What interested you in becoming an Electronic Health Records Analyst?
I became interested in Health Information Management after attending a community college career fair. I knew I wanted to work in healthcare but not necessarily in a direct patient care setting. I was excited by the variety of career options a two year HIM degree offered. I was interested in the interaction with other medical professionals that HIM would provide me. Also, the future projection of job stability is very promising.
What physical and/or soft skills do you need to have to succeed?
To succeed in HIM it is important to have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Communication with a variety of departments and clinical staff is a very important part of our job description in order to maintain accurate electronic medical records. Analytical, problem solving and computer skills are also very important.
What advice would you give to interested high school students?
An interested high school student should enjoy being challenged on a daily basis and have an interest in continuing education.
What interested you in working at Cleveland Clinic?
Cleveland Clinic’s accomplishments regarding the implementation of the electronic medical record sparked my interest in working at Cleveland Clinic. I was also impressed with their emphasis on quality improvement and analysis of computerized systems.
What excites you about working as a Health Records Analyst?
I enjoy the daily challenges my job brings to me including analyzing medical records. It reminds me of connecting puzzle pieces to create the big picture.
What has been your most gratifying experience as a Health Records Analyst?
I enjoy the rewarding feeling of reviewing a case and developing an action plan to ensure patient safety and privacy.
What career options do you have in this field?
Coding, Recovery Auditor Contractors, Document Integrity Specialist (DIS), Electronic Health Record (EHR), Release of Information, Informatics, Privacy and Security, Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist (CDI), Registry, Project Management, and various Management Opportunities. There are also a variety of opportunities within Compliance, Legal and Risk, and Quality Assurance.