The overall employment outlook for an RHIA is excellent. As patient records evolve
toward computerization, and as more entities such as third-party payers require sophisticated
health data, registered health administrators benefit from a wide selection of jobs.
The registered health information administrator (RHIA) manages health record/health
information services, designs patient information systems, helps determine the flow
of the medical information, what equipment will be purchased, and the staffing level
necessary to provide the services required. The RHIA also plays an important role
in quality improvement activities and contributes to the financial viability of an
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities are expected
to grow much faster than average for all occupations for the next several years.
More information about the field of health information management can be obtained
from the website of the American Health Information Management Association at www.ahima.org.