Health care IT continues to rise as health systems make bigger investments in technology and security. Today, numerous certifications, offered by a mix of IT industry vendors and health care-focused organizations, specifically target IT professionals for health care.
Credit: ShutterstockMoney spent on health care in the United States represents roughly 18 percent of the entire economy. Going forward, the health care industry is expected to continue to grow at a rate of 5 percent annually per capita. As a result, there will still be plenty of jobs in health care IT.
And that's why it also should come as no surprise that there are numerous certifications that specifically target IT for health care. Likewise, it's reasonable to expect this number to grow, both in sponsoring organizations and in the number of credentials available.
The size and growth of this market also explains the certifying bodies that cover IT. We see a mix of industry organizations, such as (ISC)², that track gross economic and employment trends very carefully. In addition, there is a handful of IT organizations, with IT professionals at the helm, that are focused on health care.
The results of an informal job search below give you an idea of the relative frequency with which our top five certifications appear in actual job postings. The Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certs are obviously the most desirable to employers as evidenced by their huge numbers compared to other certs.
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* RHIA results include a large number of employers hiring for coding positions that list the RHIA as a preferred certification.
Salary expectations within IT healthcare vary depending on the job role. For example, SimplyHired reports average salaries for IT professionals working as health care technicians, health care help desk specialists or help desk technicians as being in the mid-30s with highs in the upper 50s and low 60s. Those engaged in desktop support roles can expect to earn between $39,907 and $48,287. Health care IT professionals engaged in management roles command the highest salaries, with reported average earnings of almost $84,000 that top out near $150,000.
Here, then are the five best health care IT certifications for 2017, in no particular order.
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- Top 5 Healthcare IT Certs
- RHIA: Registered Health Information Administrator
- RHIT: Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)
- HCISPP: HealthCare Information Security And Privacy Practitioner
- CAHIMS And CPHIMS From HIMSS
- CPHIT: Certified Professional in Health Information Technology
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