Best Healthcare IT Certifications For 2015

Best Healthcare IT Certifications For 2015

Healthcare IT continues to rise as health systems make bigger investments in technology and security. Today there are a number of certifications that specifically target IT for healthcare from a mix of IT industry vendors as well as healthcare-focused organizations.

Money spent on healthcare in the United States represents roughly 18 percent of the entire U.S. economy. According to a report from the Deloitte Center For Health Solutions on National Healthcare Expenditure (NHE), national health spending reached $3.8 trillion in 2014 and is expected to increase to $4 trillion in 2015. Also promising is that global healthcare IT spending is continuing to move upward, expected to have cost $32.16 billion in 2014 (according to Gartner), which reflects 5 percent growth. The trend is expected to continue, and that means there will be plenty of jobs in healthcare IT.

That's why it should come as no surprise that there are numerous certifications that specifically target IT for healthcare. Likewise, it's reasonable to expect this number to grow, both in terms of sponsoring organizations and in the number of credentials on offer, in the years ahead.

The size and growth of this market also explains the composition of the IT certification players, where we see a mix of industry organizations such as CompTIA that track gross economic and employment trends very carefully, along with a handful of healthcare-focused IT organizations, often with a mixture of healthcare and IT professionals at their helms.

Table 1 shows the results of an informal job search we conducted that gives you an idea of the relative frequency with which our top five certs appear in actual job postings. The RHIA cert is obviously most desirable to employers as evidenced by its huge numbers compared to other certs.

Table 1: Job Board Search Results

CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician01694133

Now let's take a closer look at the top five healthcare IT certifications for 2015.

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