A registered health information technician (RHIT) spends the majority of his or her day at a desk working on a computer. The RHIT frequently uses computer programs to track information about patients such as the cost of treatment and the length of a hospital stay. This information is used by the hospital's management when reviewing the budget for a department or determining whether additional staff members are needed. The job often becomes repetitive as the RHIT uses many of the same codes frequently throughout the day. However, RHITs may make themselves more valuable by specializing in certain areas of medicine. For example, some RHITs become cancer registrars or optometry coding specialists.
Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Tasks
Identify, compile and code patient data, using standard classification systems.
Research and review patient data records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations.
Enter data, such as history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures and treatment into computer.