facility that maintains patient records, including:
- Veterinarian Clinic
- Physician’s Clinic
- Software Vendors/Companies
- Government Agencies
There are many paths all leading to a successful career with many growth opportunities in HIM. If you are the type of person who enjoys healthcare, not working directly with patients, likes coding and maintaining a high level of privacy on confidential files, as well as helping facilities stay ahead of technology, this is the perfect career for you.
Still unsure? Check out our “Healthcare Job Outlook” eBook for other career options.