Downers Grove, Ill. — Aug. 1
A new professional credential aimed at IT professionals who install, manage and troubleshoot electronic health records systems for the nation’s health care providers is now available from CompTIA, the nonprofit trade association for the IT industry.
The CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician certificate is a vendor- and technology-neutral credential that validates the operational, regulatory and security knowledge necessary to provide hardware and software support in medical environments where electronic health record (EHR) systems are used.
“The federal government estimates that upwards of 50,000 new health care IT professionals are needed in the next few years to service the thousands of health care practices expected to implement EHR systems,” said Terry Erdle, executive vice president, skills certification, CompTIA.
“These new employment opportunities will be hybrid jobs requiring a mix of health care knowledge and high-tech expertise,” he said. “The CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician credential covers both categories and will identify professionals with the knowledge and skills required to support the implementation and maintenance of health care IT systems, including EHRs, in a broad range of clinical settings.”
The CompTIA certificate closely maps two job roles for skilled health IT specialists identified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT as being critical in helping health care providers transition to EHRs. These job roles are implementation support specialists and technical and software support staff.
Eighty-four community colleges across the country are now offering classes that address the six health care IT job roles developed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Students who successfully complete the implementation support specialist and technical/software support staff courses can validate their knowledge by attaining the certificate.
CompTIA recommends that individuals interested in the health care IT certificate also hold CompTIA A+ certification, which validates foundation-level knowledge and skills for PC support, installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting.
The CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician certificate exam covers the following areas:
• Regulatory requirements.
• Organizational behavior.
• IT operations.
• Medical business operations.