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President Bush believes that innovations in electronic medical records and the secure exchange of medical information will help transform health care in America. Healthcare information technology enables improvement in health care quality, prevention of medical errors, reduction in health care costs and better access to affordable health care. It improves patient care and safety and can even prevent deaths.

The health information field has employment opportunities in hospitals, long-term care, ambulatory care, mental health and other healthcare facilities as well as in the private industry. Every time a patient receives healthcare, a record is maintained of the observations, medical or surgical interventions, and treatment outcomes. Health information technicians organize and evaluate these records for completeness and accuracy. Professionals in this field play a key role in collecting, analyzing, maintaining and storing data generated and used by health care providers.

A degree in health information technology will enable you to develop the technical skills necessary for managing health information within the healthcare delivery system. In order to be a healthcare technician, you'll need to complete an accredited two-year health information program. Health information administrators, who have more training and responsibilities, need a bachelors’ degree in addition to a health information certificate. Certifications can highly increase your career prospects.

Within the next 10 years, electronic health records will ensure that complete health care information is available to most Americans. Rapidly advancing technology is making this an exciting and dynamic field. A degree in health information technology is your start to a career in this interesting and challenging branch.

Publish date: February 10, 2011