Career Profile: Medical Records and Health Information Technician - Maritza Sinclair
Maritza Sinclair, Medical Records and Health Information Technician, Lead Medical Records Technician, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
National Institutes of Health: Office of Science Education
I chose this career because…
I chose to become a medial records technician because I found the right position that made use of my interests and education. I was trained to be a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) as a member of the Army Reserves at Fort Totten, New York. Even though I completed the training, I was not sure about continuing my career as an LPN. The job was both fulfilling and frustrating. It was fulfilling, because I was in a position of caring for patients. It was frustrating because, as it is in many hospitals, the nursing staff was stretched thin, and we were assigned multiple patients. I felt that there was never enough time to make a connection with the patients. I preferred being able to have more one-on-one interactions with my patients to provide better care.
• Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Training, Fort Totten, Bayside, New York
My typical workday involves…
My typical workday revolves around my responsibilities of maintaining, delivering, and tracking patient records.
My tasks include:
• Pulling patient records – In the morning, I ensure that the list of patient records (what we call the pull list) are pulled and ready for delivery to the appropriate clinic.
• Staff reassignments – If one of our staff is out, I rearrange the schedule and make reassignments to cover that person’s duties.
• Collecting additional records – We send records from outside sources to the physician for review. Many patients at the NIH are referred from other clinical centers or hospitals. Typically those records will be requested or forwarded to our department. We pass them to the attending physician to make sure they have what they need and want. I am responsible for making sure that the records from outside sources get into their NIH patient record.
• Retrieving records – Often in the afternoon, I go to clinics to retrieve files that were pulled earlier in the day.
• Calculating monthly statistics – I prepare monthly statistics of all the records released to the clinics, including those requested for patient care and for research. All patient records are computerized and tracked by a software system.