For people in healthcare, it’s easy to believe that credentialing is exclusive to the industry, but in reality, we are all credentialed as part of our everyday lives. Anyone with a driver’s license, voting card, airline rewards card, social security number, marriage license, or insurance card uses credentials every day to prove who they are and what they are qualified to do.
Many professionals outside of healthcare are required to carry credentials in order to work in their professions. Teaching credentials verify that a teacher is qualified to teach a certain subject or at a particular grade level. Drivers who operate trucks designed to carry 26,000 pounds or more are required to carry a commercial driver’s license [CDL]. Daycare centers and preschools conduct background checks on employees to help ensure the safety of the children in their care. Employers use the credentials of applicants (i.e., high school diplomas, college degrees, certifications) to determine who is qualified to work for them and in what position. The list goes on and includes everyone from airline pilots to the lifeguards at the neighborhood pool.
Credentialing will continue to expand as more industries and companies realize that credentialing just their employees may not be enough. An organization could potentially be held liable for the actions of nonemployees who are visiting or conducting business on their property or in their name as a contractor. The healthcare industry is leading the way in credentialing these nonemployees, and Reptrax™, the vendor credentialing system provided by IntelliCentrics, employs the most rigorous credentialing process and standards in the industry. In the same way, IntelliCentrics is able to help organizations in other highly regulated industries convey policies, obtain and manage credentials, and extend privileges to visitors of all types.

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