The proposed HIPAA security rule as it currently stands does not require any sort of IT personnel certifications, and I can't imagine the final security rule requiring it either. There is, however, a requirement that "technical maintenance personnel" are trained in system security. Perhaps this will be clarified in the final rule. Either way, it's a best practice to ensure that all IT personnel are trained on current and new operating systems, applications and security. Certification could be seen as a side-benefit of that.
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