The CPHIMS Review Guide 2nd Edition – Preparing for Success in Healthcare Information and Management System

Today, the mail man brought me a copy of “The CPHIMS Review Guide 2nd Edition – Preparing for Success in Healthcare Information and Management Systems“.

No, I did not buy the book, I received aĀ complimentary copy from HIMSS (shipped directly from the USA).

If memory served me correctly, it started back in August last year (2012) when members of the CPHIMS Technical Committee were asked to serve as advisers, to review the materials by the authors of this guide and I accepted the invitation to review one of the chapters (I can’t remember which chapter though).

After each Chapters were approved (by the individualĀ advisor), the entire CPHIMS Technical Committee served as a second reviewer, just to make sure the materials were in-line with the objectives.

As a kindĀ gesture, HIMSS sent a copy of the guide to each member in the Technical Committee.

My only surprise is the thickness of the guide (it is a big book).

Interested in becoming CPHIMS certified? Get a copy ofĀ The CPHIMS Review Guide 2nd Edition – Preparing for Success in Healthcare Information and Management Systems

Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – CPHIMS

Now I’m sure a lot of you folks are familiar with the CPHIMS certification by HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society)

CPHIMS orĀ Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems, isĀ a professional certification program for healthcare information and management systems professionals.Ā The CPHIMS credential is recognized throughout the industry as the international standard of healthcare IT knowledge.

As some of you might know, I serveĀ as an advisor to the CPHIMS Technical Committee (Yes, that’s right, the actualĀ committeeĀ thatĀ Ā governs the CPHIMS Program and designs the Exam).

The Committee oversees performance of the exam, reviews and refines test items, develops new editions of the exam, contributes to plans for marketing and promotion of the certification, and provides consultation for maintenance of a quality program with the guidance of our psychometric consultants.

Now for those who knows me well in my professional life, I advocate extensively on the adoption of the CPHIMS certification in the South East Asia region, especially Singapore and Malaysia.

Recently, I volunteer to conduct the CPHIMS Review Course for the upcoming HIMSS Asia Pacific Conference in Singapore (in September) but I just received notification that I can’t serve as the instructor as there is a potential conflict of interest (as I serve on the actual CPHIMS Technical Committee). Ouch.

The good news is, the next day, I received the official invitation to continue my term as an advisor for another year.

I guess I must be doing a good job šŸ™‚

Ramblings: I passed the CPHIMS exam

I posted an entry sharing on the CPHIMS exam (administer by HIMSS) that I took recently in Singapore (first time its offered in Singapore).

The results just came in the mail, I got 82 out of 100, not bad given that there were a few questions that I couldn’t answer due to the lack of understanding on the US healthcare systemĀ  and about 4-5 that I left it as blank as I didn’t have the time to do the math part of it.

Nevertheless, according to the score report, I am now ‘recognized by HIMSS as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems and may use the CPHIMS credential immediately.’ That’s kind of cool šŸ™‚

So there you have it, I am a ‘CPHIMS’.

Till the next certification trophy~

P.S. Anyone interested in getting the Preparing for Success in Healthcare Information and Management Systems:
(priced originally at USD $325) I’m letting go of my copy.

Ramblings: So I just took the CPHIMS exam

So I just took the CPHIMS exam and I must admit, I did not expect to ‘almost run out of time’.

Only 4 people took the CPHIMS this round (first time it’s offered in Singapore), there’s me, an IT Project Manager and a Medical Doctor involved in health informatics plus a gentleman whom I didn’t manage to speak to.

First thing first, we were given a paper based exam and the time allocated remained the same at 2 hours (a computer based exam is also 2 hours), I personally feel that they should allocated more time for a paper based exam as the ‘workflow’ of a paper-based exam is different from a computer based exam (time is taken when we look at another piece of paper located in a different area, locate the correct area to shade and then back to the question booklet, locate the next question etc).

Another few attributes that irk me (slightly) was poor lighting and that the environment was quite noisy. The examination took place in a classroom (with no sound proofing) of an institute of higher learning for 16-19 year old kids. One of the proctor had to leave the room several times to request the kids next door to keep the noise level down. For me, I sat next to the door and ‘enjoyed’ footsteps and conversations of students walking by – constantly.

One interesting part of the exam is that the questions seems to be geared towards the healthcare context of the US (2 other candidates who took the exam agreed with me) so I hope HIMSS will take that into consideration during grading and also fine-tune future exams for this region (HIMSS, if you are reading this, I can help you guys review the questions, I am designing curriculum for institutes of higher learning on health informatics in Asia).

Having said all these, I think the CPHIMS exam does cover a very interesting scope (see my previous post on the CBOK) and it’s well worth the time to take the preparation course even if one is not interested in taking the exam as it serves as a good recap on the various domain of knowledge one would need to navigate the complicated world of health informatics.

The results of the exam will be made known in about 2 6 weeks time so lets see if I ‘make the grade’.

Till then~

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