I’m not sure how to respond to the recently launched HIT Pro competency exam by HHS and ONC. Here’s a quote from the website:
The future of health IT starts with the HIT Pro competency exam. For a limited time, the exam is free to U.S. citizens who have completed a Workforce Development non-degree training program or to professionals with relevant experience or other training. Click here to see Frequently Asked Questions and the list of community colleges offering the program.
I assume this is an extension of the healthcare IT community college education programs that they’ve funded. I’m just not sure how the government offering this competency exam is going to provide value. Are employers going to look upon this exam as a benchmark for hiring? Check out this list of things that an HIT Pro exam candidate will be:
Typical HIT Pro exam candidates will be:
*Experienced healthcare or IT professionals
*Seeking to expand their career options by leading the new wave of EHR implementation and management
*Motivated to learn, determined to succeed
I’m sure this is the case for many HIT Pro exam candidates. However, how does an exam check if they’re motivated to learn and determined to succeed?
Sometimes I wonder what the people are thinking that put a program like this in place.