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Health Information Management Professional

Health information management professionals collect, record, review and manage health information. They make sure personal health information stays intact and private. They also collect and interpret data used to make decisions about health services.

  • Avg. Salary $82,762.00
  • Avg. Wage $44.39
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Access and Disclosure Specialist, Coding Specialist, Data Analyst, Health Record Administrator, Information Specialist, Release of Information Specialist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Health Records Technicians (1413.3) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Records Management and Filing Clerks (B513) 
  • 2011 NOC: Health information management occupations (1252) 
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  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Health Information Management Professional is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Health Records Technicians
METHODICAL

Interest in compiling information to classify, code, cross-reference and store health records and other information; and in maintaining indexes for classification systems

innovative

Interest in operating information retrieval systems; and in preparing medical, social and administrative statistics

directive

Interest in responding to requests for health record information

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 16, 2018

Health records contain patients’ medical histories and courses of treatment (such as doctors’ notes, forms for prescribed medications, input from other members of the treatment team, or test results). Health information management professionals manage both the records and the information inside them. They also provide guidance and expertise to health professionals in other organizations and care settings.

Duties vary but, in general, health information management professionals:

  • translate information from paper files into digital records
  • convert patient diagnostic and intervention information into a standard format (using an international classification system and Canadian coding standards)
  • make sure every patient’s record is complete, accurate and secure, yet can be retrieved on demand (as appropriate)
  • identify and run data quality checks on records and databases
  • secure and release patient information as per Alberta’s Health Information Act
  • collect other information (about patients and their hospital stays) to generate data about the patient population
  • use computer software to manage health data for planning, research and education purposes.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 16, 2018

In general, health information management professionals work a standard workweek. Where health record departments are open longer hours, they may have to work shifts.

This job involves a lot of time sitting at a computer. Speed and accuracy are critical. The pressure is on to deliver both.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 16, 2018

Health information management professionals need:

  • self-motivation
  • attention to detail
  • the ability to multitask
  • the ability to manage many priorities and demands
  • the ability to be highly accurate
  • computer hardware and software skills.

They should enjoy:

  • taking a step-by-step approach to compiling and sorting information
  • taking part in data quality controls
  • using information retrieval systems
  • responding to requests for information.
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 16, 2018

Health information management professionals need skills and knowledge related to:

  • biomedical sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology)
  • epidemiology
  • information sciences and technology
  • the health care system in Canada
  • legislation and regulations governing privacy, information security and confidentiality
  • standard classification systems and technologies
  • ways to integrate and manage clinical data
  • ways to analyze and present information
  • ethics and practice
  • ways to manage and use databases.

They may learn the skills and knowledge they need by taking a full-time program at a post-secondary school or a distance education program. Employers may prefer to hire those with a related degree or require those with a diploma to work towards a degree.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 16, 2018

There is currently no legislation regulating this type of work in Alberta. However, the Certified Health Information Management (CHIM) credential and Health Information Management (HIM) title are registered trademarks of the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA).

For more information about obtaining the CHIM designation and using the protected credential and title, visit the CHIMA website.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 16, 2018

Health information management professionals work for:

  • clinics, including medicentres and Primary Care Network clinics
  • community care facilities
  • government departments and privacy commissioners’ offices
  • hospitals
  • mental health facilities
  • research facilities
  • the Canadian Institute for Health Information
  • Workers’ Compensation Board offices.

Those who like to travel may find employment outside Canada with the World Health Organization or through foreign recruitment agencies.

Health information management professionals are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 1252: Health information management Occupations. In Alberta, 92% of people employed in this classification work in the Health Care and Social Assistance [pdf] industry.

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

In Alberta, the B513: Records Management and Filing Clerks occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 176 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years. 

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 16, 2018

For information about current collective agreements in the public and not-for-profit sectors, see the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website.

Health information management occupations

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $23.17 $47.08 $38.24 $39.72
Overall $24.00 $54.92 $44.39 $48.71
Top $25.01 $62.77 $49.56 $56.01

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

C: Lower Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Lower Reliability, represents a CV of between 15.01% and 33.00% and/or if fewer than 20 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 33% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


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Related High School Subjects
  • Business, Administration, Finance and IT
    • Enterprise and Innovation
    • Financial Management
    • Information Processing
    • Management and Marketing
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Biology
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Clerical and Administrative Support
  • Health Care and Medical Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 16, 2018

Alberta and Northwest Territories (ABNT) Chapter website: abnt.echima.ca

Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) website: www.echima.ca

Health Information Management Association of Alberta (HIMAA) website: www.himaa.ca

Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website: hsaa.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 16, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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