All tests and treatments performed on patients must be accurately recorded. These records include things like symptoms and medical history, examination and test results, and diagnoses and treatment plans. The Accredited Record Technician ensures that all required information is recorded, organized and signed. Information recorded by these professionals may also be used to improve patient care, assist in survey and research projects and help control costs.
Most programs are two years in length and lead to an associate degree, although bachelor’s degree programs for Registered Health Information Administrators (RHIA) are also available. Courses include medical terminology, coding, anatomy and physiology, statistics and computer science. Many employers prefer to hire those with the Accredited Record Technician credential (ART), which can be earned by graduating from an accredited program and passing an examination given by the American Health Information Management Association.