Certifications are a valuable way for Health IT professionals to quantify their skills and supplement their resumes in an effort to show employers they have the skills necessary for the job before an interview ever takes place.
Many employers require some form of certification be attained either before or after being hired, but those who don’t will still recognize the value of certifications. Professionals looking to transition into a health informatics career or apply to a higher position should consider getting a Certified Professional in Health Informatics (CPHI) certification, issued by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
The CPHI credential is a testament to the credibility of the holder’s claims that they have the required knowledge for a health informatics position that involves the following skills:
- Data reporting
- Data management, privacy and security
- Database management
- Data analysis and utilization
- Project management
- Health informatics training
Eligibility to sit for the CPHI exam requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of health informatics experience. Those with a master’s degree or higher and one year of experience can sit for the exam, but students who have completed a Master’s in Health Informatics or are in their final semester of study are considered eligible without any experience.
Many schools, including the University of South Florida, offer fully online graduate degree programs in health informatics, a big benefit for students who plan to continue their careers while pursuing an advanced degree.
The courses offered through USF’s health informatics program align directly with the topics covered by the CPHI exam, such as healthcare project management, data management, information systems and legal aspects of health information management.
Benefits of CPHI Certification for Employers
CPHI certified employees possess in depth knowledge of the health informatics field and are committed to continuing education, professional development and recertification, according the AHIMA website. This can help employers build stronger teams, promote enhancement of skills, improve the quality of care and minimize errors.