If you would like to work in health care but don’t want to provide direct patient care, medical record coder is a good career choice. Medical record coders work with nurses, physicians and other health care professionals to ensure medical records are complete, accurate and secure.
What can I do in medical record coding?
Medical record coders ensure that health information data is accurate, accessible and complete. They use special software to assign codes to data for reimbursement and analysis.
What characteristics and skills do I need to work in this field?
Technical skills are important because medical record coders must use coding and classification software. They should also understand medical diagnoses so they can code them in patient’s records. Integrity is a must because medical record coders work with patient information that is required to be kept confidential.
Where can I work?
Most medical record coders work in hospitals or physician offices. They also may work in nursing and residential care facilities or for government entities.
What does Trident Technical College offer?
Trident Technical College’s Medical Record Coder program prepares students for employment as a medical record coder. Graduates are eligible to take the certification and registry examinations administered by the American Health Information Management Association and American Academy of Professional Coders.