The health information management supervisor is generally a position that is sought after by healthcare organizations, such as hospitals or skilled nursing facilities. Many organizations are looking for an employee that has an associate's degree in health information management or a similar field, although a bachelor's degree may be preferable in most cases. At least 2 years of experience working in health information management is generally required, and some employers may also be looking for employees that have experience in supervision. The ideal employee will also be a Registered Health Information Technician and will be able to keep renewing this certification as needed. Being a Certified Coding Specialist may also be useful. The health information management supervisor will mostly be working indoors in a healthcare-related environment and will need to be very well-versed with computers. Many organizations are looking for proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of products, although some may require knowledge of other software such as 3M.
The health information management supervisor will oversee a staff of employees that are working to maintain good working practice and confidentiality of the health information of patients. They will need to analyze and manage information, such as labs and exam results, and be able to assure that this information is accessible to the appropriate staff. The supervisor may oversee the staff for a group of physician but may also watch over an entire facility, such as a hospital. Supervisors should be ready and willing to adapt to changes in the field, such as technology updates and payment methods.
Health Information Management (HIM) Supervisor Tasks
Maintain departmental day-to-day record completion, storage and retrieval.
Assist in hiring, training and reviewing performance of medical records staff.
Supervise the release of information to persons and agencies according to regulations.
Supervise day-to-day activities, establish work schedules and assignments for medical records staff.