The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced a "Health I.T. Professionals Competency Examination," a series of six exams to enable individuals to demonstrate their skill level in various roles and to enable health care organizations and vendors to assess the skills of their I.T. staffs.

The new examination program is funded under the HITECH Act. ONC in April 2010 awarded a $6 million grant to Northern Virginia Community College, which partnered with the American Health Information Management Association and testing firm Pearson VUE to develop the exams.

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