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Medical Records Technician Training

Medical records technicians may be needed to record the vast amount of information collected for each patient's medical history. Technicians may keep these all patients' charts up-to-date within a practice or hospital by ensuring all forms are complete and properly identified, and that all necessary authentications have been added or updated for physicians and other healthcare professionals. In addition to organizing patients' physical charts, medical records technicians may also add this information to an electronic database.

Is a Career as a Medical Records Technician Right for Me?

Keeping detailed and accurate patient records is an important aspect in the healthcare industry. The task of a medical records technician may be to manage the database and conduct quality assurance measures to ensure the validity of these records, which may include:

  • Diagnoses
  • Treatment plans
  • Patient medical history
  • Test results
  • Descriptions of symptoms

Medical records technicians may be responsible for managing the patient's records from the beginning until the end of their treatment. They may need to ask patients to fill out appropriate forms and ensure that these are properly signed. In addition, they may need to communicate with physicians and other healthcare practitioners in a consistent basis to make sure that all information recorded is complete.

There are many diagnosis-related groups (DRG) which medical records technician may use to classify patients according to their diagnosis. By assigning specific codes to each diagnosis or medical procedures, the medical records technician is able to determine how much the clinic or the hospital should be reimbursed by companies using the DRG systems such as Medicare. Long-term healthcare and emergency services have their own coding system.

Computer systems allow technicians to retrieve large amounts of data to provide patient care, research, and information in the case of lawsuits. The responsibility of a medical records technician is largely dependent on the institution where they work. For example, small medical facilities hire experienced technicians to supervise the whole records department.


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            • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
            • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
            • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
            • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
            • 12 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
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            • Ranked among the Best Grad Schools for Physician Assistants in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Dedicated to delivering quality education and personalized attention to students since 1899.
            • Provides a range of campus experiences and services online including advising, tutoring, student community, and career services.
            • Offers counseling services and a 24/7 crisis hotline to students at no extra charge.
            • Gives students and alumni access to career assistants who help with resumes, cover letters, job hunting, and more.
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            • A part of the Select Education Group (SEG).
            • Offers several scholarship and financial aid opportunities for students who qualify.
            • California campuses accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and accreditation for the Salem campus from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
            • 4 Campuses located in Clovis, Modesto, and Redding in California, and Salem, Oregon.
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            Platt College , Alhambra
            • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
            • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
            • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
            • 3 campuses in Southern California.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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            ITT Technical Institute , San Bernardino
            • Students who qualify may apply for the Opportunity Scholarship, which can help lower education costs.
            • Offers career-focused, degree programs to over 70,000 students at over 140 ITT Technical Institutes in 35 states.
            • Classes are offered year-round, with day and evening course options.
            • Online courses can be accessed from anywhere, 24 hours a day.
            • Nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
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            • Offers training in various types of massage therapy, physical therapy/sports rehab, and personal fitness training & wellness.
            • Teaches in an environment that promotes learning and encourages empathetic and compassionate therapists.
            • Career service professionals work directly with students from the start of their program, and help them pursue employment in day spas, luxury hotels, cruise ships, and other locations.
            • Students can work in the SOCHI Massage Clinic to gain experience and build their career skills.
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            • Offers medical and cosmetic programs, including dental assisting, massage therapy, cosmetology, esthetics, and more.
            • Features a public salon and spa where students may get real-world experience.
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            • Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
            • 2 separate Vacaville campuses, one is for medical careers and the other is the beauty academy.
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            US Colleges , Montclair

            • Offers health care and business programs that prepare students to enter the working field in as little as 8-16 weeks.
            • Provides morning, afternoon, and evening classes for most courses.
            • Offers career placement assistance to help students with their resumes, job-searching techniques, interview practice, and more.
            • Engages students through hands-on learning in labs, internships, and externships.  
            • Gives students the option to break up tuition costs into interest-free payments over the course of their education.  
             

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