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Keeping track of a patient's medical information is an important aspect of providing optimal healthcare, especially for patients with considerable or complicated medical issues. Competent management of healthcare information is also important for insurance companies and other organizations that seek to reduce medical costs. Obtaining certification as a registered health information technician shows potential employers that you have advanced knowledge of medical information technology systems. Though some employers seek applicants with RHIT credentials as a minimum requirement for consideration, you don't have to be certified to find employment in this field.
Stewards of Medical Information
RHIT professionals ensure that healthcare records are accurate, complete and correctly entered into computer systems. In a hospital setting, health information technicians utilize programs that help organize and analyze medical data with the intent of reducing costs and providing superior patient care. RHIT workers also provide data services that focus on assisting research efforts and reimbursement of healthcare or research costs. In addition to hospitals, RHIT professionals work in public health agencies, pharmaceutical companies and other outfits in which medical information is vital to the success of the organization.
Requirements for RHIT Certification
Eligibility for RHIT certification starts with obtaining a minimum of an associate's degree in a health information management program. The HIT degree must be approved by either the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education or an association that qualifies under a reciprocity agreement. Candidates then take a three-and-a-half hour exam with 150 questions, in which they must achieve a score of 300 out of 400.
- American Health Information Management Association: Registered Health Information Technician: Overview
- American Health Information Management Association: Exam Scoring
- American Health Information Management Association: Registered Health Information Technician: Exam Prep
- American Health Information Management Association: Registered Health Information Technician Job Analysis Study
Kent Tukeli has been writing for business and media organizations since 2007, including Valnet Inc., Top Affiliate Publishing and Mirvish Productions. He honed his skills at the University of Toronto, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.