18 Dec Top Healthcare IT Certifications for 2014
The healthcare industry is growing at a vigorous pace thanks to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and the Affordable Healthcare Act. Accordingly, some of the hottest jobs within the industry are increasingly listing various certifications as requirements.
Whether you want to be VP of Clinical Consulting or a Healthcare Integration Analyst, having a credential on your resume can boost your chances of getting the job you want, not to mention help increase your income.
Top HIT Certifications for Executive Level Job Seekers
For higher-level positions such as Chief Medical Information Officer and VP-level and above Data Analytics or Security officers, the following certifications are recommended:
- Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). Offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), this certification is for executive level specialists. Qualifications for certification include a BA in health information management from an accredited program.
- Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS). Offered by the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). This certification requires a BA and 5+ years’ professional experience. It covers the healthcare and technological environment, systems, and administration.
Top HIT Certifications for Non-Executive Level Job Seekers
For non-executive level job seekers, there are many different certifications offered by many different providers. However, there are a few that will be in high demand in 2014 and beyond.
- Certified Health Informatics Systems Professional (CHISP). Offered by the American Society of Health Informatics Managers (ASHIM). To qualify for this certification, you need:
- Degree in computer science OR
- Certification in Microsoft or Cisco OR
- 3 years’ professional experience OR
- Completion of ASHIM’s training program
- CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician. Offered by the IT industry’s association CompTIA, this certification has a prerequisite of the CompTIA A+ exam or 500+ hours healthcare experience. It covers:
- Regulatory requirements
- Organizational behavior
- IT operations
- Healthcare business operations
- Registered Health Information Technician. Offered by AHIMA, this has a prerequisite of Associate’s level course completion in healthcare information management. It covers basic skills for individuals who are just breaking into the healthcare IT industry.