HIMSS Professional Development continues to provide our emerging professional community with the necessary tools and resources to further a successful career path. CAHIMS is a new HIMSS health IT certification program designed for emerging professionals within the industry (five years or less of experience). This newly created certification based upon work generously funded by the National Science Foundation is designed to be a career pathway to CPHIMS certification which is a professional certification program for healthcare information and management systems professionals and requires work experience and educational degrees to qualify for the certification. The CAHIMS is geared towards individuals to demonstrate knowledge of health IT and management systems in order to support and obtain entry-level careers in health IT which is the start to a career pathway in health IT.
The CAHIMS program offers an introductory review that touches on the many facets of health IT and information management systems. Thus, individuals not only benefit from a well-rounded exploration of the field, but, those who sit for the exam and pass it will become armed with a valuable credential and the potential to facilitate and improve the quality of health IT and business management systems across the healthcare setting, to ultimately improve the quality of patient care across the nation. So, who might benefit from this HIMSS Emerging Professionals certification? Individuals looking to work in a healthcare setting or mid-level professionals seeking career change; those who want to learn more about health IT including clinicians; non-IT professionals, working in other departments, who work as an extension of the IT department ; students or those enrolled in an academic program at the undergraduate or graduate level i.e. healthcare informatics, CAHME-accredited program, Masters in Healthcare Administration, or others and veterans returning from active duty.
Obtaining this credential demonstrates a well-rounded study of the health IT field, and provides individuals with a solid foundation they can use to strengthen their abilities and advance their career path, enhance their management skills, and acquire experience and become a proven leader in the industry.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available and remember...Be passionate about your career path and strive to make a difference and learn, learn…learn. Technology is only the enabler; individuals will be the “transformers” of health IT in the years to come!