Coder (HIM) - Regular Full Time Opportunities

Providence Health Care

Providence Health Care

Software Engineering
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2023

Providence Health Care’s Health Information Management team is hiring!

Learn more about the Health Information Management team, check us out here: http://www.himconnect.ca/


We acknowledge that Providence Health Care & the new St. Paul’s Hospital site is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.


What does the Health Information Management team do?

Health Information Management (HIM) is a leader in the collection, storage, and distribution of patient information within British Columbia. Our dedicated team of professionals are some of the first points of contact at Health Organizations sites. As a consolidated Lower Mainland department of Providence Health Care, HIM has staff at about 40 geographically dispersed locations across Fraser Health, Providence Health Care, Provincial Health Services Authority and Vancouver Coastal Health.

Approximately 1,450 staff working the following Service Areas: Registration, Records Management, Transcription Services, Health Information Exchange, and Coding.​ Additional Corporate Services include: Strategic Planning, Projects & Business Optimization, Culture & Communications. There is room for growth and development and we aim to support our teams to flourish.


What you will do:
Coding and Informatics services analyze patient health information and assign standardized codes to create structured data, which is then used internally for decision-making, performance measurement, quality improvement and externally for hospital funding, clinical research, and national benchmarking. Users who access this data include:

  • Nationally by CIHI
  • Provincially by BC Health Authorities
  • Hospital sites key indicator report cards and score cards
  • Physicians determining the complexity of patient populations
  • Hospital Programs and clinicians for outcomes.
  • Administration
  • Senior leadership
  • Committees
  • Researchers

Reporting to the Coding Coordinator, the Coder (Health Information Administrator 1) assists in the presentation of statistical information and participates on organizational committees by providing advice regarding codes, classification, mapping and data collection.

In addition, the successful applicant will:

  • Process corrections for abstracts for data quality.
  • Maintain the computerized abstracting system.
  • Participate in continuous quality improvement activities.
  • Provide data related to specific projects and/or assignments as requested

What we offer:

  • The salary and benefits for this position is in accordance with union wage grid – HSA.
  • CHIMA annual fees for employees covered by the HSPBA collective agreement will be paid for by Health Information Management (HIM).
  • A chance to grow professionally and personally, as part of a supportive team driven by innovation and the desire to address the future health needs of patients, families and our communities.
  • Status (Regular/Temporary, Full Time/Part Time) and remote or in-person opportunities vary by site.

If you don’t meet all the qualifications listed above, we do encourage you to still apply. We review all applications and welcome related experience to add to the diversity of our workforce. Joining PHC now is a chance to immerse yourself in a culturally collaborative, compassionate and innovative workplace. You will play a key role being part of healthcare team that addresses the needs of our community. You will broaden your expertise, increase your knowledge and have opportunities for professional growth.

Qualifications / Skills and Education

About you:

The successful applicant must have:

  • Graduated from an approved Health Information Management Program.
  • Canadian College of Health Information Management (CHIM) Certified and current active membership with the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA).
  • Demonstrated ability to code/abstract in the current CIHI and BC Ministry of Health standard classification system.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computerized coding and abstracting systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of pathophysiology.
  • Excellent ability to communicate verbally and in writing, work effectively with others, and interpersonal skills

Duties and Responsibilities

Performs coding and abstracting duties such as CIHI Discharge Abstract Database, the Trauma Registry, the Canadian Neonatal Network, the BC Perinatal Database and other Coding databases according to established guidelines and BC Ministry of Health requirements to provide a current and accurate hospital database for statistics and/or research purposes by methods such as utilizing computerized systems.

Ensures data quality of assigned work by performing duties such as reviewing the data capture for accuracy and completeness. Assesses quality of documentation within the patient record to ensure accurate coding and abstracting.

Participates in the development of data definitions, data modeling and design activities to support appropriate information availability in the health record.

Completes period end function and system updates/corrections by performing duties such as reviewing patient files to ensure every patient discharged has been coded and abstracted appropriately, checking the computerized Admission, Discharge and Transfer System against the computerized abstracting system to ensure that all discharge functions have been captured and following-up on discrepancies.

Participates in continuous quality improvement activities and service excellence by performing duties such as making recommendations to the Coding Coordinator and participating in implementing changes as required.

Provides data related to specific projects as requested such as generic screening and quality indicators for research, clinical and administrative assignments by performing duties such as receiving requests, collecting and analyzing data and statistical information and forwarding to designated personnel as required.

Assists in the presentation of statistical information to parties such as other hospital departments, committees and outside agencies by performing duties such as retrieving data and statistical information, analyzing data and conducting presentations as required.

Assists the Clinical Analysts in the maintenance of clinical databases.

Assists in clinical mapping and various activities related to structured data.

Provides input into policies and procedures by participating in the examination of the existing policies to determine if updating is required, reviewing work processes to identify problems and inefficiencies for discussion, evaluating technical literature/material to identify new or revised procedures/equipment to improve operations, and making recommendations into the development of, or changes to, selected policies, procedures or protocols. Prepares new or revised forms for review and consideration by the Coding Coordinator.

Participates on organizational committees by performing duties such as acting as a liaison and resource person for Health Information Management to other departments, providing advice to departments regarding codes, classification and data collection and making recommendations as required.

Maintains an acceptable level of expertise in health information management through the review of literature, contact with peer professionals and attendance at educational sessions. Acts as a data resource person for the clinical programs by demonstrating procedures to staff and providing information to system users.

Provides orientation to students and new staff by demonstrating and providing opportunity to observe health record administration processes and procedures.

Collects and reports workload data.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Vaccination Flag

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.