According to Occupational Outlook, the occupation of medical records technician is expected to grow by 21 percent by 2020. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act there's been lots of talk about the occupation that will grow significantly as a result of the bill. It’s the fastest growing average for all occupations.
In the current economy it stands out. For High School graduates about to enter college or students already in the thick of academic culture and the promise of choice upon graduation, this is one of several occupational choices hard to ignore.
To consider the grander goal of a broader education, not just a job but of the world gained through a liberal arts education, a practical pursuit for a certificated occupation (that does not come with the anticipated student loan debt of a formal education) for some, is a tempting economy growing idea.
What does it take to get hired in the occupation? The skills required of a medical recorder or information technician are basic—skills required of almost any occupation. The skills of active listening, reading comprehension, speaking, critical thinking and time management are needed in addition to a training program.
The current economic downturn that coincides with what experts have labeled the new information age, is a tough nut to crack. Mostly because in hard times people pursue the more practical, giving lofty pursuits back to the wind. Yet, the balance any culture needs between those that pursue critical basic occupations and one who considers an occupation that requires higher education, is another topic.They’re two extremes with lots in the middle.
So what are some of the pitfalls in the occupation of a medical records technician? Let’s start with any consequence of being plugged into an electronic cloud produced world. It’s not the job but the tools used that haven't caught up to the paperless medical record keeping concept yet.
In a recent case in Contra Costa, California, Doctors (the recipients of the new electronic medical records access world) complained to “county supervisors they were able to see only half as many patients as usual as they struggled with the unfamiliar screens and clicks.”
Perhaps what the incident implies, is that the tools of the trade are still being developed and data entry-- the domain of the medical records technician, is not the most pressing problem on the job. It’s being in a related work environment with doctors and other healthcare providers who are resistant to the digital medical records makeover in its current form and technology requirements that will continue to morph over the next half decade.
Still, there is a near fierce and growing demand for medical records and information technology workers.This fact puts aside the outcry of grumpy doctors on the other end of the digital medical records ecosystem for now. The current world of work like no other time in history is truly more digitized and interconnected, including American medical administrations.
An employment recruiting agency specializing in medical occupations job placement is the Canon Group, founded by Tim Greyem in 1980, based in Santa Clarita, California.The company’s got a stellar reputation and in 2010 was ranked 600th of the 5000 fastest growing companies and 13th of the top 100 Human Resources Companies by Inc. 5000.