The CPHIMS-CA credential is provided through a partnership between Digital Health Canada and HIMSS, which issue the credential and certificate jointly to successful candidates. The Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems–Canada (CPHIMS-CA) credential validates professional competency to respected international and Canadian criteria. CPHIMS-CA signifies that a health informatics (HI) professional has the skills, knowledge and abilities to perform safely and effectively in a broad range of practice settings.
Organizations with CPHIMS-CA certified professionals find it helps:
- Deliver healthcare innovation projects with greater impact/lower costs
- Contribute to patient safety and healthcare delivery accountability
- Demonstrate professional competency in globally respected HI criteria
- Raise the profile of HI as a profession
- Recruit and retain top-quality HI staff
Maintaining your credential
Certified professionals need to accumulate a total of 60 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) before their credential expiration date. If the credential expires before the credential holder has accumulating the required CEUs, the CPHIMS and CA exams must be successfully passed again in order to achieve re-certification.
Continuing Education Units may be earned by participating in professional education activities in the following categories:
- A minimum of 25 CEUs must be obtained from HIMSS or HIMSS Approved Provider activities (Certificate holders are responsible for tracking CEUs at www.himss.org).
- A minimum of 10 CEUs must be obtained from Digital Health Canada activities;
- Remaining CEUs can be obtained from other providers of HI professional education activities (if you are unsure if a particular event/activity qualifies for CEUs, please send the agenda to education@digitalhealthcanada for confirmation).
Continuing Education Units fall into six categories:
- Continuing Education -Educational programs on topics relevant to healthcare information and management systems. Approved topics include: Canadian Healthcare System; Clinical & Health Services; Information Technology; Information Management; Analysis & Evaluation; Organizational & Behavioural Management; Project Management (60 minutes = 1 CE hour).
- Academic Credit – Participation in formal educational programs
of study that address relevant healthcare information and management system subject areas. Post-secondary healthcare information and management systems courses attended for credit, including guided independent study and regular college or university courses (60 minutes = 1 CE hour). Audit of academic courses or relevant non-credit adult education courses (60 minutes = 1 CE hour).
- Presentations – The development of original work, relevant to healthcare information and management systems professionals, delivered to an audience. Primary author of content related to healthcare information and management systems utilized in e-Learning and/or other media presentations (15 minutes = 1 CE hour). Panel participant at an educational program (60 minutes = 1 CE hour). Guest lecturer for a college/university course (15 minutes = 1 CE hour). Speaker at an educational program (15 minutes = 1 CE hour).
- Publications – The development of original work, relevant to healthcare information and management systems professionals, reproduced by written or electronic means for dissemination to the public. You must be the author or co-author. Book (20 CE hours). Book chapter (15 CE hours). Article published in a peer-reviewed journal (5 CE hours). Article published in a professional newsletter (3 CE hours).
- Professional Service – Complete one or more years of volunteer service with an international, national, state, provincial or local related professional organization/society (e.g. Board of directors, task force, committees). For each year of service, earn 5 CE hours.
- Item Writing – Item writing for the CPHIMS or CA Exams. Earn CE hours pre-determined by HIMSS or Digital Health Canada respectively.
When to renew
You may renew and pay for your recertification online as early as six months prior to, but no later than, the expiration date on your certificate.