The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released a set of competency exams created to more easily identify expert-level IT professionals.
ONC unveils health IT competency exams
"The exams allow individuals to demonstrate their level of skill in competencies identified as essential for key health IT professional workforce roles," according to an e-mailed notice from the ONC. The exams also will let providers assess current staff members' health IT competency, according to the notice.
The exams became available May 20 and cover six primary roles: clinician/practitioner consultant, implementation manager, implementation support specialist, practice workflow and information management redesign specialist, technical/software support staff and trainer. Additional information about the tests is available at HHS' HIT Pro exams website.
More than 27,000 health IT professionals, including those who trained in the ONC's Community College Consortia health IT training program, are eligible to take an exam free of charge. The cost without a voucher will be $299 for the first exam and $199 for each additional one.
"Hospitals, health professionals, vendors and even ONC grantees will benefit from knowing they are employing professionals with a proven skill set," ONC head Farzad Mostashari said in the release.
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