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Administrator, Health Information
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ActivitiesHealth information managers are responsible for the maintenance and security of all patient records. Recent regulations enacted by the Federal Government require that all healthcare providers maintain electronic patient records and that these records be secure. As a result, health information managers must keep up with current computer and software technology, as well as with legislative requirements. In addition, as patient data become more frequently used for quality management and in medical research, health information managers must ensure that databases are complete, accurate, and available only to authorized personnel.

Health Information Managers and Administrators interact with all levels of an organization—clinical, financial, administrative—that utilize patient data in decision-making and everyday operations.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$80,200 per year in 2008

Work Context & ConditionsOpportunities are found in numerous settings such as acute care general hospitals, and managed care organizations, consulting firms, government agencies, private industry, and health care IT/ computing companies. Many medical and health services managers work long hours.

Minimum Education RequirementsMaster's Degree

SkillsPersuasion, Social Perceptiveness, Learning Strategies, Monitoring, Management of Personnel Resources, Critical Thinking, Instructing, Active Listening, Writing, Service Orientation, Time Management, Active Learning, Complex Problem Solving, Judgment and Decision Making, Coordination, Reading Comprehension, Speaking

AbilitiesOral Expression, Speech Recognition, Deductive Reasoning, Problem Sensitivity, Written Comprehension, Information Ordering, Inductive Reasoning, Written Expression, Oral Comprehension