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4 Skills Health Information Technician Students Should Have

August 22, 2013 General 0 Comments

Health Information Technician SkillsDo you have what it takes to enter the Health Information Technology field?

You must be able to navigate the healthcare industry – understand its lingo, its coding and how to work with physicians and other healthcare professionals. The task might seem daunting, but we believe that with the right education you can develop the necessary skillset.

Here, we’ve outlined four important skills every Health Information technology student should know. At Brown, we can help you master these skills now so you can accurately apply them to the field once you’ve completed the degree program. There are other, more technical skills you might need – but this is a good place to start. Read to learn more below.

1. Analytical Skills

Health information technicians must be able to understand and follow medical records and diagnoses. Only then can they decide how to best code them for the patient’s medical records.

These codes determine how the information is filed and billed.  Technicians must be informed and analytical to find the best way to benefit the patient. As a student, you can start applying these skills to your coursework by analyzing the case studies you read and trying to decide how you would code them, if you were in that situation.

2. Detail-Oriented

Technicians must pay attention to detail to keep accurate records. This is especially true as the coding system for patient information can be complex and confusing. We recommend that you start studying – and, if possible, memorizing – the coding system now.

3. Interpersonal Skills

It is important for health information technicians to be able to discuss patient information, discrepancies and data requirements with other professionals – including physicians, finance personnel and insurance providers.

You must be able to communicate clearly and efficiently with these individuals. Use your analytical skills to under patient charts and codes – and your interpersonal skills to share that information with the right people.

4. Technical Skills

As healthcare facilities and hospitals continue to transition from paper chart systems to computerized charts, health information technicians must be able to work with the latest coding and classification software programs.

Though you cannot know what systems you might work with after you complete your degree program, you can start using programs at Brown. You can also become more generally familiar with computer technology by working on computers more often. If you are a non-traditional student returning to school, this might seem difficult. Start practicing today and you can transition easily into new opportunities working on computers.

For more insight into the skillset you’ll need to develop to become a health information technician, contact us at Brown College today.


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