Office administrators will perform office functions that support the staff to include overseeing operations across their organization’s office. They are responsible for welcoming visitors, coordinating meetings, appointments and directing various administrative projects. Their knowledge base is with the type of business setting (ex: accounting firm, administrative sections of hospital such as Engineering, etc.).
Medical administrators will perform office functions that support the staff to include day-to-day operations of a practice. This includes managing patient files, billing and insurance, scheduling appointments, and handling communications with doctors and patients. The job role can vary depending on the size and type of medical office.
The big difference is the medical knowledge. This can include certain medical terminology, coding, working with insurance companies, etc.
Administrative tasks vary from office to office, even within a specific industry. You will likely need to learn specialized programs and functions for each office you work in. There are fairly standard tasks that you can expect to do at an administrative job, like organization, filing, answering phone calls, scheduling, planning, and more.