Summary of occupation
Health information managers combine knowledge of healthcare processes, health records and administration, information management and human resources management to provide services that meet the medical, legal, ethical and administrative requirements of the healthcare system. They work closely with doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to collect and generate records and reports about patients, which can be used to assist in areas such as diagnosing illness and disease, making decisions about treatment options and patient care planning. Health information managers combine medical knowledge with technical knowledge of computer systems and databases to create information management systems that are detailed, precise and secure, to protect patients’ privacy.
Plans, develops, implements and manages health information services, such as patient information systems, and clinical and administrative data, to meet the medical, legal, ethical and administrative requirements of health care delivery.
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Health information managers need:
- good organisational skills
- sound communication skills
- the ability to work in a team environment
- good written and verbal communication skills
- to be able to keep patient' information private and confidential.
Health information managers work in a variety of settings within the healthcare system, including hospitals, government health departments, insurance companies, community health services and other healthcare facilities. They can work in locations all over Western Australia, from small doctors' surgeries in rural and remote towns, to larger hospitals in the heart of Perth. Most health information managers work regular office hours, however, those working in hospitals may work shifts, which can include nights, weekends and public holidays.
On average, health information managers, classified under archivists, curators and records managers, can expect to earn between $1 250 and $1 499 per week ($65 000 and $77 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a health information manager develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.
Some health information managers may work with hardcopy records; however, there is an increasing trend toward electronically-stored data. Due to this trend, health information managers need to be comfortable using computers, especially programs used to create and maintain electronic databases.
To become a health information manager you usually need to complete a degree in science or health science with a major in health information management at university. Alternatively, you can complete a degree in a related field followed by a postgraduate qualification in health information management.
Some universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.