CompTIA introduces HIT technician certificate

By Diana Manos
12:10 PM

CompTIA, the non-profit trade association for the IT industry, is now offering a new professional credential aimed at health information technology professionals who install, manage and troubleshoot EHR systems.

According to CompTIA, the new 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 EHR systems are used.

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CompTIA officials said the new certificate will be especially useful for job roles identified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) as being critical in helping providers transition to EHRs, including implementation support specialists and technical and software support staff.

Eighty-four community colleges across the country are now offering classes that address the six healthcare IT job roles developed by ONC. Students who successfully complete the implementation support specialist and technical/software support staff courses can validate their knowledge by attaining the CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician certificate.

The federal government has estimated 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.

According to Terry Erdle, executive vice president, skills certification at CompTIA, the new HIT employment opportunities will be hybrid jobs requiring a mix of healthcare knowledge and high-tech expertise.

“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,” said Erdle.

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CompTIA recommends that individuals interested in the healthcare 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 regulatory requirements, organizational behavior, IT operations, medical business operations and security. Complete exam objectives are available on the CompTIA certification website

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