The health information professional who successfully completes the national qualifying examination is afforded numerous career opportunities. While the majority of health information practitioners work in acute-care facilities, or hospitals, as coders, transcriptionists, managers or supervisors, others specialize in release of information, quality assurance/improvement, utilization review or risk management. In addition, many others find employment in non-acute care facilities such as physician offices, ambulatory surgery centers, health maintenance organizations, long term care facilities, government health agencies, insurance companies, third party review agencies, medical/clinical research organizations and legal offices.
Health information professionals are also patient advocates - they maintain a patient's privacy of their health information and at the same time ensure that it is available to those who are authorized to receive it. The demand for health information professionals is at an all time high. In fact, the U.S. News and World Report listed the Health Care Information Specialist as one of its 20 Hot Jobs.