Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) workforce development initiatives #HIMSS11

I'm at HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) and it's great to see how they're providing professional development resources for health IT professionals. In addition to providing CPHIMS review courses, HIMSS is doing much more. CPHIMS is a professional certification program for healthcare information and management systems professionals. Individuals who meet eligibility criteria and successfully complete the CPHIMS exam are designated a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS).

Here's a brief summary of what HIMSS is doing with the ONC:
HIMSS is pleased to be working very closely with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) on workforce development initiatives that will lead to career pathways and certifications that will address the needs of entry level technical professionals through those most advanced in the industry. And to nurture the HIT professional, HIMSS has placed great emphasis on the HIT Emerging Professional, defined as someone with five years or less work experience in healthcare IT, by creating a series of informational webinars around a variety of topics. Further, the HIMSS eLearning Academy features over 16 courses and 500 archived case study-type sessions across 21 different HIT topic areas that will also supplement the HIT professional’s toolbox.

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