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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

  • $94,841

    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
Operations Manager Bookkeeper Accounts Receivable Specialist
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Registrar Account Representative Office Administrator
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Assistant Director Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Specialist Analyst Compliance Analyst
Compliance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Operations Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Adjunct Professor Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
11 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Program Manager Clinical Director
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Senior Account Executive Managing Supervisor
Health Information Management Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Analyst Medical Coder
Health Information Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Specialist Account Manager Billing Specialist
Medical Billing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Registrar Office Administrator Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Home Health Aid Patient Care Manager
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Business Office Manager Medical Coder
Medical Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Technician Specialist Licensed Practical Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager President Registered Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Office Manager Billing Manager
Revenue Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Information Technology Specialist Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Information Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

70.5%

Male

27.9%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.3%

French

10.0%

Japanese

5.0%

Greek

3.8%

Korean

3.8%

Italian

3.8%

Portuguese

2.5%

German

2.5%

Hebrew

2.5%

Hindi

2.5%

Mandarin

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Tamil

1.3%

Malayalam

1.3%
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Information Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.3%

Ashford University

7.0%

University of Houston

7.0%

Arkansas State University

5.1%

George Mason University

5.1%

Webster University

4.4%

Rasmussen College

4.4%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.4%

Northern Illinois University

4.4%

Northeastern University

4.4%

Texas State University

3.8%

Delgado Community College

3.8%

Florida State University

3.8%

College of Saint Scholastica

3.2%

Michigan State University

3.2%

University of Toledo

3.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.2%

Temple University

3.2%

Ohio State University

3.2%

University of Southern California

3.2%
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Majors

Business

23.9%

Health Care Administration

13.4%

Computer Information Systems

9.2%

Communication

7.9%

Nursing

4.6%

Marketing

4.3%

Psychology

4.0%

Journalism

4.0%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Management

2.8%

Education

2.6%

English

2.6%

Accounting

2.5%

Computer Science

2.4%

Human Resources Management

2.3%

Educational Leadership

2.0%

Public Health

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

Kinesiology

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.2%

Masters

20.1%

Other

19.5%

Associate

13.6%

Certificate

4.4%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

1.0%

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

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  1. Medical Records Requests
  2. Patient Data
  3. Medical Records
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  • Scanned medical records and proper and timely response to medical records requests utilizing applicable HIPPA and Confidentiality procedures and protocols.
  • Utilize computerized patient data management administrative system to review records, documents and forms for completeness and accuracy.
  • Managed the Electronic Medical Records system to convert paper-based medical records to digital format, significantly reducing shipping and storage costs.
  • Worked closely with numerous internal departments such as inventory, purchasing, sales and external customers thereby providing excellent customer service.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of HIPAA Privacy and Security Regulations by appropriately handling patient information.

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