Developing Employee Career Paths and Ladders Literature Review

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Subject Area:Health Care

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This paper presents reviews of existing literature on the subject outlining the past, current and future outlooks of health information technology. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)’s (2015) article titled Developing Employee Career Paths and Ladders discusses the different career paths and career ladders that organizations can use to develop their employees’ careers. The paper begins with an overview of the benefits of establishing definite career paths for employees. It cites that the most important reason for establishing career paths is that it makes employee development a priority for the organization. Benefits to the organization include differentiation from the labor market, retention of workers, decrease of employee turnover and the retention of a young workforce. The center established the following positions with increasing seniority: Coding Apprentice, Coder I, Coder II, Senior Coder, Senior Coder – Lead, Coding Trainer and Coding Auditor.

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A description of the center’s coding apprentice program ends the article. The program describes the number and duration of apprenticeship interns. Jacob (2013)’s article was titled HIM’s Evolving Workforce: Preparing for the Electronic Age’s HIM Profession Shake-up and it illuminated the changes in the career of a HIM worker in the modern ICT era. The article began with an overview of the changes in the HIM career where more men today are enrolling for the course than women are, unlike the traditional demographics that reported a predominant female population. Gibson et al. (2015)’s article titled Health Information Management Workforce Transformation: New Roles, New Skills and Experiences in Canada is an examination of the developments in health records with the advent of electronic health records in Canada’s health system.

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It focuses on the human and financial resources required to transform the department to electronic version. The article outlines current competencies domain areas as decision support, clinical informatics, ehealth business analysis, ehealth privacy management and c-suite level among others. The paper then identifies new job roles as information integrity, identity management, access and disclosure, customer support and information analysis among others. Higher certifications offered by AHIMA were certified health data analysts (CHDAs) and the Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS). Another career path for RHITs was the Acquisition of higher degrees in HIM. Get Started Now! You’ve Got a Career Ladder to Climb was an article in the website of Explore Health Careers (2018), a blog for health workers and students.

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The blog post was an explanation of a career ladder in the health profession and its necessity for progressive students and health workers. It offers examples of the career ladder to becoming a registered nurse, a radiology technician and a biller and coder. Jobs for the Future et al. ’s (2012) article titled A Growing Jobs Sector: Health Informatics was a report of the growth in health informatics as a new career. The report revealed that medical coding recorded the highest growth in informatics while coding compliance and review recorded the lowest growth in the same period of 2007 -2011. It provided data on the market demand for professionals in health informatics with data analysts, documentation specialists and coding auditors. The career paths for each of the new careers were elaborated and improvements for training curricula suggested to include statistics and IT.

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What is health information? Retrieved from http://www. ahima. org/careers/healthinfo Decker, F. (n. d. org/doc?oid=106207#. W2mhJTl9iM9 Eramo, Lisa A. Entry-Level Careers in Health Information Management (HIM). Medical Technology Schools. Retrieved from https://www. Retrieved from http://issues. org/33-1/pathways-to-middle-skill-allied-health-care-occupations/ Gibson, C. J; Abrams, K. & Crook, G. Health information management workforce transformation: New roles, new skills and experiences in Canada. Journal of AHIMA, 84(8). Retrieved from http://bok. ahima. org/doc?oid=106841#. W2mdizl9iM9 Jobs for the Future, Burning Glass & Credentials that Work. & Karl, E. S. Ready or Not, HIM is Changing: Results of the New HIM Competencies Survey Show Skill Gaps Between Education Levels, Students, and Working Professionals. Journal of AHIMA, 86(3), 24-27. Retrieved from http://library.

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