Health Informatics FAQs

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Question:

What is the importance of a CAHIIM accredited program?


Answer:

In order to be eligible to take any of the AHIMA professional HIM certification exams, including the RHIT, you must be a graduate of a CAHIIM-accredited program. In addition, graduating from a CAHIIM-accredited program assures your employer that you have the professional skills and knowledge from a curriculum that is relevant to the current electronic health record (EHR) environment.


Health Unit Coordinator

Question:

How can I learn more about the Health Unit Coordinator profession?


Answer:

Please visit the NAHUC website, for more information: http://www.nahuc.org

 

Question:

What is the average salary for a Health Unit Coordinator?


Answer:

Payscale.com lists health unit coordinator salaries as reaching an impressive $40,500 per year, with $22,350 being the low end of the pay scale for those entering these positions. Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for these professionals will rise by 36 percent over the next decade.

http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Health_Unit_Coordinator/Hourly_Rate

 

Question:

Is there a practicum/clinical?

Answer:

Yes, during the last 4 weeks of the program, there is a 160-hour onsite practicum located at a healthcare organization. 

 

Healthcare Documentation Specialist

Question:

How can I learn more about the Healthcare Documentation profession?


Answer:

Please visit the AHDI website, for more information: http://www.ahdionline.org/

 

Question:

What is the average salary for an HDS professional?

Answer:

The average wage for a Medical Transcriptionist is $15.19 per hour. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are neurology and Pathology. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Medical_Transcriptionist/Hourly_Rate

 

Question:

Where does a Healthcare Documentation Specialist work?


Answer:

According to the AHDI website, “Medical transcriptionists work in hospitals, clinics, physician offices, transcription services, insurance companies, home healthcare agencies, and other locations where dictation for the purpose of healthcare documentation requires transcription. Many MTs work from their homes as independent contractors, subcontractors, or home-based employees.”

 

Medical/Insurance Coding

Question:

How can I learn more about the Coding profession?


Answer:

Please visit the AHIMA website, for more information: http://www.ahima.org/careers

 

Question:

What is the average salary for a Coding professional?


Answer:

The average rate for a Medical Coder is $16.68 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years experience. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are coding, surgical coding, medicine / surgery, and collections.

http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Medical_Coder/Hourly_Rate

 

Question:

Where does a Coder work?

Answer:

The professional Coder can work across all healthcare settings. These coding positions may be located within the healthcare facility or from a remote location.

 

Health Information Technology

Question:

How can I learn more about the coding profession?


Answer:

Please visit the AHIMA website, for more information: http://www.ahima.org/careers

 

Question:

What is the average salary for a Health Information Technician?

Answer:

The average wage for a Medical Records / Health Information Technician is $14.18 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after around 20 years in this field.

http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Medical_Records_%2F_Health_Information_Technician/Hourly_Rate  

http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Certification=Registered_Health_Information_Technician_(RHIT)/Salary

 

Question:

Where does a Health Information Technician work?

Answer:

The Health Information Technician can work across all healthcare settings in a variety of healthcare organizations.

 

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Sarah Cottington, Program Director, Health Informatics
Sarah.Cottington@indianhills.edu
(641)683-5163 or (800)726-2585 x5163