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Cristina Anzellotti - Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Running a hospital or a healthcare facility on a daily basis is no easy task. It entails the administration of a 24-hour enterprise that has no holidays, or vacation or even days off. As these institutions are always open, regardless of the conditions both internally and externally, and therefore there is a need for day-to-day administration, on the hour without fail. People who are tasked in running these facilities are collectively known as medical administrators, or simply administrators. Their main goal is to ensure that hospitals and healthcare facilities are running smoothly. Part of their job also entails for them to know medical terminology and procedures, the performance of highly specialized work and assisting physicians and other medical practitioners with records of patients’ histories, admission to the facility, transfers and even the procurement of necessary supplies needed in the daily operations. Moreover, familiarity and a working knowledge are also required of them in terms of insurance policies and guidelines, billing rules and other procedures in the hospital or facility.

medical administrator Entry-level positions in medical administration may be offered or may accept people with a valid high school diploma but those who are aspiring for administrative positions in offices would need specialized training programs to fit the needs of the job. These training programs include basic courses in medical terminology, administration, medical office procedures, the management medical records and their retrieval systems and the coding of medical records. These trainings can be obtained through an affiliate training agency or through community colleges. Certifications can also be obtained, as with these, a higher salary range is almost assured.

Although the job seems to be enticing enough for those who are considering a career in it, one has to consider that this is a job that requires prolonged sitting and being inside the confines in an office for most of the working hours. Also, because of the need to document, review and analyze some records in relation to hospital administration, the job also requires one to be proficient in the use of computers, have good typing skills and impeccable grammar and spelling skills. All these have to be put into thorough consideration plus of course the risks of the job such as eyestrain, stress, and possibility of back and posture problems and carpal tunnel syndrome due to prolonged sitting and working in front of a computer.

Cristina Anzellotti