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CompTIA HIT-001 Healthcare IT Technician Exam

Know Healthcare Terminology & Regulatory Requirements

When a job opening is placed for an HIT technician, the job applicants are IT people. Some if not most of these applicants have little to no healthcare knowledge. The few healthcare workers who switched from healthcare to IT are extremely valuable because they can explain to the rest of us IT folks about how the technology we are designing and supporting affect the end user.

Is this healthcare or IT? It’s an honest question that many are struggling to decide.

Most HIT technicians I worked with are IT people who specialized in HIT. Most of my coworkers found HIT by accident! My own story confirms this. I was looking for a job in IT to get some real-world experience after I had earned CompTIA’s A+ certification. I looked for a job in all different fields of IT, and accepted an offer to work on the service desk of a healthcare company. I had to learn on the job the knowledge that the HIT-001 Healthcare IT Technician certification examines. I took online classes about medical terminology. I relied on coworkers to share their experience to teach me about organizational behavior and medical business operations. I even called my sisters, who are physicians, to ask what a term meant when a nurse was trying to explain to me which lab results were not printing.  However, the skills I most relied on to help me accomplish my job were my IT skills and resourcefulness to find answers to healthcare related questions.

Exam Taking Tips

After You Pass the HIT Exam

Earning other certifications can help you to achieve your goal of working in Healthcare IT. The HIT-001 Healthcare IT Technician certification covers many security concepts, but the CompTIA Security+ certification demonstrates deeper knowledge in:

  • Network security
  • Compliance and operational security
  • Threats and vulnerabilities
  • Application, data and host security
  • Access control and identity management
  • Cryptography.

The CompTIA Network+ certification is helpful, also. While the HIT-001 Healthcare IT Technician certification covers many networking concepts, the Network+ certification demonstrates deeper knowledge in:

  • Network technologies
  • Installation and configuration
  • Media and topologies
  • Network management
  • Network security

The HIT-001 Healthcare IT Technician certification establishes that you, as a job applicant for a new job or promotion, have the knowledge and skillset needed to be an HIT technician as an Implementation support specialist or Technical/software support specialist.  The need to meet this job market demand continues to grow as healthcare facilities seek to meet HITECH Act requirements of meaningful use of HIT technology. To help you prepare for an IT job in a healthcare world, earn your certifications in A+, HIT-001 Healthcare IT Technician, Security+, and Network+.

Joy Dark

About the Author

Joy Dark knows HIT. She's worked in the healthcare IT field in several capacities, most recently as a support operations specialist helping to design support protocols and structures as well as manage the transition of support when hospitals convert information systems. She's also coauthor of the CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician HIT-001 Authorized Cert Guide, which helps you master all the topics on the Healthcare IT Technician HIT-001 exam.