New Healthcare IT Certification Program

Posted on August 3, 2011 I Written By

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First we started with EHR certification. Then, we got meaningful use attestation. We also have the HIT professionl Competency exam. Now, we have a new healthcare IT certification program.

If you’ve read my posts for any amount of time, then you probably know how I feel about certifications in general. I don’t like them. They offer such little value to the end user and often mislead people into trusting someone or something for something that the certification doesn’t even represent.

With that understanding, I can’t say I’m that much more excited about this new HIT certification program. However, I do think it’s an interesting package that they’ve put together between EMR Approved, HITECH answers, and HIELIX. Let’s call it what it really is, a great way for these 3 groups to sell more product.

I’m not sure how much this new HIT certification costs and what exactly they’re offering people who do it. So, it’s hard for me to say if it’s worth it for someone to participate. I know the HITECH answers people put out some quality information about the HITECH act. That’s likely the most relevant information for most IT firms trying to enter the EHR and EMR market. HIELIX might be a great product, but there are other free options out there like EMR Consultant. Plus, the EMR selection process is so personal that an automated solution isn’t very good.

I’ll be interested to see how well this HIT certification program does. Will they be able to create a brand that will last? That seems to be the key to having a great certification.