As part of the $118 million health IT workforce program funded by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) created the HIT Pro competency exams and certificates to recognize skills in those who have completed non-degree health IT training at any of 82 community colleges nationwide. People who have been trained elsewhere or who have professional experience may sit for the exams, too.
The six exams support various roles intended to help organizations as they work toward earning Medicare and Medicaid bonus payments for achieving Meaningful Use of EHRs:
-- Practice workflow and information management redesign specialists.
-- Clinician/practitioner consultants.
-- Implementation support specialists.
-- Implementation managers.
-- Technical/software support.
ONC currently offers the HIT Pro exams for free.