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Health Informatics professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that physicians,
nurses and other health care providers rely on to deliver quality health care. As the experts in patient health data
management, they work in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, government agencies
and private industry. As emerging technologies work towards a fully electronic future, HI professionals are needed to fill
the growing work force. They will be called on to improve efficiency in health care facilities by optimizing efficiency in
billing and improving electronic data integrity through quality management. With estimated projections in employment
expected to grow faster than average, this is a rapidly expanding profession in an exciting area of health care.


    •   Maintain patient medical records
    •   Work with paper files as well as computers
    •   Must be highly organized and pay attention to detail
    •   Work for hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, or nursing homes

Future Outlook:

    In Oregon, the number of jobs for health information technicians is expected to grow faster than the average for all
    occupations through the year 2018. Good job opportunities are expected in this occupation. Much of the demand
    for health information technicians is due to rapid growth in the health care industry. The number of medical tests,
    treatments, and procedures that are performed each year is increasing rapidly. The demand for technicians will also
    rise because medical records will be examined by third-party payers, courts, and consumers.

Oregon average entry level wage:          $12.17

To work as a Health Informatics professional, you must:

    •   a high school diploma or GED;
    •   secretarial training or experience;
    •   good keyboarding and computer skills;
    •   good communication and organizational skills.

Required Training & Education:

    Less than high school diploma                   4%
    High school diploma or equivalent              34%
    Some college, no degree                        32%
    Associate degree                               16%
    Bachelor's degree                              12%
    Master's degree                                 1%
    Doctoral (Ph.D.) or professional degree         1%

Major employers:

    •   Hospitals and clinics
    •   Doctors' offices
    •   Nursing homes
    •   Outpatient care centers
Post Secondary Options

 Mt Hood Community College

   Associate of Applied Science Degree (2 years)
       Medical Office Specialist
       Medical Office Specialist: Accounting
       Medical Office Specialist: Management
       Medical Office Specialist: Unit Secretary

   One-Year Certificates
      Medical Billing / Claims Analyst
      Medical Coding
      Medical Receptionist

   Career Pathway Certificate – 6 months
       Medical Customer Service Representative

 Portland Community College

   Associate of Applied Science Degree (2 years)
       Health Information Management

 Portland State University

   Dual Degree, B.S. Computer Science degree and a Master of Biomedical Informatics (5 years)

 Oregon Institute of Technology – Portland Campus

   Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Health Informatics (4 years)

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