Health Information Management is a process through which one acquires, analyzes and protects traditional and digital medical information which is important in providing patients with quality care (Johns, 143). Professionals in HIM are well-trained and equipped with the latest information as regards to managing applications of technology. The two job titles/positions that interest me are Healthcare analyst and Health Information Management clerk. This paper will be based on these two positions.
1. There are several job titles that are associated with these announcements. On Nov 24th, 2014 a job of a management clerk was posted in the center. The location for the job was: LifeCare Hospitals of North Texas- Fort Worth, 6201 Overton Ridge Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76132. This announcement effectively communicated the availability of a vacancy in the position of a clerk in the named institution. The job description involves the clerk completing and keeping medical records after the discharge of the patient, compiling the information and processing the records.
The second announcement was as regards to the position of a health care analyst in White Marsh. The fast-paced company which deals with health technology advertised this position, where the applicant was expected to analyze the relevant data available.
2. The position of the clerk in LifeCare Hospitals in North Texas is a skilled-nursing facility. This means that the applicant who is successful will be required to have adequate skills to carry out his/her task.
The second position is located n an ambulatory surgery center. Because of this, it is important that the applicant has the necessary skills to work under this setting.
3. The clerical position in LifeCare Hospital requires certain credentials. First, one is required to have relevant analytical skills to compile statistical reports in the hospital. Second, one should have proper performance skills to validate their competency in this field. Coordination credentials to complete the medical records in time and give relevant information to the related positions is also essential. Apart from this, one should be in a position to communicate fluently.
The Healthcare analyst of data, on the other hand, should have some credentials. First, he should show ability to analyze audit procedures and metrics. He should be tenacious to solve the issues presented to him. It is also important that one has a working year experience of between 3-5 years.
4. There are several professional organizations that oversee the credentials that are associated with the above-named positions. The first institution is the Registered Health Information Administrators. Officials in this institution are trained to collect, interpret and analyze patient care. Their main role is to oversee the credentials that the applicants of the above positions hold. Te second organization is the Registered Health Information Technicians (RHITs). The officials in his organization play the role of ensuring that the medical records meet the required credentials. The organization verifies the accuracy, completeness and proper entry of records (Nozoe, 134).
5. The above-discussed positions require one to have various skills. The skills depend on the position that an individual holds. The skills for the clerk, for instance, differ from the skills of the healthcare analyst. In the clerical position, one should have basic computer skills on data entry and analysis. One should also have skills on JCACHO, HIPAA, CMS and other related skills. The Healthcare analyst should also have some basic skills. For instance, one should have the skill of excellent communication. Part from this, one should be knowledgeable in SQL or experiences that are similar. Knowledge on data warehouse and skills database management is also essential (Hindle, 185).
6. There are several reasons I was interested in the above positions. As a student in a profession related to healthcare and technology, there is a need to understand the manner that the market is structured. Clerical jobs in the health industry are crucial as they ensure better computation and analysis of the records to make informed decisions. Without proper keeping of records, there is a risk of losing all valuable information of clients and other operations. Healthcare analysis is another important sector of healthcare information (Smith, 26). Individuals in this sector analyze the relevant information available to give the doctors advice on contemporary issues in the society.
7. Url for the announcement for the clerical position: http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH05/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=BESTDOCTORS&cws=1&rid=977&source=Indeed.com.
Url for the position of the Healthcare analyst: http://lifecarejobboard.com/job-detail/1831/2014-11-24?referral=indeed
8. The information given in the AHIMA website clearly states the value of hold an AHIMA specific credentials. By holding such credentials, one will be in a position to understand ethical obligations which are central to the responsibility of the profession, not taking into account the employment position one gets. The credentials will also expose one to the code of ethics used by the American Health Information Management Association. Having this knowledge is crucial as one will be in a better position to secure better jobs in the faculty. In addition to this, the website also gives more information on the careers that fall under this field.
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