41K Health Information Management Jobs To Be Added by 2022

There will be an additional 41,100 health information management jobs in the U.S. by 2022, a 22% increase over 2012, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Health Data Management reports (Goedert, Health Data Management, 4/25).

The report notes that HIM workers typically:

  • Assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis;
  • Electronically record patient data;
  • Organize and maintain information for clinical databases and registries;
  • Protect patients' health information;
  • Review patient records; and
  • Track patient outcomes (USBLS report, 4/25).

According to Health Data Management, of all HIM professionals in 2012:

  • 37% worked in general medical and surgical hospitals;
  • 22% worked in physician offices;
  • 9% worked in nursing and residential care facilities; and
  • 5% held government jobs (Health Data Management, 4/25).

Details of Increase

The report estimated that the number of available HIM positions will increase from about 186,300 in 2012 to about 227,500 in 2022. For example, in that time:

  • Health technologist and technician jobs are expected to increase by 24%; and
  • Medical record and health information technician jobs are expected to increase by 22%.

According to the report, the high rate of growth is "much faster than average" (USBLS report, 4/25).

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Source: iHealthBeat, Monday, April 28, 2014
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