By Kristin Dunsmore, RHIA, CCS
When I say “health information technology,” a lot of people give me a blank stare. But when I ask the same group of people how many of them have a medical record, everyone’s hands go up. And that’s one reason why the health information technology program at Macomb is worth knowing more about.
This is not a career managing a file cabinet. The switch to electronic record-keeping in health care has greatly increased how much medical data exists, and that requires people who can interpret that information to make it meaningful. People who work in health information safeguard this medical data while making sure it gets delivered to the right places. It’s a great fit for people who are analytical, inquisitive, and have an attention to detail.
Here are some other benefits:
-It’s not patient-facing, which means it’s a perfect career for people who like the medical field but don’t like the “hands-on” aspect.
-Because of all this new data, it’s consistently recognized as one of the fastest-growing health careers. If you want a job, you’ll find one.
-Most people in this field work from home. In fact, most employers WANT you to work from home to free up space. So if you like the freedom and flexibility that come with a home office, this is a great option.
-Macomb’s program is conveniently offered 100% online.
This profession has been very good to me, and now I’m happy to train a new generation, including my daughter, who’s followed me into it. Please e-mail me to find out more about how this program might be right for you too.