Medical records are important for health care delivery. To provide proper treatment, physicians need complete and
accurate information about patient symptoms, test results, illnesses, and prior treatments. Medical record technicians
prepare and maintain patient records, reports, and correspondence.
What They Do
Medical record technicians in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
- Fill out admission and discharge records for patients entering and leaving military hospitals
- Assign patients to hospital rooms
- Prepare daily reports about patients admitted and discharged
- Organize, file, and maintain medical records
- Prepare reports about physical examinations, illnesses, and treatments
- Prepare tables of medical statistics
- Maintain libraries of medical publications
Helpful school subjects include general science and business administration.
Helpful attributes include:
- Ability to communicate well
- Interest in using computers and other office machines
- Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail
Job training consists of classroom instruction. Training length varies depending on specialty. Course content typically
- Basic computer skills
- Medical terminology
- Medical records preparation and maintenance
- Maintenance of medical libraries
Medical record technicians work in admissions or medical records sections of hospitals and clinics. They work in
land-based facilities and aboard ships.
Civilian medical record technicians usually work for hospitals, clinics, and government health agencies. They perform
duties similar to military medical record technicians. However, civilian medical record technicians tend to specialize
in areas such as admissions, ward, or outpatient records. Those working in admission or discharge units are called
admitting or discharge clerks.