Careers in Health Information Management
When you complete your Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management, you will have what you need to begin a potentially rewarding career. Your degree in Health Information Management (HIM) could open the door to one of these opportunities:
- Health Information Management Clerk
- HIM Technology Trainer
- Health Information Technology Professional
- Information Design Specialist
- Health Information Administrator
- HIM Supervisor
- Implementation Support Specialist
- Document Imaging Supervisor
- Clinical Data Specialist
- EHR Implementation Specialist
- Credentialing Specialist
- Research Coordinator
- Customer Service Billing Representative
- Practice Workflow and Implementation Specialist
- DRG Validator
- HIM Revenue Cycle Auditor
- Quality Improvement Analyst
- Data, Application or System Analyst
- Documentation and Coding Specialist
- Practitioner Consultant
Why Choose a Career in Health Information?
By studying health information, students will acquire a versatile yet focused skill set incorporating clinical, information technology, leadership, and management skills. Health information professionals use their knowledge of information technology and records management to form the link between clinicians, administrators, technology designers, and information technology professionals.
Dynamic Career Opportunities
You can enjoy lifelong learning and continued professional development thanks to constantly evolving regulations and technologies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), careers in the Medical Records and Health Information field are growing. Industries with an increased demand for health information professionals include academic institutions, consulting agencies, government agencies, and health care software companies. As health information technology (HIT) becomes more prevalent, health information practitioners will continue to be critical components of the electronic health record (EHR) workforce.
A career in HIM is right for you if you:
- See yourself in a career that offers diverse opportunities,
- Would like to work in health care, but not directly with patients,
- Enjoy science, but also want to deal with business, law, and technology,
- Are eager to collaborate with physicians, nurses, lawyers, administrators, and executives, and
- Are capable of working with others and on your own.
The HIM program incorporates the disciplines of medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law into one curriculum. HIM graduates can choose from an array of healthcare environments.
As a Health Information Management graduate, you might find work in any of these environments:
- Ambulatory surgery center
- Behavioral or mental health provider
- Consulting service
- A school or other educational institution
- Acute care hospital
- Integrated healthcare delivery system
- Long-term care
- Physician's private practice
- Health Information Exchange (HIE)
- Regional Extension Center (REC)
- Hospice organization
- Biopharmaceutical company
- Rehabilitation center
In a clinic, a physician's practice, or an acute care hospital, the HIM professional is responsible for managing day-to-day office operations, patient admission, insurance verification, record keeping, chart audits, and coding. The role of Health Information Management is evolving to match the quickly changing healthcare environment. Traditional positions, such as Department Director/Supervisor or technical roles, are now joined by other positions with a focus on health informatics and information management. With the widespread implementation of the electronic health record, roles are expanding in areas other than healthcare facilities. The positions include electronic health record application development and implementation, data analytics, clinical documentation improvement, and research.
Discover more information about degree programs in health care at the University of Arizona Global Campus.