Health Information Manager - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Health Information Manager

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Job Description

 

Health information managers are the personnel tasked with managing, organizing, and analyzing the medical data collected by healthcare providers when they treat a patient.

This includes patient input about symptoms and medical history, plus all the information collected thereafter, such as x-rays, examination reports, lab findings, diagnosis, and plans of treatment.

Electronic healthcare information systems are very common today and managing them successfully is the health information manager's responsibility.

They need to build and maintain effective classification systems that make patient records accessible, support high quality clinical and business decisions, provide all data needed for insurance reimbursement, disclose information properly both in paper and electronic formats, and ensure the information is both impeccably accurate and secure.

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Responsibilities

 

A health information manager needs to be adaptable and proactive in understanding and implementing changes in data technology, payment, medical laws, service delivery models, regulations, and reporting as these matters continue to evolve.

Common responsibilities of health information managers include:

  • Analyzing health records for accuracy and completeness

  • Releasing patient information and protections for drug treatment, closed-adoption, alcohol treatment, sexual and behavior health issues

  • Reviewing the quality of scanned documents

  • Coding for research, reimbursement, and healthcare provider reports

  • Transcription and distribution of histories, discharge summaries, progress reports, consultations, and other medical records

  • Analyzing current medical records to ensure diagnoses are accurately documented.

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Skills

 

Communication

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Active Listening

Offering your full attention to an individual person or group in order to fully understand problems and their nature.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Stress Management

Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Perceptiveness

Gauging how people react and read their body language to decipher their feelings and predict their actions. They must be able to determine if people could be a risk to themselves or others and to distinguish truths from lies.

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Working Conditions


Health information managers typically work a standard 40-hour workweek with occasional overtime.

A medical or healthcare service manager can potentially work at various levels of an organization, from managing the medical practice of a group of doctors, to handling the records of a single department or administrative area, to serving an entire healthcare facility.

Scale of responsibilities and pay vary widely based on these factors.

Some health information managers work from home or on night shifts or evening schedules.

Their work location may be a hospital, long-term care facility, insurance company, pharmaceutical company, public health organization, group practice, or one of many other medical venues.

Demand for health information managers is mushrooming and expected to continue to outpace supply into the future.

