Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars

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$58,250 Median Wage (2022)
3,100 Projected job openings (2022-2032)
16.50% Projected growth (2022-2032)

Apply knowledge of healthcare and information systems to assist in the design, development, and continued modification and analysis of computerized healthcare systems. Abstract, collect, and analyze treatment and followup information of patients. May educate staff and assist in problem solving to promote the implementation of the healthcare information system. May design, develop, test, and implement databases with complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status to help monitor diseases.

Experience Requirements Overview

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
  • Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
  • Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
  • Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Classify materials according to standard systems.
  • Gather medical information from patient histories.
  • Code data or other information.
  • Create databases to store electronic data.
  • Prepare healthcare training materials.
  • Test computer hardware performance.
  • Test software performance.
  • Recommend changes to improve computer or information systems.
  • Market products, services, or events.
  • Promote educational institutions or programs.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Supervise medical support personnel.
  • Manage healthcare operations.
  • Monitor external affairs or events affecting business operations.
  • Evaluate applicable laws and regulations to determine impact on organizational activities.
  • Maintain medical facility records.
  • Present medical research reports.
  • Maintain security.
  • Communicate with management or other staff to resolve problems.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
  • Train caregivers or other non-medical personnel.
  • Develop procedures for data management.


  • Assign the patient to diagnosis-related groups (DRGs), using appropriate computer software.
  • Compile medical care and census data for statistical reports on diseases treated, surgery performed, or use of hospital beds.
  • Design databases to support healthcare applications, ensuring security, performance and reliability.
  • Develop in-service educational materials.
  • Evaluate and recommend upgrades or improvements to existing computerized healthcare systems.
  • Facilitate and promote activities, such as lunches, seminars, or tours, to foster healthcare information privacy or security awareness within the organization.
  • Identify, compile, abstract, and code patient data, using standard classification systems.
  • Manage the department or supervise clerical workers, directing or controlling activities of personnel in the medical records department.
  • Monitor changes in legislation and accreditation standards that affect information security or privacy in the computerized healthcare system.
  • Plan, develop, maintain, or operate a variety of health record indexes or storage and retrieval systems to collect, classify, store, or analyze information.
  • Prepare statistical reports, narrative reports, or graphic presentations of information, such as tumor registry data for use by hospital staff, researchers, or other users.
  • Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
  • Resolve or clarify codes or diagnoses with conflicting, missing, or unclear information by consulting with doctors or others or by participating in the coding team's regular meetings.
  • Retrieve patient medical records for physicians, technicians, or other medical personnel.
  • Train medical records staff.
  • Write or maintain archived procedures, procedural codes, or queries for applications.

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