Why CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician?

by Jennifer Babich | Jul 27, 2011

Editorial Update: CompTIA retired its Healthcare IT exam in 2017. CompTIA A+ can help health care professionals gain the IT skills they need to protect patient data.

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 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. The certificate validates knowledge of healthcare and IT on these key topics:

  • Regulatory requirements
  • Organizational behavior
  • IT operations
  • Medical business operations
  • Security 

6 Comments

  • Ivan Morris

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    What has become of the cert."Healthcare IT". I have my healthcare cert. Is it of any use to me? Please let me know. What has replaced it.

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Hi, Ivan! Thanks for your question. We retired Healthcare IT earlier this year and have not replaced it, although the skills covered by CompTIA A+ would be beneficial for someone working in health care. Don't worry - your hard work did not go to waste. Your certification is considered good for life. Read more here: https://certification.comptia.org/help/previous-comptia-certifications-programs/retired-comptia-certifications

  • Robin Davis

    Friday, November 3, 2017

    Was the HIT certification retired in January 2017 or later in the year?

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    Hi, Robin! CompTIA retired Healthcare IT in February 2017. If you earned it before then, it's considered Good for Life. You can read more here: https://certification.comptia.org/help/previous-comptia-certifications-programs/retired-comptia-certifications

  • Kim

    Thursday, November 9, 2017

    Hello, I have been in the medical field for 25 years and I want to transition into the IT world. What would my first step be?

  • Monday, November 13, 2017

    Hi, Kim! Many healthcare IT employers are looking for job candidates with a combination of clinical and IT skills. With 25 years in the medical field, you may very well have the clinical background that employers are seeking. Adding CompTIA A+ to your resume can help you balance that background by validating skills that establish a foundation of IT expertise. A+ combined with your medical background could position you well for a technical support role in a health care setting. Good luck!

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