A new professional credential aimed at information technology (IT) professionals who install, manage, and troubleshoot electronic health records systems for the nation’s healthcare providers is now available from CompTIA, the Downers Grove, Ill.-based non-profit 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 CompTIA Healthcare IT certificate closely maps to two job roles for skilled health IT specialists identified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT as being critical in helping healthcare 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 healthcare 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 CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician certificate.