How to become a health information manager

Manage patient, clinical and administrative information within health-related settings.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete an undergraduate degree in science or health science, majoring in health information management.
  2. If you've studied an undergraduate degree in a similar field or have other recognised qualifications, you may be able to qualify as a health information manager by completing a relevant postgraduate degree.
  3. Join recognised industry associations and keep on top of advancements and legalities in the industry.

What does a health information manager do?

Health information managers develop, manage and maintain files, records and information processing systems and databases for healthcare facilities. They must have strong organisational and implementation abilities and train others in how to operate and maintain information systems.

Duties and tasks

  • Advance new methods for digital record keeping and classification.
  • Train and help users navigate systems.
  • Apply security to protect classified information and control access.
  • Design, implement and modify medical records and forms.
  • Develop and manage health facilities' central records systems and databases, including cataloguing, coding and classification.
  • Evaluate organisational needs of record keeping, and monitor and optimise systems.
  • Implement procedures for archiving data and create classification systems, indexes and guides for inputting information.
  • Interpret a variety of records and preserve or archive them in files and databases for administrative, legal and patient use.

Industry bodies

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