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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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Independent of government or membership organizations, Health IT Certification, a company based in Salem, Ore., has an eight-year history in testing professional competency.

Today, Health IT Certification has four programs and credentials:

-- Certified Professional in Health Information Technology (CPHIT).

-- Certified Professional in Electronic Health Records (CPEHR).

-- Certified Professional in Health Information Exchange (CPHIE).

-- Certified Professional in Operating Rules Administration (CPORA).

Founded in 2004 with the HIT and EHR certifications, the group has trained more than 3,600 people since then. Health IT Certification added CPHIE in 2008, which includes governance issues and modules for public health and personal health records. CPORA recently launched in response to the "operating rules" for HIPAA transactions called for in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

"Some of the professional associations think we compete with them," said Steven Lazarus, president and founder of Boundary Information Group, a consortium of health IT consulting firms that created Health IT Certification. But he sees a distinction.

"We take a multi-stakeholder approach," said Lazarus, noting that the company updates its curriculum at least once a year. "We are very nimble and flexible," added Lazarus, a former chair of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange and onetime Medical Group Management Association executive.

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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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