By an allied health world contributing writer
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What is the importance of RHIT Certification?As access to health care expands and the distribution of information becomes more complex, many organizations are requiring that health information technology professionals possess nationally recognized certifications.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) credentials individuals as Registered Health Information Technologists (RHIT) or as Registered Health Information Administrator’s (RHIA). To receive the RHIT certification, an individual must complete a two-year program at one of the health information technology schools accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), and pass an examination administered by AHIMA.
An RHIT credential tells a prospective employer that an individual has received a standardized education that covers the necessary medical, administrative, data handling and information systems education necessary for the provision of health information management.
What should I consider when looking at health information technology schools?The certification that many employers are now looking for requires attendance at a two year, accredited program. People seeking to be certified as Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT) attend programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Completion of these programs and passing a national exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) allows an individual to receive their RHIT certificate.