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Electronic Health Registrar & Patient Registrar
Electronic Health Registrar & Patient Registrar

This career requires confidentiality, accuracy, flexibility and adaptability. You will also earn a nationally recognized healthcare credential through the NHA. The course outline includes duties of a patient registrar, data entry and keyboarding, medical terminology, stress managment, communications and interpersonal skills. Please note that employability typically requires a successful background check, negative drug screen, fingerprinting, and the ability to type 40 WPM with a 97% accuracy rate.

Prerequisites for this course include:

  • CPR/AED Certification
  • Keyboarding skills at 35 WPM with 95% accuracy
  • Short Term Training Preparation Course

*Typing Test available at M-TECSM at Lake Michigan College, call (269) 926-6832 to schedule your appointment.

Register for this CourseRegistration Deadline: Monday, February 3, 2013
Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 11 - March 25, 2014
Time: 6 - 10 pm
Place: M-TECSM at Lake Michigan College
Cost: $1095
Instructor: Deb Williamsen
CRN: 60748

Job Responsibilities

Medical records and health information technicians typically do the following:

  • Review patient records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of health data
  • Organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries
  • Track patient outcomes for quality assessment
  • Use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis
  • Electronically record data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting
  • Protect patients’ health information for confidentiality, authorized access for treatment, and data security

Medical records and health information technicians can specialize in many aspects of health information. Most work as medical coders, sometimes called coding specialists, or as cancer registrars.

Career Outlook and Job Prospects

Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures. This will also mean more claims for reimbursement from private and public insurance. Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records by all types of healthcare providers, should lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.

Cancer registrars are expected to continue to be in high demand. As the population ages, there will likely be more types of special purpose registries because many more types of illnesses are detected and treated later in life.

Prospects will be best for those with a certification in health information. As EHR systems continue to become more common, technicians with computer skills will be needed to use them.

The median annual wage of medical records and health information technicians was $32,350 in May 2010. Most medical records and health information technicians work full time. Some work evenings or weekends to cover shifts in medical facilities that remain open 24 hours a day.

Information can be found online at the United States Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics

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