Medical records bachelor's degree programs, generally known as degrees in health information management or administration, prepare students to manage electronic medical record systems. A few programs are combined with health informatics.
Four-year bachelor's degree programs in health information management usually include courses in statistics, math, physiology, and computer applications. Students learn about classification systems, healthcare evaluation, and management of health and clinical data. Most programs require that students gain experience through clinical practice at a medical facility. In order to enroll, students need to have a high school education with coursework in statistics, math, anatomy, and physiology. Many schools offer these degrees online or on evenings and/or weekends.
Graduates of these programs must ensure compliance with state and federal laws and improve the quality of entered data. They may also analyze clinical data to evaluate appropriateness and efficiency of services provided, make mandatory reports, manage diseases, and support clinical trials. They may perform some duties of a health information technician, such as entering health data into paper or electronic records, analyzing data to control costs and improve care, or handling coding to aid reimbursement.
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