CompTIA, a professional association for the information technology industry, is now offering a credential for individuals seeking to provide hardware and software support in medical environments, including work on electronic health-record systems.
CompTIA offers health IT technician credential
"The federal government estimates that upwards of 50,000 new healthcare IT professionals are needed in the next few years to service the thousands of healthcare practices expected to implement EHR systems," Terry Erdle, executive vice president for skills certification at the Downers Grove, Ill.-based not-for-profit organization, said in a CompTIA news release.
"These new employment opportunities will be hybrid jobs requiring a mix of healthcare knowledge and high-tech expertise," Erdle 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 healthcare IT systems, including EHRs, in a broad range of clinical settings." CompTIA describes the credential as vendor- and technology-neutral.
The certificate exam covers regulatory requirements, organizational behavior, IT operations, medical business operations and security. According to CompTIA, the test "closely maps" and could serve as an external validation of skills for two job roles—implementation support specialists and technical and software support staff—that are among six targeted occupations for which HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has established federally funded, community-college-based training programs across the country under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Exam objectives are available on the CompTIA certification website.
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