We all hear the buzz about healthcare – EHR/EMR, HIPAA, PHI and the other acronyms in the space. But what does it mean for IT professionals? What are the job opportunities? How do you show employers you have the unique skills required to work in IT in a healthcare setting?
According to a recent survey by Capstone, 63 percent of responding physician group practices expect to replace their current practice management system with an integrated electronic health record system (EHRS). And 70 percent of those not purchasing say they already have an EHR that will be certified for meaningful use. Those systems will all need support from IT technicians.
Employers need a way to identify candidates with the right skills to fill these jobs and potential HIT technicians need a way to show employers they have the knowledge and skills required to support the implementation and maintenance of HIT systems, including EHRS, in various clinical settings. That is where the new CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician certificate can help.
The CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician certification will show that the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to implement, deploy, and support Health IT systems in the healthcare field. Successful candidates will understand regulatory requirements, healthcare terminology/acronyms, and possess a basic understanding of practice workflow while adhering to code of conduct policies and security best practices, in order to support Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems in medical facilities.
Now is an ideal time to become a Healthcare IT Technician; the U.S. Dept. of Labor forecasts that the healthcare IT job market will grow by 21% through 2020, making health care the fastest growing service sector for new IT jobs. Earning your CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician certificate is a distinctive step toward a career in healthcare information technology. Colleges, universities and private computer schools offer a range of healthcare IT training programs, as well as accredited degrees and certificates that align with the Healthcare IT Technician credential. Compare the top-rated healthcare IT training programs in the U.S. and online below.
Key skills and knowledge areas covered by this exam include the following. CompTIA Healthcare IT Technicians can:
The typical student for this course is an experienced IT professional in a role such as desktop support technician, network administrator, systems administrator, or database administrator, who is looking for opportunities within the healthcare industry or may already be working within the healthcare industry. Such students want to prove through certification that they have the knowledge and skills required to implement, deploy, and support healthcare IT systems.
What You Will Learn
The certificate gives IT technicians background in HIT standards, regulations and workflows, so they can understand the healthcare environment. In addition to the recommended prerequisite CompTIA A+ (or equivalent 500 hours of hands-on IT technical experience ), successful candidates will understand healthcare terminology/acronyms, and possess a basic understanding of practice workflows while adhering to code of conduct policies and security best practices, in order to support Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems in medical facilities.