How Can I Become a Health Information Manager or Coordinator?

Explore the career requirements for health information manager or coordinator. Get the facts about job duties, education requirements, certifications, and job outlook to determine if this is the right career for you. Schools offering Electronic Medical Records degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is a Health Information Manager/Coordinator?

A health information manager or coordinator is responsible for maintaining patient medical information and related statistics in databases and electronic health records. Using sophisticated software, they make sure that data is accurate and accessible to providers, and they organize it into systems where it can be categorized and analyzed. Health information managers can work in many types of health facilities, including hospitals, physician's offices and nursing homes.

Take a look at the table below for information about entering this career field.

Degree Required Bachelor's degree; some positions require a master's degree
Education Field of Study Health Information Management or closely related field
Licensure/Certification Certification preferred by employers
Job Growth (2014-2024) 17%* (for all medical and health services managers)
Median Salary (2016) $51,383**

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **PayScale.com

What Will I Do as a Health Information Manager?

Health information managers oversee the maintenance, analysis and security of health records. Information is used to maintain patient records, evaluate healthcare delivery and manage resources. You're responsible for compliance with regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). You may also develop and maintain databases for reference and make policy and practice recommendations regarding records and information management.

What Education and Credentials Will I Need?

For entry-level jobs, a health information management associate's degree may be sufficient. This degree can prepare you to work as a health information technician via coursework on information storage and retrieval, coding and information analysis.

However, to become a health information manager, you need a bachelor's degree. Programs in health information management include courses in legal and ethical issues in healthcare delivery, managerial principles, information technology and biomedical sciences.

Graduate programs - such as a master's degree in healthcare systems management or Health Informatics - can prepare you for a more senior position. You develop your managerial and leadership skills while improving your abilities with the systems used to collect health care data. The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) establishes standards and provides accreditation for programs in Health Informatics and Information Management (www.cahiim.org).

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) may also certify you as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) after you complete an accredited academic program and pass a written examination (www.ahima.org). Other professional credentials offered by AHIMA include:

  • Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA)
  • Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS)
  • Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP)

Where Can I Work?

Physician's offices, home health agencies, hospitals and other care facilities employ health information managers. Insurance companies and managed care organizations are other potential employers. Opportunities also exist with state and federal government agencies or with consulting companies.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

A related option is a job as a database administrator. Instead of organizing and maintaining only medical information, these information technology professionals manage critical data for a wide range of organizations. You would need to get a bachelor's degree for this job. If you would rather stay within the field of medical and health service management, you could consider working as an assistant administrator or a clinical manager, where you would be responsible for supervising the daily operations of a department in a healthcare facility. This job also usually requires a bachelor's degree.

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