One of the areas in which an individual could specialize is health information management or health informatics. A career in this field is very dynamic as there is the ever changing need to have updated medical data for use in hospitals, insurance companies, medical software companies, healthcare consulting companies, pharmaceutical corporates, libraries, research organizations, medical associations, government healthcare agencies, public health organizations, healthcare educational and research institutions, medical device and equipment production companies, etc.
An individual who specializes in health information management could join any of these sectors and establish a career (AHIMA, 2007 & NW University, 2007). One of the fields in which knowledge of medical terminology is utilized is medical transcription. A medical transcriptionist it would be converting complex information from the physician into a clear and easy to understand for record purposes. A medical transcriptionist should have a good background of medical knowledge and should be able to process the information using a computer.
The information generated by the medical transcriptionist is critical with regards to patient care, and hence the role of an MT is one in which a lot of responsibility is placed. For example, when it comes to drug administration, a change in even a single letter may be disastrous to the patient. An MT should be able to understand the medical information reported by the physician and convert it into a note that sounds grammatically clear. They should be able to use certain references including texts, journals, dictionaries, articles and websites in order to simply the medical language (AHDI, 2003).
Today even the physicians and the specialists would have to have an understanding of medical knowledge so that information is communicated to the patients. The physician would have to provide quality clinical services, and this can be only supplemented by having quality information to the patient transmitted electronically or otherwise to the patient. For this to be enabled, the physician should be able to explain and demystify complex medical terms in simple language, which is easy to understand for the patient.
The physician may have to communicate this information to the patient either electronically or through mail. As e-mail has been utilized more frequently these days, the physician should also have basic knowledge of computers so that the information can be drawn from reputable and current sources and transformed into highly specific fact sheets that answers the patient’s queries (Robertson, 2004). Thus it can be seen the field of medical that field of medical information management is really opening up.
The professional handling medical information needs to have an understanding of basic medical terminology and knowledge so that the information can be converted into a more understandable format. This information may be utilized for record purposes, educating the patients, etc. References: American Health Information Management Association (2007). Career Opportunities in Health Information Management, Retrieved on October 28, 2007, from AHIMA Web site: http://www. ahima. org/careers/career_counseling. asp#education AHDI (2003).
“AHDI Answers Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Transcription. ” Retrieved on December 14, 2007, from AHDI Web site: http://www. ahdionline. org/scriptcontent/raprqa. cfm NorthWestern University (2007), Careers in Medical Informatics, Retrieved on October 28, 2007, from NW University Web site: http://www. scs. northwestern. edu/grad/medical-informatics/medical-informatics-jobs. cfm Robertson, J. (2004). “Guidelines for Physician-Patient Electronic Communications. ” AMA. http://www. ama-assn. org/ama/pub/category/2386. html