New exams test healthcare IT skills of staff members

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Officials from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently announced that the organization will offer a set of exams to help healthcare providers and health information management specialists assess the health information technology (IT) skills of other staff members, HealthLeaders Media reports.

These health information technology professionals exams will measure the skills of faculty in areas such as practice workflow, information management redesign, technical and software support, training and clinician/practitioner consulting.

Officials from the office believe that if professionals are able to test the healthcare IT skills of their staff members, they will be able to judge whether these individuals need further training in various areas of the discipline.

As healthcare becomes more complex and reliant on technology, IT skills are increasing important for a variety of individuals in the field. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that medical records and health information technicians as well as pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will have the best job opportunities if they have computer and technology skills.