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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.

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) 
  • 2016 NOC: Health information management occupations (1252) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Health Records Technicians

2006 NOC: 1413.3

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
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

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

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 for this NOC group 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.

Learn About Interests

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
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg

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.

Traits & Skills
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
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary

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

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 16, 2018
  • Certification Not Regulated

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 1252: Health information management occupations occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 20% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 20 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

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

Related Alberta Job Postings
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.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Health information management occupations

2016 NOC: 1252
Average Wage
$39.15
Per Hour
Average Salary
$70,481.00
Per Year
Average Hours
34.7
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
12
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 1252 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

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.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $26.80 $37.30 $29.41 $27.78
Overall $34.63 $47.85 $39.15 $39.35
Top $37.38 $57.26 $46.93 $47.30

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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.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Health Care & Social Assistance
ALL INDUSTRIES
Public Administration

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
14%
14%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
N/A
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
0%
0%
Vacancy Rate
N/A
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

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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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