Health Information Management Workers

Occupation:Health Information Management Workers
Category:Business, Finance, and Administration

About the job

Nature of work:

Health information management technicians and related workers collect, code, record, review and manage health information. They are employed by hospitals, clinics, workplace health and safety boards, health record consulting firms and other health care establishments. Health information management technicians and related workers who are supervisors are included in this group.

Job duties:
Health information management technicians and related workers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Classify and code diseases according to an established classification system.
  • Collect, code, cross-reference and store health records and related information.
  • Abstract, assemble and analyze clinical data and related demographic information from health records according to established policies and procedures.
  • Operate information systems to maintain indexes for classification systems and to manage and retrieve health records information.
  • Prepare medical, social and administrative statistics.
  • May supervise other health information management technicians and related workers.
Sample job titles:
  • health information management coder
  • health information management practitioner
  • health information management professional
  • health information management technician
  • health records classifier
  • health records management supervisor
  • medical records technician
  • medical records unit supervisor

Health information management technicians require strong self-motivation and the ability to multitask and manage multiple priorities and demands. You must display a strong level of attention to detail and be able to maintain a high degree of accuracy and speed under pressure as mistakes could have a negative effect on patient health planning or health care funding. You should enjoy taking a methodical approach to compiling and classifying information, participating in data quality initiatives, operating information retrieval systems, and responding to requests for information.

Job requirements:
  • Health information management technicians and related workers require completion of a recognized two year college diploma program in health record technology or health information management.
  • Health information management technicians and related workers are eligible to write the Canadian Health Information Management Association national certification examination which may be required by employers.
Other considerations:

Health information management technicians generally work a standard work week. Where health record departments are open longer hours, they may be required to work shifts. A significant part of a typical day is spent working at a computer. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience. Progression to management positions is possible with additional training and experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Health Information Management Workers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 81% of Health Information Management Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $50,225. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Health Information Management Workers120xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $50,053
Maximum:  N/A
Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration63,775Moderate growth6,600Low
Minimum: $13.00
Median: $21.03
Maximum: $35.90
Minimum: $6,754
Median: $36,515
Maximum: $70,271
Health Information Management WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
Percent employed full-time93%81%
Percent self-employed0%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentHealth Information Management WorkersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton15%x13%$32,974
Annapolis ValleyN/Ax13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeHealth Information Management WorkersCompared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
Median Age5448
GenderHealth Information Management WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
EducationHealth Information Management WorkersCompared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolxx4.7%$23,775
High schoolx$41,57923.7%$30,074
Trades certificatexx5.8%$32,871
College certificate or diploma55.6%$35,89734.4%$33,837
University certificate or diplomaxx3.0%$35,053
Bachelor's degree22.2%$21,36422.9%$39,473
University advanced certificate or diploma7.4%x1.7%$40,672
Master's degreexx3.6%$23,407
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%$41,688
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canadian Health Information Management Association
99 Enterprise Drive South, Lower Level
London, ON N6N 1B9
Tel: (877) 332-4462
Fax: (519) 438-7001

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Health information/medical records administration/administrator
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to plan, design, and manage systems, processes, and facilities used to collect, store, secure, retrieve, analyse, and transmit medical records and other health information used by clinical professionals and health care organizations. These programs include courses in the principles and basic content of the biomedical and clinical sciences; information technology and applications; data and database management; clinical research methodologies; health information resources and systems; office management; legal requirements; and professional standards.
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Centre for Distance Education
222 George Street, Suite C
Sydney, NS B1P 1J3
(866) 446-5898
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
Program Name:Medical informatics
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the application of computer science and software engineering to medical research and clinical information technology support, and the development of advanced imaging, database, and decision systems. These programs include courses in computer science, health information systems architecture, medical knowledge structures, medical language and image processing, quantitative medical decision modelling, imaging techniques, electronic medical records, medical research systems, clinical decision support, and informatics aspects of specific research and practice problems.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
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