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Medical Office and Health Information Technician

 

Delta College’s Medical Office and Health Information Technician classes are designed to prepare students for a broad spectrum of entry level employment in the Medical Office and related occupations. A student completing this program can perform many tasks including medical/dental insurance coding & billing, medical/dental transcription, reception duties, medical filing & records, medical secretarial duties, and medical bookkeeping. Graduates will be prepared to gain national certification through testing in Medical Office Administration, Medical Transcription, and Medical Billing and Coding. Our Medical Office and Health Information Technician school offers high quality training along with hands-on experience.

Approximate Completion Time: Day – 7.5 months

Nature of Medical Office and Health Information Technician Work:

Medical records and health information technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronics 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 treatment histories.

Duties: All Technicians document patients’ health information, including the medical history, symptoms, examination and test results, treatments, and other information about healthcare provider services. Medical records and health information technicians’ duties vary with the size of the facility in which they work. Billing and coding classes play a major role in our medical office and health information technician classes in Covington because they play such a large role in medical offices throughout the city, state, & country.

Medical records and health information technicians typically do the following:

  • Review patient records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of health 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 date for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting
  • Protect patients’ health information for confidentiality authorized access for treatment, and data security

Although medical records and health information technicians do not provide direct patient care, they work regularly with physicians 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 use of electronic health records (EHRs) will continue to change the job responsibilities of medical records and 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.

Job Outlook for Medical Office and Health Information Technicians:

Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

*Information taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2013-2014

Earnings:

The median annual wage of medical records and health information technicians was $33,310 in May 2011. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,680, and the top 10 percent earned more than $55,170.

*Information taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2013-2014

Delta College in Covington Advantages:

  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Externship
  • Quality Instructors
  • Affordable Tuition
  • 7 1/2 Month Classes
  • Certifications available through National Healthcare Association
  • Licensed by the LA Board of Regents
  • Accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education
  • Financial Aid available to those who qualify
  • TOPS Tech Eligible

Medical Office and Health Information Technician Classes – Delta College in Covington, LA

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Major Occupations For Which Graduates Will Be Qualified:

 

Medical Office and Health Information Technician School Costs:

Registration Fee:
$ 100.
Tuition through Graduation: $ 13,400.
Books and Supplies: included*
Total Cost: $13,500.
 
*All required textbooks, workbooks, software, lab supplies, two sets of uniforms, etc. needed to complete the program are included with tuition. Incidentals such as notebooks, pens, pencils, etc. are not included and must be provided by the student. For more information of tuition policies and additional charges see the college catalog.