Clinical Coder Kaiwhakararangi Tohu Hauora

Clinical coders convert information in patient discharge notes into health classification codes. This information is used for research and to plan health funding and services.

Clinical coders may do some or all of the following:

  • analyse patient discharge records to match codes to disease, injuries or medical procedures
  • use coding software to process and code patient discharge records
  • consult with clinical staff, such as doctors, to verify discharge records
  • keep up to date with health classification codes and coding software
  • take part in coding audits and peer reviews
  • answer public queries
  • work with the Ministry of Health to solve coding issues.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for clinical coders includes:

  • work in nursing, medicine, biological sciences or other health services
  • a health-related clerical background such as medical secretary or reception work
  • work in computing and statistics.

Personal Qualities

Clinical coders need to be:

  • good at managing time
  • skilled at problem solving
  • good at seeing patterns
  • excellent communicators, with good people skills
  • responsible, with the ability to keep information confidential
  • accurate, with an eye for detail.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for clinical coders includes:

  • work in nursing, medicine, biological sciences or other health services
  • a health-related clerical background such as medical secretary or reception work
  • work in computing and statistics.

Subject Recommendations

A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include biology, chemistry, digital technologies, maths and English. 

Clinical Coders can earn around $39K-$63K per year per year.

Clinical coders may progress within hospitals to become auditors, data analysts, clinical coding team leaders or coding managers.

Clinical Coder

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