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Florida Health Information Technology Schools.

What can you do with a health information technology degree in Florida? These programs combine two of today’s most in-demand fields: healthcare and information technology. A traditional IT degree, while great for working with computer systems, simply doesn’t have the requisite amount of healthcare-related knowledge necessary for many jobs in hospitals, clinics, and other facilities. These might include positions like medical records specialist, health information technician, compliance director, medical coding supervisor, or health information technology consultant. At the bachelor’s degree level - which is preferred for managerial jobs in this field - coursework includes health informatics, databases, operating systems, project management, and systems analysis and design.

Healthcare Information Technology Salaries

Shelves packed with folders, folders filled with forms. The old-school days are long gone! Now healthcare information technology specialists use computers and digital technology to increase the quality and efficiency of healthcare, and with more and more providers transferring to electronic databases, the need for technology professional is growing fast.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median yearly salary for health information technicians was just over $30,000. However, here are some of the factors that play a role in healthcare information technology salaries:

Location

The facility in which you work has a great impact on your potential earnings. Here are a few examples of average yearly salaries:

  • Physician's office: $26,000
  • Medical and Surgical hospitals: $37,000
  • Federal Government office or facility: $43,000
  • Pharmaceutical companies: $60,000

Shift work

While healthcare information technology is generally a 9-to-5 job, there is also a need for technicians in facilities which are open 24/7, meaning that by choosing your shifts wisely (often night or early morning shifts), you could be earning much more than your counterparts.

Specialties

Another factor that affects salary potential as well as marketability is the development of a specialty. Two examples include:

  • Cancer Registrar: Maintaining cancer databases, tracking rates of patient survival and treatment success, reviewing patient records and conducting annual follow-ups.
  • Coding: Creating classification systems by assigning codes to patient diagnoses and reimbursement procedures in order to work efficiently with insurance providers such as Medicare.

Education and Credentials

Any entry-level job in this field requires an associate's degree, whose curriculum will include the basics:

  • Clinical coding
  • Healthcare reimbursement methods
  • Database management and security
  • Confidentiality
  • Patient and Provider Rights
  • Medical and Legal terminology

However, If you have an eye for advancement and a higher salary, a bachelor's or master's degree can lead you to positions in health care information management or even the lucrative healthcare consulting industry.

Holding a credential can further increase your salary. You can gain credential status by passing certification exams held by various training organizations. Maintaining these credentials requires continuing education and recertification, but the pay rise is well worth it!

The healthcare information technology field offers excellent earning potential for qualified candidates. Start working toward your healthcare information tech degree right now.


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