Electronic Health Records Specialist Program

NAHCE College of Allied Health

NAHCE College of Allied Health is among the nations leading health care Certification training providers. NAHCE Certification programs are designed for committed and knowledgeable health care professionals and structured around convenient, flexible, and affordable online courses. Our Electronic Health Records Specialist program allows for working adults to balance education with work and other obligations while expanding career opportunities and increasing income potential. After completing our Electronic Health Records Specialist program your Certification will be a stand-alone educational credential and earned academic credit towards an Associate, Bachelor or Master degree.

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

Quick Facts: Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
2012 Median Pay $34,160 per year
$16.42 per hour
Entry-Level Education Postsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 186,300
Job Outlook, 2012-22 22% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2010-20 41,100

Electronic Health Records Specialist, Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.

Duties
  • Review patient records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data
  • Organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries
  • Track patient outcomes for quality assessment
  • Use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis 
  • Electronically record data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting
  • Protect patients’ health information for confidentiality, authorized access for treatment, and data security

All Electronic Health Records Specialist document patients’ health information, including their medical history, symptoms, examination and test results, treatments, and other information about health care services that are provided to patients. Their duties vary with the size of the facility in which they work.

Although Electronic Health Records Specialists do not provide direct patient care, they work regularly with registered nurses and other health care professionals. They meet with these workers to clarify diagnoses or to get additional information to make sure that records are complete and accurate.

Electronic Health Records Specialists held about 186,300 jobs in 2012. Most Electronic Health Records Specialists work in hospitals or physicians’ offices. Others work in nursing care facilities or for government entities. Technicians typically work at desks or in offices and may spend many hours in front of computer monitors.

The industries that employed the most Electronic Health Records Specialists in 2012 were as follows:

General medical and surgical hospitals; state, local, and private 37%
Offices of physicians 22
Nursing and residential care facilities 9
Government 5
Work Schedules

Most Electronic Health Records Specialists work full time. In health care facilities that are always open, such as hospitals, technicians may work evening or overnight shifts.

Electronic Health Records Specialist Program

Prospects will be best for those with a certification in health information. As EHR systems continue to become more common, Electronic Health Records Specialists with computer skills will be needed to use them.

After certification as a CEHRS, you can obtain positions in a variety of health care facilities and Federal Government agencies including:

Attainable Positions: Average U.S. Salaries*
File Clerk $30,000
Medical Records Clerk $33,000
Document Imaging Specialist $39,000
Medical Records Technician $42,000
Medical Records and Electronic Health Records Specialist $46,000
*Indeed.com

The median annual wage for Electronic Health Records Specialists was $34,160 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,250, and the top 10 percent earned more than $56,200.

Most Electronic Health Records Specialists work full time. In health care facilities that are always open, such as hospitals, technicians may work evening or overnight shifts.

Employment of Electronic Health Records Specialists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures. This will mean more claims for reimbursement from insurance companies. Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) by all types of health care providers, could lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the health care industry.

Cancer registrars are expected to continue to be in high demand. As the population ages, there will likely be more types of special purpose registries because many illnesses are detected and treated later in life.

Percent change in employment, projected 2012-22 is as follows:

Health technologists and technicians 24%
Medical records and Electronic Health Records Specialists 22%
Total, all occupations 11%

Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics.


Adapted from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/health care/medical-assistants.htm (visited February 09, 2014).

Program Features

The NAHCE Online Electronic Health Records Specialist learning platform is packed full of media-based activities and exercises including educational videos and simulations, collaborative class discussions and interactive activities with the same personalized attention and student-teacher interaction support as a tradition classroom-based education. It is the most intuitive user experience available today for any learning system and you can conveniently utilize it at your leisure 24 hours a day.


