Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)
Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification requires an associate degree from an accredited Health Information Technology program and passing the RHIT certification exam. RHIT professionals serve the vital role of ensuring accuracy, completeness and privacy of medical records. Increased use of electronic health care records also enables them to compile and analyze patient data to discover ways of improving patient care or implementing cost efficiencies in the processes. Some RHITs work as cancer registrars compiling and maintaining data on cancer patients. Others specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures.
If you are interested in becoming a RHIT, a list of approved programs can be found at www.cahiim.org/accredpgms.asp. For more information about the field of Health Information Management, the following is a link to the American Health Information Management Association’s home page: http://www.ahima.org.