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Working As An Information Coordinator

  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $37,110

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Coordinator Do

Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data by ensuring that it maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper files and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.

Duties

Health information technicians typically do the following:

  • Review patients’ records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of 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
  • Maintain confidentiality of patients’ records

Health information technicians document patients’ health information, including their medical history, symptoms, examination and test results, treatments, and other information about healthcare services that are provided to patients. Their duties vary by employer and by the size of the facility in which they work.

Although health information technicians do not provide direct patient care, they work regularly with registered nurses and other healthcare professionals. They meet with these workers to clarify diagnoses or to get additional information to make sure that records are complete and accurate.

The increasing adaptation and use of electronic health records (EHRs) will continue to change the job responsibilities of health information technicians. Technicians will need to be familiar with, or be able to learn, EHR computer software, follow EHR security and privacy practices, and analyze electronic data to improve healthcare information, as more healthcare providers and hospitals adopt EHR systems.

Health information technicians can specialize in many aspects of health information. Some work as medical coders, sometimes called coding specialists, or as cancer registrars.

Medical coders typically do the following:

  • Review patient information for preexisting conditions, such as diabetes
  • Assign appropriate diagnoses and procedure codes for patient care, population health statistics, and billing purposes
  • Work as a liaison between the health clinician and billing offices

Cancer registrars typically do the following:

  • Review patients’ records and pathology reports to verify completeness and accuracy
  • Assign classification codes to represent the diagnosis and treatment of cancers and benign tumors
  • Conduct annual followups to track treatment, survival, and recovery
  • Compile and analyze cancer patient information for research purposes
  • Maintain facility, regional, and national databases of cancer patients

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How To Become An Information Coordinator

Health information technicians typically need a postsecondary certificate to enter the occupation, although some may need an associate’s degree. Certification is often required.

Education

Postsecondary certificate and associate’s degree programs in health information technology typically include courses in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, health data requirements and standards, classification and coding systems, healthcare reimbursement methods, healthcare statistics, and computer systems. Applicants to health information technology programs may increase their chances of admission by taking high school courses in health, computer science, math, and biology.

A high school diploma or equivalent and previous experience in a healthcare setting are enough to qualify for some positions, but most jobs for health information technicians require postsecondary education.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Health information technicians must be able to understand and follow medical records and diagnoses, and then decide how best to code them in a patient’s medical records.

Detail oriented. Health information technicians must be accurate when recording and coding patient information.

Integrity. Health information technicians work with patient data that are required, by law, to be kept confidential. They must exercise caution and a strong sense of ethics when working with this information in order to protect patient confidentiality.

Interpersonal skills. Health information technicians need to be able to discuss patient information, discrepancies, and data requirements with other professionals such as physicians and finance personnel.

Technical skills. Health information technicians must be able to use coding and classification software and the electronic health record (EHR) system that their healthcare organization or physician practice has adopted.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most employers prefer to hire health information technicians who have certification, or they may expect applicants to earn certification shortly after being hired. A health information technician can earn certification from several organizations. Certifications include the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR), among others.

Some organizations base certification on passing an exam. Others require graduation from an accredited program. Many coding certifications also require coding experience in a work setting. Once certified, technicians typically must renew their certification regularly and take continuing education courses.

A few states and facilities require cancer registrars to be licensed. Licensure requires the completion of a formal education program and the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) certification.

Advancement

Health information technicians may advance to other health information positions by receiving additional education and certifications. Technicians may be able to advance to a position as a medical or health services manager after completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree program and taking the required certification courses. Requirements vary by facility.

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Information Coordinator Career Paths

Information Coordinator
Business Analyst Program Manager General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Specialist Operations Manager General Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Operations Manager General Manager
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst Product Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Office Manager Licensed Practical Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Specialist Operation Supervisor
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Business Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Team Coordinator 3.0 years
Lead Coordinator 3.0 years
Coordinator 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 6.5%
Reporter 3.4%
Supervisor 2.8%
Cashier 2.8%
Secretary 2.7%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.1%
Internship 3.7%
Teacher 3.4%
Owner 3.2%

Information Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

69.5%

Male

29.0%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

80.8%

Hispanic or Latino

10.4%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.0%

French

10.0%

Japanese

5.0%

Greek

3.8%

Korean

3.8%

Portuguese

2.5%

German

2.5%

Hebrew

2.5%

Hindi

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Chinese

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Mandarin

1.3%

Tamil

1.3%

Malayalam

1.3%
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Information Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.7%

Ashford University

7.0%

University of Houston

5.7%

Arkansas State University

5.1%

Rasmussen College

5.1%

Webster University

4.5%

George Mason University

4.5%

Northern Illinois University

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

College of Saint Scholastica

3.8%

Delgado Community College

3.8%

Florida State University

3.8%

Kennesaw State University

3.8%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.8%

DePaul University

3.8%

Drexel University

3.8%

University of Toledo

3.2%

Michigan State University

3.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.2%

Temple University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

23.3%

Health Care Administration

13.4%

Computer Information Systems

9.3%

Communication

7.7%

Nursing

4.7%

Psychology

4.2%

Marketing

4.1%

Journalism

4.0%

Criminal Justice

3.2%

Liberal Arts

3.0%

Education

2.7%

English

2.7%

Accounting

2.7%

Management

2.6%

Computer Science

2.5%

Human Resources Management

2.4%

Educational Leadership

2.0%

Public Administration

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

Public Health

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.3%

Other

19.6%

Masters

19.4%

Associate

13.7%

Certificate

4.5%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.3%
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Real Information Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Project Information Management Coordinator Ineco DFI Management LLC Galveston, TX Mar 01, 2013 $250,000
Project Information Management Coordinator Ineco DFI Management LLC Galveston, TX Oct 25, 2012 $250,000
Strategic Information Coordinator Union Bank, N.A. San Francisco, CA Dec 20, 2011 $110,000 -
$120,000
Building Information Management (BIM) Coordinator Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company San Francisco, CA Mar 09, 2016 $77,400 -
$85,000
Building Information Modeling (BIM) Coordinator Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company San Francisco, CA Oct 09, 2016 $77,400 -
$85,000
Building Information Management (BIM) Coordinator Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company Los Angeles, CA Sep 09, 2016 $73,000 -
$77,000
Building Information Modeling (BIM) Coordinator Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company Los Angeles, CA Sep 09, 2016 $73,000 -
$77,000
Information Coordinator St. Louis Arc, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Sep 02, 2013 $38,085

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Top Skills for An Information Coordinator

MedicalRecordsRequestsPatientDataCustomerServiceHipaaPrivacyDataEntryWebAuditPressReleasesHealthInformationManagementSafetyPatientRecordsPublicInformationMedicalChartsPatientInformationEmergencyPatientChartsAdditionalHippaPatientCarePowerpoint

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Top Information Coordinator Skills

  1. Medical Records Requests
  2. Patient Data
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Process medical records requests, retrieve invoices and secure credit card payments
  • Entered patient data and health outcomes into secure computerized system.
  • Provided customer service to the public, in person and on the telephone.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of HIPAA Privacy and Security Regulations by appropriately handling patient information.
  • Created and maintained databases in DBase IV for data entry and report generation purposes.

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