Certification Qualifies Expertise in Health Care IT Systems

Health care is arguably the most data-intensive industry in the world, with providers relying on millions of pieces of information to assess, diagnose and treat patients across the continuum of care. For that reason, health care IT (HIT) and management systems professionals — unlike their brethren in more traditional IT roles — need to not only have a firm grasp of the technology environment and the entire systems life cycle, but also the ins and outs of the health care environment.

The rapid growth of health care information and management systems needs around the globe, along with President Bush’s goal for widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by 2014, has fueled greater demand for qualified HIT and management systems professionals, as well as a way to certify their levels of proficiency.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recognizes this need to codify, promote and validate a body of knowledge around health care information and management systems. In 2002, it launched a credentialing
process that designates a qualified candidate as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS).

The CPHIMS program establishes standards for professional practice; creates a fair, valid and reliable examination process for professionals to demonstrate their knowledge and skills; and grants certification to those who meet the program’s standards.

CPHIMS is intended for professionals responsible for planning, selecting, implementing, using and managing HIT and management systems. This includes CEOs, CIOs, COOs and other senior executives, as well as industry…


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