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8 Health IT Certifications That Pack Career Power

You don't always need a master's program to break into health IT. These non-degree programs offer viable options for many job seekers.
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Representing technical professionals who specialize in health IT, Salt Lake City-based American Society of Health Informatics Managers (ASHIM) awards the CHISP designation to people who have demonstrated skills in computer science, healthcare regulations, data security, data mining, healthcare operational principles, basic medical terminology, health insurance billing, and certain healthcare-specific technologies. According to ASHIM, "CHISP tells the hiring manager that a professional understands health IT and both the healthcare and IT industries."

To sit for the CHISP exam, candidates must have at least three years of experience related to hardware, software, data, or clinical IT. Alternatively, less experienced individuals who take ASHIM's professional training program, as well as those with a degree in computer science or Microsoft or Cisco certification, are eligible to take the CHISP exam.

Typical CHISP designees work as EHR implementation specialists, practice consultants, workflow analysts, network engineers, clinical software trainers, and help desk and application analysts.

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10/14/2012 | 5:21:29 AM
re: 8 Health IT Certifications That Pack Career Power
I actually quite prefer people who have had outside IT experience. They often bring a fresh perspective that's so needed in Health IT.
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10/3/2012 | 7:29:07 PM
re: 8 Health IT Certifications That Pack Career Power
What do you consider real world experience? Do you include IT people with decades of programming, project management, etc. - or do you only look at people who have piles of time in health care also? My frustration comes from hiring managers and recruiters who don't care what 'outside' IT experience you have if it wasn't in hospitals and the like - even though you've taken ONC training to prepare you for the health care environment.
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pbug,
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10/3/2012 | 7:26:45 PM
re: 8 Health IT Certifications That Pack Career Power
Rumor has it that one of these years the HIT Pro exams that come after ONC training might actually lead to a certification. BUT, and it's a big but, many hospital groups do not see any value at all in this training or exam set, and will only hire people with clinical experience OR maybe heavy hospital IT experience. Too many people I've talked to who've gone through this have not found any jobs they are considered qualified for even though they are IT professionals with lots of project management experience - they don't have it in hospitals, so the training 'doesn't count' to many recruiters.
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9/30/2012 | 5:35:32 AM
re: 8 Health IT Certifications That Pack Career Power
It's great that these certifications are also requiring real world experience before certifying. When looking at candidates, I like to see that they have actually been in the field and know what it's like. I want them to not just be able to talk the talk, which is what many of the certifications I've seen out there are. I've seen quite a few applicants with no real world experience but with a certificate try to apply for rather high-level jobs, it seems a bit strange. I will definitely be writing these certifications down to give a second look at when reviewing resumes.
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