New credential for health info
TORONTO – A unique new professional
credential is being launched for Canadian health informatics (HI)
practitioners through a collaboration between COACH and the Healthcare
Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). This is the combined
Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems
(CPHIMS) and Canadian Supplement Credential.
Awarded to candidates who successfully complete the related exam, the
new credential will provide proof of your professional competency
according to widely respected industry criteria. The exam will consist
of the CPHIMS exam plus a Canadian supplement exam that COACH is
creating in partnership with HIMSS.
Who can write the exam?
Candidates must meet the following requirements.
• Bachelor’s degree (or global equivalent) plus five (5) years of
associated information and management systems experience, three (3) of
those years in healthcare
• Graduate degree (or global equivalent) plus three (3) years of
associated information and management systems experience, two (2) of
those years in healthcare
Associated information and management systems experience includes
experience in the following functional areas: administration/management,
clinical information systems, e-health, information systems, or
You will soon be able to register to write the complete combined
credential exam and Canadian supplement exam during the e-Health
conference, to be held in Quebec City next spring.
The complete exam will be available next spring when COACH will hold a
sitting of both the CPHIMS and Canadian supplemental exams during the
e-Health 2009 conference. Meanwhile, candidates can write the CPHIMS
exam in advance at a designated AMP Assessment Center. (Visit
www.goamp.com/displayTCList.aspx?pExamID=14403 and select Canada for
locations and application information.)
The Canadian supplemental exam will also be available through AMP
Assessment Centers after e-Health 2009.
Onsite sittings for employers
Hospitals and other organizations with large workforces can arrange to
have exam sittings at their location or a convenient location for two or
more employers. Contact Alison Gardner, COACH Director, Programs at
firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.
Candidates who successfully complete the exam will receive a certificate
issued jointly by COACH and HIMSS.
How will you benefit?
Here is what industry leaders are saying.
“As a major employer in the province, Manitoba ehealth recognizes the
value of the new credential in recruiting capable, qualified staff,
particularly as we deal with shortages in our profession across the
country. The credential will clearly indicate to employers that a
candidate has been tested and found to meet respected measurements of
what it means to be a competent health informatics professional. The
designation will also flag other important characteristics for hiring
and performance evaluation – commitment to professional development and
interest in learning and improvement.” Roger Girard, Chief Information
Officer, Manitoba ehealth
“The new credential is a valuable career development resource for nurses
and other clinicians. It will provide clinicians with a means of
demonstrating competence in health informatics to existing or potential
employers. It also has the potential to demonstrate clinician’s
competence in HI to patients – thereby enhancing the confidence of
patients who may not be familiar with or possibly even fear the
information technology that is rapidly becoming an everyday element of
healthcare today. As a long time COACH member and nurse, I also see the
credential providing a consistent means of evaluating the skills and
knowledge among HI professionals and thus adding an additional dimension
to patient safety.” Kathryn Hannah, Ph.D., R.N., Life Member, COACH
“The new credential provides health informatics students and recent
graduates with goals to strive for as they launch their careers. When
they’ve finished their education, they can concentrate on gaining the
healthcare and HI experience they need to write the exam. This
generation is eager to pursue professional development and gain
professional recognition and the credential is a valuable resource for
doing this.” Andre Kushniruk, Associate Professor and Director, School
of Health Information Science, University of Victoria