Medical Records Technician

Catalog and maintain medical records.

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Salary Range
$21,000 – $53,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Medical Records Technicians do?

As a Medical Records Technician, also known as a Health Information Technician, you ensure that medical records are put together properly and accurately. This means you have knowledge of both the software used for medical records, and the legislation written on safe medical records handling. You’re also in a good position as a Medical Records Technician to suggest improvements to the health records system, as you use it the most.

On a daily basis as a Medical Records Technician, you collect, organize, maintain, and analyze patient records. These records consist of their medical history, descriptions of symptoms, test results, diagnoses, treatment plans, prescriptions, and other relevant health information. You make sure they’re complete, and if something is missing, you confer with Physicians to gather all the necessary information. You also input the data, and make sure the information stays in the right hands.

If you work in a clinic that specializes in a particular ailment, you’ll notice that after awhile, you become more knowledgeable about the statistics of that specialty than most people. So another aspect of your job involves providing statistics and information for use in research projects and reports.

Should I be a Medical Records Technician?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Clinical Office Technician, Health Information Technician, Health Records Technician See More

    How to Become a
    Medical Records Technician

    Most Medical Records Technicians have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9siaaa&chl=no+college+%2870%25%29|certificate+%2821%25%29|associate%27s+%2810%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,70,70
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