Best Healthcare IT Certifications For 2016

Best Healthcare IT Certifications For 2016
By , Mary Lemons

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. Although the recession caused a few years of slow growth, U.S. healthcare spending markedly increased in 2014 and 2015. Although healthcare IT spending growth declined slightly in 2015 (according to Gartner, that's tied in part to the strength of the dollar worldwide), there will still be plenty of jobs in healthcare IT.

And that's why it also 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

CertSimplyHiredIndeedDiceLinkedInTechCareersJustTechJobsTotal
CAHIMS/
CPHIMS
706422372168
CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician11950000124
CPHIT28010011
HCISSP2815266158
RHIA*8,0031,5999383241,46611,484

* RHIA results include a large number of employers hiring for coding positions that list the RHIA as a preferred certification.

Now let's take a closer look at the top five healthcare IT certifications for 2016.

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