Health information management professionals work for: clinics, including medicentres and Primary Care Network clinics, community care facilities, government departments and privacy commissioners’ offices hospitals mental health facilities, research facilities, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Workers’ Compensation Board offices. Those who like to travel may find employment outside Canada with the World Health Organization or through foreign recruitment agencies. (Source)
$33.11 – $55.85
$64,557 – $108,916
Health information management occupations (1252)
Access and Disclosure Specialist
Health Information Data Analyst
Health Record Administrator
Release of Information Specialist
Health information/records management coder
Health information management practitioner
Health information/records management professional
Health information/record management supervisor
Health information/records management technician
Health records classifier, Health information/records technician
Medical records supervisor
Medical records technician
Medical records technicians supervisor
Medical records unit supervisor
Completion of a recognized two-year college diploma program in health record technology or health information management. They may want to write the Canadian Health Information Management Association national certification examination which is not mandatory but may be required by some employers.
$33.11 - $55.85
$64,557 - $108,916
Employment outlook is mostly fair to good across provinces. More information is available here.
Jobs may start as medical transcriptionist/coder/health information management clerk/analysts etc., but as health information management professionals/practitioners is also possible from the start or with some experience. With further education and/or experience managerial positions can be obtained.
Self-motivation; attention to detail; the ability to multitask; interest in working with big data; the ability to manage many priorities and demands; the ability to be highly accurate; computer hardware and software skills, Problem solving; Goal oriented; Project management
In general, health information management professionals work a standard workweek. Where health record departments are open longer hours, they may have to work shifts. This job involves a lot of time sitting at a computer. Speed and accuracy are critical. The pressure is on to deliver both.
Difference between ‘Health information management’ and ‘Health Informatics’:
“Health information management jobs typically focus on the information technology needed to store and retrieve patient data accurately and securely and the management of the people and processes."
"Health informatics jobs focus more on utilizing data, data analytics, and technology to improve patient care delivery.”
IMGs can get enrolled in a two-year health information management diploma programs or can complete a certificate (online) programs for start. Also, if entry to the programs in desired institute is difficult for anyone some relevant courses through open studies (e.g., medical transcription at Lethbridge college) may facilitate entry to the health information management. Also, training/experience as medical office assistant can