Ramblings: Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS)

So what I been busy with?

Well, it was originally work but from today onwards, I’d be concentrating more on a few other things and among them would be an upcoming certification – the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) examination administered by HIMSS.

I’m scheduled to take the exam on the 27th Oct 2009 and will post more about the actual test at a later date but let me share my thoughts on the Core Body Of Knowledge (CBOK) as I go through the materials for my preparation.

According to HIMSS, CPHIMS is a professional certification program for healthcare information and management systems professionals and this really sums up what the certification is all about and it’s intended audience.

I personally feel that the CBOK has been pretty well design as it comprises of not only the critical skillset and knowledge that a Health IT Professional should process but also the related CBOK like HR Financial.

The usual suspects includes System Analysis and Design, Project Management, Quality Improvement, Database Management System, Inforcomm Security, DR & BCP, Outsourcing, Software Testing, Service Management and of course, basic stuff on Healthcare that includes regulation, health systems and workflow.

Sounds challenging? Definitely.

Sounds impossible? Definitely not.

I can imagine that any experienced Health IT Professional who have his/her fair share of ‘battle scars’ to process the above CBOK because one would need to process a fair understanding of all the domains of knowledge mentioned above (and more) to effectively manage their daily roles in Health IT Management.

HIMSS also publish a Candidate handbook that illustrate the CBOK and where the emphasis is. I think it is a useful read before determining if one would like to embark on the certification. The handbook can be downloaded here

I’ll post more on CPHIMS as I go along or after I take the exam to share more


  1. Michael Stewart says:

    Good post. I am trying to sit the exam the end of December. What is the e Core Body Of Knowledge (CBOK) and where can I get a copy? I have seen a couple of books recommended on some of the listsrvs I am on and want to make sure I am focused on the correct material

  2. Adam Chee says:

    Hi Michael,

    The CBOK can be downloaded from http://www.himss.org/ASP/certification_cphimsHandbook.asp

    I’d also like to invite you to join the discussions over at http://www.ClubPACS.com , there is an discussion thread on CPHIMS in the forums – http://clubpacs.ning.com/forum/topics/certified-professional-in

    Hope this helps.


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