The advancement in technology, particularly in the field of information collection and dissemination, has seen many hospitals and medical facilities moving over to fully digital data administration. This not only affects all new information being collected, but also requires that old traditional paper records such as past medical exam reports, symptoms and medical history, doctors' diagnoses, laboratory and X-ray results and a list of past treatment plans are converted into digital formats to make handling patient records much easier to manage. Medical Billing and Coding programs provide students with the opportunity to learn the skills and gain knowledge to be able to work in this field and become hospital or medical facility employees.
Degree programs in medical billing and coding will instruct students on the myriad of ways of dealing with patient records, interpretation, transfers and security legal requirements and ethics. Students will also be taught how to utilize specialized computer software and hardware for digitizing records in the hospital or medical facility.
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- Korey J, LVN, SBBCollege Graduate 2011