Health information directors are responsible for directing and supervising the correct handling and use of health information for their companies. These directors are in charge of facilitating and safeguarding crucial health information of patients in their department, so strong organizational and multitasking skills are very important. They also write specific and detailed reports based on interactions with patients and their families and keep health information in a secure location to which only specific personnel have access. They must always follow strict local, state, and federal regulations regarding confidentiality and the use and implementation of this information. They also direct strategies to develop information objectives and implement policies which measure standards of performance in handling health information in different settings.
Health information directors monitor regulatory standards to ensure the utmost privacy for patients regarding their health information. These directors must be proficient with database operation and reviewing security on a regular basis, as well as directing maintenance and storage activities to measure performance. They may also manage and coordinate personnel in providing excellent service when providing and utilizing medical records. Other duties include reviewing and approving requests to mail, distributing sensible information to government agencies, responding to inquiries following specific procedures, and referring issues to executives as required.
Health information directors generally work in office and medical settings, using a personal computer to keep accurate records for future reference. A bachelor's degree in health information management, medical administration, or a related field is generally required for this position, and prior work experience in a health directing or supervising capacity is highly beneficial. Industry, leadership, and privacy certifications are also helpful.
Health Information Director Tasks
Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
Plan and direct the health information management service areas, ensuring compliance with professional, state and federal regulatory requirements.
Develop and implement organizational policies and procedures for patient data services.
Monitor, assess and ensure effective use the use of department resources.
Develop and maintain computerized record management system processes.