Online Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist Training

Become a Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)

In today’s technology-centered healthcare system, electronic health records (EHR) systems are critical to patient care. This 100% online course will train you to use EHR systems and prepare you to pass the Certified Electronic Health Records (CEHR) certification exam.

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Kevin Feeley
BS in Electrical Engineering
HVCC Class of 2005

Job Outlook Electronic Health Records Specialists

  • Medical records technicians and health record specialists have ample job opportunities. According to, demand for health records professionals is expected to grow by 13.5% between now and 2026.
  • According to, health records specialists earn $49,000 per year on average.

Online Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist Training FAQs

Electronic health records (EHR) are portable records of a patient’s healthcare experience. This helps doctors see and treat patients more efficiently and may help reduce errors in medical procedures and their documentation.

EHR specialists focus on the electronic documentation of the patient’s care and condition. Common EHR job activities may include:

  • Auditing patient records for compliance with government or insurance requirements
  • Abstracting clinical information for reporting purposes
  • Performing basic coding for reimbursement claims
  • Processing Release of Information (ROI) requests for medical records
  • Reviewing patient records for completion and accuracy
  • Collecting patient information for demographic and insurance reports
  • Discussing patient information with physicians and insurance professionals

Because electronic records are held and updated online, EHR specialist is considered an option for a remote or home-based career. reports that most employers will require that remote team members have a strong, secure internet connection and most will require certification.

Online Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist Training Objectives

  • Prepare to take and pass the CEHR exam, offered by the National Healthcareer Association
  • Receive a broad overview of the electronic health records (EHR) systems
  • Gain hands-on experience using real EHR software
  • Summarize the HIPAA Privacy Rule and HIPAA Security Rule
  • Explain the information contained in various medical records
  • Demonstrate how to write a chief complaint and obtain a patient history
  • Establish the appropriate EHR procedure for a healthcare practice
  • Track of vital information such as patient allergies and medications
  • Communicate with patients and report public health information

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, you will need a high school diploma or GED in order to take the CEHRS exam.
You have 6 months of access to this course.


  • An Overview of EHR and CEHRS

    What is an EHR; the role of a CEHRS in a medical practice

  • Introduction to Harris Caretracker

    Main elements of Harris CareTracker and major parts of a client chart, claims submission, and payment process

  • History of EHRS

    EHR origins in practice management systems and federal initiatives to promote EHR adoption

  • Steps to EHR Implementation

    Assess, plan, select, and implement

  • The EHR Framework

    EHR architecture, hardware, software, networks and interfaces, human-computer interface (user) devices, and hybrid health records

  • HIPAA Requirements and EHR systems

    What HIPAA is and how it impacts CEHRS; HIPAA privacy and security rules

  • The EHR and Record Content

    Record purposes, standards, formats and types of data; medical record content and documentation

  • Lists, Treatment Plans, Orders, and Results

    Summary lists in the office workflow; functional, content, and vocabulary standards

  • Patient Visit Management

    The EHR in an office workflow; master patient index, service payment information, and scheduling

  • Coding, Billing and Practice Reports

    Coding and billing workflow and the EHR; code sets and clinical vocabularies

  • Patient Communications

    Patient-focused communication; patient portals and personal health records

  • Practice Reports, Research, Registries and Reportable Events

    Medical product development and practice requirements; registries and reportable events

  • Personal Health Records and Continuing Care Records

    Ensuring continuity of care between providers; ongoing training and technical support of EHR software


Jennifer Della’Zanna
Jennifer Della'Zanna has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, having worked as a medical transcriptionist, practice administrator, biller, and coding specialist. She writes courses and study guides on the use of technology in health care and regularly contributes to publications about health issues. Della’Zanna is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders and the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Albright College.

Rachael Delekta
Rachael Delekta earned an MBA in Healthcare Administration and is a Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist. Delekta has been in the health care field for over 10 years. She has worked mostly on the insurance side of the industry, as a customer service manager for dental insurance, a claims and customer service coach, and a workers’ compensation case management biller and auditor. She works daily with medical records and healthcare software.

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