Health Record Technician (Release of Information Specialist) - Health Information Services
IWK Health Centre
Kentville, NS, CA, B4N 5E3
1d ago

Req ID : 124814

Company : Nova Scotia Health

Location : Western Zone, Valley Regional Hospital

Department : IMIT HIS Coding AVH

Type of Employment : Casual Casual Relief (3% FTE) x 1 position(s)

Status : Admin Professionals CUPE position

Posting Closing Date : 26-Jan-22

Nova Scotia Health is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia, with some specialized services also offered to clients throughout Atlantic Canada.

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Reporting to and under the direction of the Manager, Health Information Services, Coding & Abstracting / Release of Information and / or designate, the Health Record Technician is responsible for the release of personal health information in accordance with the Personal Health Information Protection Act, (PHIPA) and NSH / Zone Area / hospital policy & providing accurate coding and abstraction of Inpatient, Day Surgery, and Emergency health information.

Release of Information

The Release of Information Specialist is responsible to ensure that patient confidentiality and privacy are maintained prior to the disclosure of patient information.

The individual will have excellent understanding of the privacy legislation, privacy and confidentiality of patient information.

The HIM professional will be able to work independently, be well organized and able to prioritize workload to ensure timely access and disclosure of personal health information.

The individual will have excellent knowledge and experience in an electronic health record environment, as well as a paper-based system.

The individual will demonstrate flexibility and adaptability, demonstrating initiative, identify opportunities for improvement and have excellent communication skills.

The individual will maintain patient confidentiality and have knowledge and understanding of privacy principles.

Travel to other sites may be required.


  • Successful completion of a 2-3 year diploma from a recognized Canada Health Information Management Association recognized program (2085 hours)
  • Certified with the Canadian College of Health Information Management & hold active certified membership in good standing with Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA)
  • Knowledge of National & Provincial legislation and NSHA / Area policies that govern Confidentiality, Privacy, and security of health information and demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality
  • 2 years of experience in the health information management field preferred
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and professional development including completion of 36 continuing education credits every three years post-graduation
  • Current knowledge of data collection standard including Canadian Institute of Health Information standards (i.e. Discharge Abstract Database, National Ambulatory Care Reporting System, Management Information System)
  • Knowledge of health information systems (3M, Discharge Abstract Database, National Ambulatory Reporting system, & ADT system (MEDITECH / STAR)
  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills and good judgement
  • Demonstrated attention to detail
  • Demonstrated communication, interpersonal, collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Demonstrated accountability, initiative and ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated planning, organizing, prioritizing and time management skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs- Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Lync & Outlook calendar
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
  • PLEASE NOTE : Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application.

    Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information

    A ROI skills test will be administered as part of the selection process. Only applicants achieving a mark of 60% will advance to the interview process

    Casual Relief

    Some travel may be required to Soldiers Memorial Hospital (1-2 times per month) or Annapolis (rarely)

    Shifts would be Monday to Friday - 7.5 hour day shifts

    Salary Information

    $25.52 - $27.43 hourly

    Once You've Applied

    Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Some opportunities may be eligible for our Employee Referral Program.

    If a Nova Scotia Health employee refers a candidate who is not working for the organization and the candidate is hired, the employee who made the referral may be eligible to earn up to $1000.

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    This is a Admin Professionals bargaining unit - CUPE position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions.

    Employees are encouraged to view their seniority hours and dates in their SuccessFactors online profile. Successful applicants changing unions, bargaining units or employment status, are advised to seek clarification regarding their seniority, benefits, and vacation entitlement and / or usage, prior to accepting the position.

    As per the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Protocol in High-Risk Settings, Nova Scotia Health requires all team members to be fully vaccinated by November 30th, 2021.

    Nova Scotia Health is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve.

    Our priority groups are Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians, People of Colour, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ and Immigrants.

    Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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