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
11.30.2016
Columbus Regional Health is seeking an experienced leader in the field of Health Information to manage 12+ employees and report to the Director of Health Information/Privacy Officer. Responsibilities of this department Release of Information,...
04.24.2017
At Sunnyside Community Hospital & Clinics (SCH) we are passionate about our work. We have been serving patients in the Lower Yakima Valley for over 50 years. Join a team dedicated to providing comprehensive quality care to the region. JOB...
04.24.2017
Status: Full Time, Exempt Schedule: Days with an on-call and Holiday rotation and some weekends as needed. Summary: The Information Systems (IS) Manager will provide management oversight of assigned departments. She/he will support the...
04.24.2017
Plans and directs the operation of the Health Information Management Department, including the Coding and Medical Transcription areas. Maintains health information records in compliance with state laws, Joint Commission requirements, third party...
04.24.2017
St. Marys Regional Medical Center, a 244 bed hospital located in Enid, OK and founded in 1915, proudly serves the residents of Northwest Oklahoma with progressive and comprehensive healthcare services. Patients receive the care they need from a...
04.24.2017
Director, Health Information Management (1701534) Job Description Director, Health Information Management-1701534 About us: Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is a 480-bed teaching hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. Bayfront is home to more...
03.20.2017
POSITION SUMMARY: Coordinates and actively participates in the daily assigned duties of the department to ensure timely delivery and quality of information throughout Mass. Eye and Ear. The Health Information Management Specialist maintains...
04.12.2017
Position Summary and Reporting Relationship: The Program Manager of Information Services: Implementation and Vendor Relations is in charge of effectively managing a variety of IT-related projects for the organization. They lead a team of...
04.24.2017
Works with hybrid medical record and understands complexity of record types and locations of various documents. Manages requests for medical record information from patients, third party payers and others. Familiar with legal requirements and...
04.24.2017
Works under the general direction of the Health Information Management Manager. Provides staff training, orienting, coaching and support and technical support for the electronic medical record.Works as a self directed individual with Health...
04.18.2017
- HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT RELEASE COORDINATOR - HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (HEA008VS) Job Description HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT RELEASE COORDINATOR - HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT-HEA008VS Description The Release of...
04.07.2017
The Health Information Technician in Ambulatory Care performs a variety of clerical duties necessary to maintain efficient flow of patient health information and ensure the Health Information Management department operates efficiently to support...
04.01.2017
Department: ROI HIMSA Life-Changing CareerResponsibilities: HIMS Specialist IV responds to requests (multiple telephone and written) for release of protected health information. Explains Mayo policies and costs regarding those releases....
04.07.2017
Department: Health Information Management ServicesA Life-Changing CareerResponsibilities: Manages the personnel and workflow of one or more HIM units. This includes, but is not limited to: staffing, coaching, development, analysis of...
04.09.2017
Department: Health Information Management Services-ROIA Life-Changing CareerResponsibilities: The HIMS Specialist II is responsible for the following work functions: Analyzing medical records to ensure that documentation rules and standards, as...
  1. Manager - Health Information Department Columbus, IN Columbus Regional Health
    Columbus Regional Health is seeking an experienced leader in the field of Health Information to manage 12+ employees and report to the Director of Health Information/Privacy Officer. Responsibilities of this department Release of Information,...
  2. Health Information Manager Sunnyside, WA Sunnyside Community Hospital
    At Sunnyside Community Hospital & Clinics (SCH) we are passionate about our work. We have been serving patients in the Lower Yakima Valley for over 50 years. Join a team dedicated to providing comprehensive quality care to the region. JOB...
  3. Information Systems Manager Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
    Status: Full Time, Exempt Schedule: Days with an on-call and Holiday rotation and some weekends as needed. Summary: The Information Systems (IS) Manager will provide management oversight of assigned departments. She/he will support the...
  4. Director - Health Information Mgmt Dubuque, IA Mercy Medical Center Dubuque
    Plans and directs the operation of the Health Information Management Department, including the Coding and Medical Transcription areas. Maintains health information records in compliance with state laws, Joint Commission requirements, third party...
  5. Health Information Technician Enid, OK St. Mary's Regional Medical Center
    St. Marys Regional Medical Center, a 244 bed hospital located in Enid, OK and founded in 1915, proudly serves the residents of Northwest Oklahoma with progressive and comprehensive healthcare services. Patients receive the care they need from a...
  6. Director, Health Information Management St Petersburg, FL Bayfront Health St Petersburg
    Director, Health Information Management (1701534) Job Description Director, Health Information Management-1701534 About us: Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is a 480-bed teaching hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. Bayfront is home to more...
  7. Health Information Management Specialist Boston, MA Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary
    POSITION SUMMARY: Coordinates and actively participates in the daily assigned duties of the department to ensure timely delivery and quality of information throughout Mass. Eye and Ear. The Health Information Management Specialist maintains...
  8. Program Manager - Information Services: Implementation & Vendor Relations Columbus, IN Columbus Regional Health
    Position Summary and Reporting Relationship: The Program Manager of Information Services: Implementation and Vendor Relations is in charge of effectively managing a variety of IT-related projects for the organization. They lead a team of...
  9. Release of Information Technician - Health Information Management Bemidji, MN Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota - Bemidji
    Works with hybrid medical record and understands complexity of record types and locations of various documents. Manages requests for medical record information from patients, third party payers and others. Familiar with legal requirements and...
  10. Coordinator HIM (NHRMC) - Health Information Management Wilmington, NC New Hanover Regional Medical Center
    Works under the general direction of the Health Information Management Manager. Provides staff training, orienting, coaching and support and technical support for the electronic medical record.Works as a self directed individual with Health...
  11. HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT RELEASE COORDINATOR - HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Chapel Hill, NC UNC Health Care
    - HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT RELEASE COORDINATOR - HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (HEA008VS) Job Description HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT RELEASE COORDINATOR - HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT-HEA008VS Description The Release of...
  12. Health Information Technician - Ambulatory Care Indianapolis, IN Eskenazi Health
    The Health Information Technician in Ambulatory Care performs a variety of clerical duties necessary to maintain efficient flow of patient health information and ensure the Health Information Management department operates efficiently to support...
  13. Health Information Specialist IV Job Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic - Rochester
    Department: ROI HIMSA Life-Changing CareerResponsibilities: HIMS Specialist IV responds to requests (multiple telephone and written) for release of protected health information. Explains Mayo policies and costs regarding those releases....
  14. Supervisor - Health Information Management Job Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic - Rochester
    Department: Health Information Management ServicesA Life-Changing CareerResponsibilities: Manages the personnel and workflow of one or more HIM units. This includes, but is not limited to: staffing, coaching, development, analysis of...
  15. Health Information Specialist II-Release of Information Job Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic - Rochester
    Department: Health Information Management Services-ROIA Life-Changing CareerResponsibilities: The HIMS Specialist II is responsible for the following work functions: Analyzing medical records to ensure that documentation rules and standards, as...