Get the inside track for a career as a Health Information Management Director

March 12, 2015

CNN Monday and PayScale recently published their list of the 100 Best Jobs in America. They ranked occupations based on factors like pay and growth potential. 

Number 27 on the top 100 list list is Health Information Management Director. The role lies between the business and technical side of health care and scored high rankings for quality of life ratings like benefit to society, stress level and personal satisfaction of the work.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in Heath Information Management (HIM), here’s three things you need to know about one of the best jobs in America:

  1. HIM is a fast growing and in-demand field The Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics says the employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to keep growing faster than the average of all occupations through 2020.

    The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a global, non-profit organization recently released an opinion to Congress on the importance of making health IT systems work together: “Positively transforming our nation’s healthcare system requires, among other things, widespread, secure, interoperable exchange of health information.”

    Graduates who are prepared to enter the HIM field have opportunity for personal growth coupled with solving big-picture technology and health challenges that are affecting society. It’s a career path that gives you the chance to make a difference in your own life, and the lives of others around you.

  2. Multiple paths to success – Whether you’re looking to break into, or move up in, the HIM field, there’s several degree options to help you prepare. Regis University’s B.S. in Health Information Management is a 
    100 percent online program that will give you a solid foundation to start in the field. If you already have a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field, a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management (HIM) helps solidify your experience with applicable credentials in the shortest amount of time. Or, if you’re already working in health care and looking to expand your systems and information management knowledge, Regis offers a Master of Science in Health Care Informatics and Information Management

  3. Proper credentials are encouraged – Earning a certification as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) is a way to improve your salary as well as advancement and future success in the field. Graduates from Regis’ HIM program are eligible to sit for the national exam.

    “Our final Capstone class offers students the ability to take a mock (RHIA) exam twice – once at the beginning of class, then after reviewing the HIM Domains and doing a major project that pulls together all of the HIM body of knowledge the students take it a final time. Their scores always improve,” said Sheila Carlon, chair of the Health Information Management Department of Regis’ Colleg of Computer & Information Sciences.
Want more information? Learn more about Regis’ HIM program and take the next steps to apply.