Career Description

Health information managers handle patient records, a very important and confidential job. They play a part in the quality of a patient’s health care by organizing the medical data. They are also skilled in health care databases and database systems, as well as medical classification systems. HIMs have great knowledge of how financial information relates to clinical data, medical legal issues and security systems.

Academic Requirements

In order to become a health information manager, a bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s degree programs are also available for those who seek further education in health information management, but it is not necessary to enter the field. Certification is available to those who have bachelor’s or master’s degrees and is offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Those who pass the certification exam earn the title of Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).

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