Tell me more about Health Information Management

Employment of health information managers/administrators is expected to increase by 17 percent through 2024 in part, due to electronic medical record implementation mandates. Median annual earnings health information managers was $96,540 in 2016. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of health information directors in 2016 were:

  • General medical and surgical hospitals: $104,340
  • Outpatient care centers: $94,430
  • Offices of physicians: $87,540
  • Nursing care facilities: $80,340
  • Home health care services: $84,500
    source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics, May 2017

Earnings of medical and health services managers vary by type and size of the facility and level of responsibility.

  • Graduates of the program are eligible to write the RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) certification exam which is offered by the American Health Information Management Association
  • 240 hour internship in a hospital setting is completed during the second year in the program; a 400 hour internship in a health-related setting is completed during the last semester in the program
  • Program is offered on Big Rapids campus during the day and Grand Rapids campus in the evening
  • For graduates of an accredited HIT program, all of the professional courses in the HIM program are offered online.  General education courses can be taken at a college/university near you.  

What Graduates Do

Registered Health Information Managers/Administrators establish and implement policies, objectives, and procedures for their departments; evaluate personnel and work quality; develop reports and budgets; and coordinate activities with other managers. Health information managers are responsible for the maintenance and security of all patient records. Recent regulations enacted by the Federal Government require that all health care providers maintain electronic patient records and that these records be secure. As a result, health information managers must keep up with current computer and software technology and with legislative requirements.

Health Information professionals work in hospitals, clinics, physician private practices and health departments and insurance companies. They typically work in an office setting, Monday-Friday, 40 hours per week.

Related Occupations

Medical and health services managers have training or experience in both health and management. Other occupations requiring knowledge of both fields are insurance underwriters and social and community service managers.

Employment Prospects

Employment of health information technicians is expected to increase by 17 percent through 2024 because of rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be increasingly scrutinized by health insurance companies, regulators, courts, and consumers. Managers are needed to supervise/direct users of the electronic health record (EHR), coding systems, data retrieval, release of information, patient access, billing, and other related areas.

New jobs are expected in offices of physicians as a result of increasing demand for detailed records, especially in large group practices. New jobs also are expected in home health care services, outpatient care centers, and nursing and residential care facilities.

Source: AHIMA Salary Survey 2014


Health Information Managers plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the various functions related to the patient record. These managers must remain current with HIPAA, ICD and CPT coding, and changes in health care reimbursement.

The United States have been using ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS for medical coding of diagnoses and procedures since October 2015. This is a totally different system than the previous system of ICD-9-CM. ICD-10 has more than 155,000 diagnoses and procedure codes compared to 18,000 ICD-9 codes. The coder must have a solid background in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and pathophysiology to provide the specificity that is required with ICD-10. Thus, a well-prepared coder is in high demand in the healthcare industry. An experienced coder may then move into supervision/management of coding services, revenue cycle management, auditing, and compliance

Workers must be prepared to deal with integrated health care delivery systems, technological changes, complex regulatory environments, and an increased focus on preventative care. They will also spend their time efficiently improving health care facilities, and the quality of the care provided.

Health Information Managers must maintain and secure all patient records electronically. This requires workers to keep up with computer and software technology to meet federal government requirements.

Some Health Information Managers oversee the activities of a number of facilities in health systems. Such systems might contain both inpatient and outpatient facilities and offer a wide range of patient services.


Managers work in hospitals, physician practices, long term care setting, ambulatory care facilities, insurance companies and consulting firms.   


Average Wages for Occupations:

Job Pay Level
Consultant $ 95,000
Director $ 87,700
Supervisor $ 57,400
Other Roles $ 65,900

Source: AHIMA 2014

*National average salaries could vary by region


  • Insurance Underwriters
  • Outpatient care center managers
  • Home health care service managers
  • Nursing care facility managers
  • Hospice service managers


Common Characteristics of Graduates

  • Leadership skills
  • Management skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Attention to detail


  • Professional Organizations: American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Student Organizations: Health Care Management Association (HCMA)


  • Call Family Scholarship
  • Mecosta County Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship
  • Outer Drive Hospital Auxiliary

College of Health Professions:For more information on what to do with a Health Information degree contact: 231-591-2266. For more program options and requirements see the Ferris catalog.

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