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Essential Skills

Essential Skills

Essential Skills Expected of a Health Information Technician
Successful completion of the HIT program requires the student to participate in and satisfy the directed practice portion of the program. Students attend a variety of clinical settings including but not limited to hospitals, long term care centers, ambulatory settings, specialty treatment facilities, and managed care facilities. Participation in directed practice requires that the student have basic abilities that allow the student to perform successfully. Students will be expected to perform satisfactorily in the following domains:

The student should be able to:

  • View computer screens for long periods of time.
  • Use keyboard or input devices to enter data into computer.
  • Have good hand-eye coordination skills to enter data, answer phones, and write.
  • Lift light objects such as medical records and code books and push carts loaded with records.
  • Spend long periods of time sitting.
  • Hear adequately enough to permit contact with patients, physicians and other employees.
  • Interpret reading material correctly, spell accurately and regularly communicate health information in written and verbal format.

The student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the interpersonal skills necessary to regularly interact effectively with patients families, physicians, co-workers and other facility personnel.
  • Demonstrate the organizational and time management skills necessary to carry out multiple functions on a daily basis.
  • Follow job related logical thought processes to make judgments.
  • Take initiative and work independently, yet recognize self limitations.
  • Regularly accept guidance and supervision from superiors.
  • Demonstrate prolonged concentration skills in activities like coding and abstracting.
  • Apply numeric logic and analytical skills in interpretation and presentation of data.

The student should be able to:

  • Cope in an appropriate manner to common job related stressful situations. 
  • Articulate ideas and communicate information clearly.
  • Exhibit flexibility in response to shifting priorities.
  • Display a courteous and professional manner through interaction, appearance, and attitude.
  • Keep confidential material confidential.
  • Meet the ethical standards of the profession.

The above statements were derived in part from job descriptions and work expectations from various employers of health information technicians. Each student’s right to participation in the directed practice portion of the curriculum is also contingent upon compliance with the rules of the clinical site. The clinical site has the sole discretion to determine when its rules have been violated.

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