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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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Said to be the first professional certification expressly for healthcare CIOs and IT executives, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) CHCIO designation is "more leadership/executive than technical," according to CHIME education director Suzy Marzano.

Ann Arbor, Mich.-based CHIME turned to healthcare CIOs to develop the exam, which focuses on 13 core tasks, most of which are heavy on leadership. "The exam is trying to get at your analytical skills and your ability to understand complex situations, such as how to respond to a data breach," Marzano explains.

Eligibility is limited to CHIME members with at least a bachelor's degree and who have been a healthcare CIO or equivalent for a minimum of three years. There is also a requirement to complete at least 25 units of continuing education within 12 months of passing the test, then 45 more units every three years. At least half the credits must come from CHIME programs.

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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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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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