Health information managers maintain the collection of information and regulate record-keeping, ensuring that all information is transmitted and stored in a legal and ethical manner. More often than not, information is stored by the health information managers electronically, although some still deal with paper records. The work of a health information manager also consists of developing and implementing health policy and information systems related to health policy.
Health information managers typically work in an indoor office environment. Most health information managers work in health care facilities, such as hospitals and community care clinics; however, they can also be found in federal health departments and health insurance companies. Health information managers typically work with a group of information technicians to ensure the accurate, timely, and confidential transmission of medical records when needed. Health information managers interact with administrative hospital staff and clinical staff on a daily basis.
Health information managers typically need to have obtained a bachelor's degree, preferably in information management or medical records administration. Health information managers also need to be certified as a registered health information technician (RHIT) or as a registered health information administrator (RHIA). Health information managers also need to have experience in medical billing, some of which should be in a supervisory role (including hiring and evaluation of employees).
A typical schedule for a health information manager often consists of full-time work in the office or department. As health management deals directly with healthcare and records may be needed in case of medical emergencies, health information managers may need to work weekends, evenings, or overnight.
Health Information Manager Tasks
Oversee and supervise work activities and staff of the medical records service department.
Manage the recruitment, training and development of staff.
Supervise the release of information to persons and agencies according to regulations.
Assist in fiscal operations, including planning budgets and financial reporting.
Monitor all functions of department ensuring services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.