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Working As A Recording Technician

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

  • Repetitive

  • $49,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Recording Technician 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 A Recording Technician

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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Recording Technician Career Paths

Recording Technician
Records Specialist Specialist Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Records Specialist Specialist Consultant
Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Records Specialist Specialist Account Executive
Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Teacher Consultant
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Executive Assistant Office Manager
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Executive Assistant Assistant Manager
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Legal Assistant Legal Secretary Office Manager
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Legal Assistant Executive Assistant Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Legal Assistant Administrator Consultant
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Systems Administrator Administrator
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Technical Support Specialist Administrator
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Records Clerk Billing Specialist Accountant
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Records Clerk Analyst Compliance Analyst
Compliance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Records Clerk Office Administrator Human Resources Generalist
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Records Technician Medical Coder Health Information Manager
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Medical Records Technician Medical Coder Business Office Manager
Director Of Admissions And Marketing
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Records Technician Medical Coder
Medical Records Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Records Analyst Records Supervisor
Records Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Record Management Specialist Records Analyst
Records Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Recording Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

62.2%

Male

26.3%

Unknown

11.5%
Ethnicity

White

58.3%

Hispanic or Latino

19.2%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.6%

Portuguese

3.9%

Russian

3.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

French

2.9%

German

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

Polish

2.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Greek

1.0%

Armenian

1.0%

Latvian

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%

Wolof

1.0%
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Recording Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.0%

Kaplan University

8.0%

New Mexico State University

6.7%

Prince George's Community College

5.1%

University of Houston

5.1%

Houston Community College

4.5%

Tallahassee Community College

4.5%

Ashford University

4.1%

Florida State University

4.1%

Strayer University

4.1%

University of New Mexico

4.1%

Miami Dade College

3.5%

Jackson State University

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.2%

Bellevue University

3.2%

Capella University

3.2%

University of Maryland - University College

2.9%

Metropolitan State University of Denver

2.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.9%

Hinds Community College

2.5%
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Majors

Business

24.7%

Criminal Justice

10.7%

Health Care Administration

7.2%

Psychology

5.9%

Accounting

5.5%

Computer Information Systems

4.0%

Legal Support Services

3.9%

General Studies

3.7%

Music

3.6%

Management

3.5%

Human Resources Management

3.5%

Communication

3.4%

Medical Assisting Services

3.4%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

Nursing

2.9%

Computer Science

2.6%

Sociology

2.5%

Education

2.0%

Information Technology

2.0%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.0%

Other

27.3%

Associate

17.4%

Masters

12.1%

Certificate

7.1%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.4%
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$27,000
Min 10%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
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$49,000
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$49,000
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Best Paying Company
Alston & Bird
Highest Paying City
Palo Alto, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Recording Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Recording Technician in the United States is $49,773 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $27,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $89,000.

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Top Skills for A Recording Technician

  1. Data Entry
  2. Database
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Completed large volume of detailed reports requiring heavy data entry and detailed knowledge of Colorado Revised Statutes.
  • Reviewed and evaluated a variety of applications, supporting documents and various databases to determine the eligibility of applicants.
  • Fulfilled duties of department receptionist and customer service representative, developing skills to work with extremely agitated and upset people.
  • Assembled and analyzed medical records for completeness of documentation; coded diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement
  • Directed other members of police department in application of Minnesota Data Privacy Act.

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