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Career Story: Health Information Associate

Health Information Associate

Job Title: Health Information Associate

Education: AS in Health Information

Previous Experience: I have worked in the healthcare field for 15 years starting with Certified Nurse Assistant, then continuing to Licensed Vocational Nurse and then completing my degree and initiating a career in Health Information

Job Tasks: I research, retrieve and assemble physicians' orders, nursing notes and other medical records into patients' charts, and help in the storage and retrieval of medical records maintained by the clinic. I also retrieve and reconcile patient encounter forms with clinic notes, and I sometimes edit encounter information in our health information system (our computer system) as necessary, as well as sort encounter forms by service.

I also review health information and encounter forms for completeness, consistency, accuracy and compliance with HIPAA (privacy) regulations, department procedures and other standards. I also enter coded medical data into the computer system and select diagnoses and procedure codes from computer-based coding systems.

I need to have a working knowledge of several different medical coding systems to get my work done. I learn additional coding systems while on the job.

I create reports regarding patient diagnoses, treatments, and other relevant health information for management review. My job sometimes involves additional reporting tasks such as loggin, tracking, updating and reconciling productivity sheets, clinic tracers, referrals, encounter forms, patient visits and diagnosis records, and provider reports. I also make sure that cases of communicable diseases have been properly reported to the Health Department, or reports as directed by the immediate supervisor.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is the job demand. The healthcare industry is always in search of professional and experienced personnel. I have found that another interesting aspect of the job is that I am constantly required to put forth mental effort to solve situations that arise . It keeps me on my toes and keeps my mind alert constantly.

Job Tips:
1. Always try to further your education and knowledge of the field

2. Never stop learning. Learn from other people and don't be afraid to ask for help.

3. Make medicine and learning a life long commitment.

4. You must have compassion and understanding to enter and stay in the healthcare field.

5. If you enjoy helping people then you will enjoy working in healthcare.

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