How to become a medical records administrator

Organise and maintain patients’ medical records and reports.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete an accredited certificate in health administration, like a certificate III or certificate IV.
  2. Expand your potential by studying an undergraduate degree in health science, majoring in health information management. Further education is an opportunity to upskill and improve your employment outcomes.
  3. Pass Working with Children and National Police checks and be up to date with current immunisations for work placements.

What does a medical records administrator do?

Medical records administrators maintain databases of patient information and control access to those databases. They are expert users of electronic medical records systems, making sure patients’ test results, treatment plans, and medical histories are filed accurately and securely.

Duties and tasks

  • Accepting and preserving records for medical purposes.
  • Controlling access to databases and records to appropriate individuals.
  • Developing and coordinating larger records-keeping systems.
  • Developing coding and classification systems.
  • Maintaining the security of computerized files and records systems.
  • Ordering records in a logical and meaningful fashion.
  • Revising medical records forms as needed.

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