Trauma registrars work in hospitals and are responsible for collecting and verifying the data of admitted trauma patients, as well as coding and entering this data into a database. Strong computer skills, along with typing and medical coding skills, are essential for this position, and report-making skills are also necessary to organize and present data to management and other departments.
Trauma registrars must pay close attention to detail and double-check data to ensure that it is entered correctly. They may retrieve data for the organization to contribute to the improvement of both service and research; this must be done in accordance with company policies and local and federal data laws. They must also provide data to the billing office in order to obtain reimbursement.
An associate’s or bachelor’s degree in health information management or a related field may be required for this position, and some employers require their registrars to be certified specialists in trauma registries, while others only require data entry experience. Because many trauma-admitted patients have been involved in serious accidents, those in this position must be professional, but also courteous and understanding of the feelings of patients and their families. Much of the work of this job is done in front of a computer, but some duties involve visiting patients in different parts of the hospital, so the ability to walk and stand for long periods of time is also important.
Trauma Registrar Tasks
Attain follow-up data by reviewing medical records, physician notes and interviewing patients.
Compile, organize and report medical case data.
Prepare data reports for review by management staff.
Perform case audits and reviews to ensure accuracy of data.
Abstract and code clinical data.