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Health Information Specialist


Compile, process, and maintain medical information of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. Process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Maintains patient medical information and retrieves medical information for scheduled appointments; files study patient charts; files all patient data upon receipt of information; initiates records for new patients and creates computer index; prepares file labels; maintains filing statistics; audits filing sequence.
  • Responds to requests for medical information; processes letters and reports; answers and directs telephone calls in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Retrieves patient schedules from computer system; distributes lab reports to physicians, and materials to other departments; requests information from various departments; responds to correspondence requests.
  • Reviews patient medical information for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations.
  • Keeps supervisor informed of problems or issues; monitors supplies needed; performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

Certification as Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT); or a high school diploma and three years of appropriate experience. Appropriate college course work or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.

Licensure and Certification

Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) preferred.



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