How to Be a Health Information Manager

A career as a health information manager puts you in charge of important information and personnel for the medical profession. Just follow these steps to get started on a rewarding new career path in health information.

Steps

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    Consider whether you enjoy working with relevant documentation, dynamic computer software and various medical personnel and professionals to ensure accurate patient information is properly recorded and maintained.
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    Be aware that a position in health information management requires careful attention to detail and accuracy because you are responsible for important medical information.
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    Get a job in a local physician's office or volunteer at a local hospital to gain useful skills and make sure you enjoy working in a medical environment.
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    Talk to medical staff to find out what they like about working in health information management so you can get a better idea of what to expect.
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    Find out about job prospects in health administration – for example Learning Net, a venture capital firm, reports that the health care administration field shows greater than average growth through 2010.
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    Enroll in an online degree program in health information management and health administration so you can study for your bachelor of science in health care management or master degree in health care administration for the education you need to progress in this growing field.

Tips

  • A quick review online resources about health information management and health administration can give you a myriad of information about your career options in this exciting field. Once you narrow them down, you can pursue an internship or part-time position in a medical office or hospital of your choosing so you can earn money and gain experience while you pursue your degree online.

Warnings

  • Make sure the online university you attend is accredited. Many degree mills exist and your degree is worth little more than the paper it is printed on. Attending an accredited school ensures your credits are transferable to another school and that you earn a valid degree to enter the field of health information management.

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