NAHCE Online Program Features:

  • Immediate feedback and student instructor interaction with online assignments, quizzes and practice test and progress reports.
  • Students can access all their Electronic Health Records Specialist course materials, including the media-rich online textbook from any mobile phone or home computer.
  • Preparation for Electronic Health Records Specialist Certification boxes provide guidance to students by highlighting crucial content for the NHA (NCCA), CMA (AAMA), RMA (AMT), and CMAS certification examinations.
  • NAHCE Online Electronic Health Records Specialist CEHRS Learning Platform with Ebook w/ Text Hard Copy.
  • Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist CEHRS Exam online Study Guide.
  • Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist CEHRS Exam online Practice Test.
  • Combines the right mix of rich functionality and intuitive ease of use to enable rapid and complete Electronic Health Records clinical and clerical documentation.
  • An abundance of screen captures and menu icons from SpringCharts Electronic Health Records EHR software provide step-by-step instructions for easy reference and application.
  • Concept Check-ups follow each topic and break down learning outcomes into manageable subject material with unlimited practice before exams and quizzes.
  • Focal Points and key term definitions appear in the margins throughout the text to spotlight critical data necessary to master end-of-chapter review quizzes.

Electronic Health Records Specialist Required Courses:

Major:

(15 Earned Credits) This course introduces students to a systematic and practical approach to Electronic Heath Records based on real-world medical office activities. Students learn to gather patient information, schedule appointments, record examination information, process lab tests, select codes, and learn the appropriate terminology and skills to use any EHR software program with minimal additional training.

Modules include the concept of an electronic health record (EHR), history of EHRs, government's involvement in EHRs, major barriers and benefits of using an EHR, developments in the future of the EHR, major events in the development of standards for the EHR, (MU) criteria, including specific EHR functions that meet MU requirements, privacy and security issues related to EHRs, basic technology used in EHR implementation, Competency Model Clearinghouse, history of SpringCharts EHR software, layout of an electronic chart, patient's face sheet, procedures in a patient's chart, editing office visit note, Create, modifying the immunization record, viewing a patient's lab graphs, creating excuse notes, and changing chart tabs, routing slip, chart evaluation, function of the E&M Coder, superbill, patient instruction sheet, Draw program, Tests, Procedures, and Codes, SpringCharts EHR program.

NAHCE Health Records Specialist Diploma

NAHCE Electronic Health Records Specialist Diploma tells your employer that you have receive the highest standards of education and credentials recognition and have met the educational requirements of the certifying bodies in your field. Our graduates receive the highest levels of continuing education and credentials recognition required to pursue jobs in the high demanding field of Electronic Health Records. After program completion your Certification will be a stand-alone educational credential. It will also be an earned financial credit towards other certification or degree programs.

Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist CEHRS National Certification

Our advanced Electronic Health Record Specialist Program meets the educational requirements of the certifying bodies in your field. After successful completion of the Electronic Health Records Specialist program you will receive the NAHCE Electronic Health Records Specialist Diploma which will qualify you to sit for the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist CEHRS Exam for National Certification.

NAHCE is a training provider and agent for the NHA National Certification Exams accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and issues certifications through National Health Career Association, Inc.

In order to qualify as a candidate for NAHCE Sponsored Certification Testing an individual must obtain one of the following:

  • NAHCE Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist CEHRS Diploma
  • Be confirmed as a graduate of a recognized Electronic Health Records Program or School.
  • Confirmed employment by a medical facility as an electronic Health Records for a minimum of 2 years.

Electronic Health Records EHR Training Program

We strive to be the best online educational experience for health care professionals by delivering the highest quality standards of online health education at the most affordable tuition rates. All associated fees are included in the price of tuition.

All Tracks Online Learning Platform
Cost Per Credit $63
Number of Major Credits 15 credits
Total Tuition Cost $945.00

Tuition Compared To The Top Online Colleges

The highest quality standards of education comparable to the top online colleges. You pay significantly less per credit at NAHCE.

Comparable Colleges Undergraduate Tuition Cost Per Credit
NAHCE $63
Cost Per Credit Comparable Online Schools $250 - $609

NAHCE offers 8 semester start dates per academic term giving you the convenience and flexibility to blend your continuing educational goals with your work and life schedule. You can conveniently utilize the NAHCE technology based on-line learning platform at your leisure 24 hours a day. Start Next Semesters Online Health Education program anytime before the Enrollment Deadline.

August 4

2014 August Bi-Semester Start Date
August 4, 2014
Enrollment Deadline
August 1, 2014

September 8

2014 September Semester Start Date
September 8, 2014
Enrollment Deadline
September 5, 2014

October 20

2014 October Bi-Semester Start Date
October 20, 2014
Enrollment Deadline
October 17, 2014

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