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  • 1.  Job Opportunities

    Posted 09-24-2019 11:23
    Hello everyone,
    I am a HIM student and I want to know what kind of jobs you can find in this field and what they look like day to day. I find this stuff really interesting and I think to have a job in this area would be really neat. Can you please tell me about your jobs?
    Thank you!

    Allyson Bacon ~HIM Student~

  • 2.  RE: Job Opportunities

    Posted 09-25-2019 09:44
    Hi Allyson! The nice thing about HIM is it is such a huge field with a lot of variety. The challenge is sometimes just knowing where to look.

    I started out in a traditional HIM department for a large health system. We had most of the standard functions in HIM: Hospital and Physician Coding, Cancer Registry, Clinical Documentation Improvement, Chart Completion, Transcription, Document Management, and Release of Information. Our department also worked closely with the Health IT Services department, and had numerous analysts that performed tasks for both HIM and HITS. Depending on the size of the facility, sometimes HIM departments can be very small as well, and one or two people take care of all the above functions. To get into all the specifics of each function would be very lengthy, but one day to day requirement for any HIM tech or coder is the knowledge of what components are needed in a complete medical record. With that knowledge, they handle their required tasks according to legal requirements and company policies.

    Outside of the traditional HIM department, the field is vast. Currently I work as an EHR training consultant, which requires working knowledge of the EHR, its capabilities, and where the staff needs to document their tasks. I also provide support during EHR go-lives, answering questions once the system has gone live and guiding individuals on new workflows. I have been doing this for a year, but I still learn something new about my specific EHR's functionalities every day. I work with people who've been doing this for years or even decades, and even *they* are still constantly learning. My specific role requires a lot of travel, but not all consultant roles do. It's a great job for meeting new people and helping them become successful users of the EHR.

    I hope this helps!

    Angelique Jefferson, RHIA
    Epic Training Specialist

  • 3.  RE: Job Opportunities

    Posted 10-24-2019 11:20
    Thank you so much Angelique this information helps a lot and I will be doing some research about all these!
    Allyson Bacon ~HIM Student~

    Allyson Bacon