Health Information Management Workers

(NOC 1252)

in All Business, Finance, and Administration

Health information management technicians and related workers collect, code, record, review and manage health information. They are employed by hospitals, clinics, workplace health and safety boards, health record consulting firms and other health care establishments. Health information management technicians and related workers who are supervisors are included in this group.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 6600 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Health Information Management Workers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 81% of Health Information Management Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $50,225. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$50,053

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$21.03

Median

$35.90

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,754

Minimum

$36,515

Median

$70,271

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Health information management technicians and related workers collect, code, record, review and manage health information. They are employed by hospitals, clinics, workplace health and safety boards, health record consulting firms and other health care establishments. Health information management technicians and related workers who are supervisors are included in this group.

Job duties

Health information management technicians and related workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Classify and code diseases according to an established classification system.
  • Collect, code, cross-reference and store health records and related information.
  • Abstract, assemble and analyze clinical data and related demographic information from health records according to established policies and procedures.
  • Operate information systems to maintain indexes for classification systems and to manage and retrieve health records information.
  • Prepare medical, social and administrative statistics.
  • May supervise other health information management technicians and related workers.

Sample job titles

  • health information management coder
  • health information management practitioner
  • health information management professional
  • health information management technician
  • health records classifier
  • health records management supervisor
  • medical records technician
  • medical records unit supervisor

Skills

Health information management technicians require strong self-motivation and the ability to multitask and manage multiple priorities and demands. You must display a strong level of attention to detail and be able to maintain a high degree of accuracy and speed under pressure as mistakes could have a negative effect on patient health planning or health care funding. You should enjoy taking a methodical approach to compiling and classifying information, participating in data quality initiatives, operating information retrieval systems, and responding to requests for information.

Job requirements

  • Health information management technicians and related workers require completion of a recognized two year college diploma program in health record technology or health information management.
  • Health information management technicians and related workers are eligible to write the Canadian Health Information Management Association national certification examination which may be required by employers.

Other considerations

Health information management technicians generally work a standard work week. Where health record departments are open longer hours, they may be required to work shifts. A significant part of a typical day is spent working at a computer. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience. Progression to management positions is possible with additional training and experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

120

employed in 2016

92.6%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

100.0%
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53.9

median age

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

63,775

employed in 2016

81.3%

employed full-time

6.6%

self employed

73.4%
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26.6%
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47.9

median age

Where will I likely work?

50.0%

Halifax

19.2%

Northern

15.4%

Southern

15.4%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

83.3%

Health Care and Social Assistance

8.3%

Public Administration

8.3%

Other Industries

What is the age of Employment?

38.7%

45-54

32.3%

35-44

12.9%

55-64

9.7%

65+

6.5%

25-34

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

36.5%

45-54

28.0%

55-64

18.6%

35-44

10.7%

65+

6.0%

25-34

Top levels of education

55.6%

College certificate or diploma

$35,897 median annual income
22.2%

Bachelor's degree

$21,364 median annual income
11.1%

Doctorate

N/A
7.4%

University advanced certificate or diploma

N/A

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

34.4%

College certificate or diploma

$33,837 median annual income
23.7%

High school

$30,074 median annual income
22.9%

Bachelor's degree

$39,473 median annual income
5.8%

Trades certificate

$32,871 median annual income
4.7%

Less than high school

$23,775 median annual income

Education & training

Health information/medical records administration/administrator

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to plan, design, and manage systems, processes, and facilities used to collect, store, secure, retrieve, analyse, and transmit medical records and other health information used by clinical professionals and health care organizations. These programs include courses in the principles and basic content of the biomedical and clinical sciences; information technology and applications; data and database management; clinical research methodologies; health information resources and systems; office management; legal requirements; and professional standards.

Institutions providing this program

Centre for Distance Education

222 George Street, Suite C

Sydney, NS B1P 1J3

(866) 446-5898

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Medical informatics

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the application of computer science and software engineering to medical research and clinical information technology support, and the development of advanced imaging, database, and decision systems. These programs include courses in computer science, health information systems architecture, medical knowledge structures, medical language and image processing, quantitative medical decision modelling, imaging techniques, electronic medical records, medical research systems, clinical decision support, and informatics aspects of specific research and practice problems.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Health Information Management Association
99 Enterprise Drive South, Lower Level
London, ON N6N 1B9
Tel: (877) 332-4462
Fax: (519) 438-7001

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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