Every time a patient receives healthcare, a record is maintained of the observations, medical or surgical interventions, and treatment outcomes. Technicians begin to assemble patients’ health information by first making sure their initial medical charts are complete. Medical records and health information technicians assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure. This determines the amount for which the hospital will be reimbursed if the patient is covered by Medicare or other insurance programs.

Medical records and health information technicians entering the field usually have an associate’s degree, with studies in anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and computer science.

Job Prospects: Very good, particularly in doctors’ offices.

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