Health Technology Programs
External Clinical Health Informatics Specialist
Students who complete designated coursework within the Health Information Technology associate of applied science degree are prepared to take the Office of National Coordinator (ONC), Health Information Technology Professional (HIT Pro TM) exams offered through the ONC or through the American Health Information Management Association. This is a certificate that a student may earn while pursuing their applied associate of science degree in Health Information Technology.
“CAHIMS is a new HIMSS health IT certification designed for emerging professionals within the industry (five years or less of experience). This certification demonstrates knowledge of health IT and management systems, facilitating entry-level careers in health IT. It is designed to be a career pathway to the CPHIMS credential (Healthcare Information and Management Systems).”
Who is the CAHIMS credential for?
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
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 students
Veterans returning from active duty (HIMSS)
How will the CAHIMS credential help you?
Is an entry-level certification for people interested in healthcare information and management systems
Demonstrates your professional knowledge in healthcare information and management systems
Authenticates your knowledge to assist in facilitating and implementing the health IT life cycle of events
Establishes a solid foundation that can be used to strengthen abilities, acquire more experience and advance a career path
Is a first step toward becoming a proven leader in the industry, and may be a career pathway to CPHIMS (HIMSS)
Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHTS) Exams
“As the nation moves toward industry-wide adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a shortage of about 50,000 qualified health IT workers to meet the needs of hospitals and healthcare affiliates. The Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHTS) competency exams allow professionals and employers to capitalize on new technologies, procedures and careers.
The CHTS exams assess the competency of individuals seeking to demonstrate proficiency in certain health IT workforce roles integral to the implementation and management of electronic health information. The CHTS exams assess the competency of health IT professionals to:
There are many reasons to take the CHTS exams and to hire qualified CHTSs:
The Value of CHTS to Health IT Professionals
Because of new technology, qualified technical support and management professionals will be needed across hospitals, clinics and other healthcare organizations.
CHTS competency exams ensure that a competent workforce is ready to effectively implement and manage the use of electronic health records. They show expertise and competence, proving a readiness to seize new opportunities in an expanding market.
The CHTS is a long-term validation of healthcare and IT skills—the cornerstone of a successful health IT career.
The Value of CHTS to Employers
Health IT Employers – Health Information Technology Professional Competency Exam
Electronic health records will increase safety, efficiency, and the quality of patient care. This will leave a considerable need for qualified individuals to support installing, using and maintaining EHRs.
CHTS competency exam will assess competency in various healthcare IT roles. The exam will determine if a candidate is qualified to support your EHR transition efforts.
Typical CHTS exam candidates will be:
Experienced healthcare or IT professionals
Seeking to expand their career options by leading the new wave of EHR implementation and management
Motivated to learn, determined to succeed
Individuals who pass the CHTS are health IT-competent and ready to implement or manage your EHR activities.
The CHTS exams can also help you measure the health information technology (IT) competency levels of your existing staff or as a pre-employment assessment. Use this information to identify training opportunities or discover gaps in employee proficiency to make improvements in your organization.” – AHIMA, http://www.ahima.org/certification/chts.aspx