Medical Records Administrator

Occupation Information table
Overview: Medical record administrators plan and operate the procedures for recording and filing patients' medical records in hospitals, clinics, or physicians' offices. They use the information to evaluate patient recovery rate and the quality of the diagnosis and patient care.
Duties: They analyze the data contained in patient records in order to correlate recovery rates with the diagnostic procedures used and the treatments prescribed by individual physicians.

They plan how to organize patient data in a computer system for physical filing of documents in patient record archives.

They evaluate and choose computer software systems that provide convenient retrieval of patient data and for summarizing and combining data from groups of patients.

Interview and survey hospital administrators and physicians to identify the information needed from patients records. Determine what type of system is needed to record patient information.

Degree(s): A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 14% or higher from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $29,000 to $33,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: A 2-year associate or a 4-year bachelor's degree in medical records administration is the usual educational requirement for entry positions in this field. Courses include medical classification schemes for diseases, anatomy, physiology, legal aspects of medical records, computer-aided data base organization, statistics and information retrieval. A bachelor's and certification will enhance promotions to senior positions.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.