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CCHIIM Announces Conversion of HIT-Pro Credentials to AHIMA CHTS Credentials

CCHIIM Announces Conversion of HIT-Pro Credentials to AHIMA CHTS Credentials

The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) has announced that HIT-Pro competency exams will convert to AHIMA Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHTS) credentials, effective July 29, 2013. The information provided below will summarize the transition details.



AHIMA CHTS Certification Designations

The HIT-Pro exams will convert to AHIMA CHTS credentials as follows:


HIT-Pro Name
and 
Designation


New AHIMA Credential Designation

HIT-Pro–Clinician/Practitioner Consultant (HIT-Pro–CP)
                                

CHTS-CP

HIT-Pro–Practice Workflow and Information Management Redesign Specialist (HIT-Pro–PW)                                 

CHTS-PW

HIT-Pro–Implementation Manager (HIT-Pro–IM)                                   

CHTS-IM

HIT-Pro–Implementation Support Specialist (HIT-Pro–IS)
                              

CHTS-IS

HIT-Pro–Technical/Software Support Staff (HIT-Pro–TS
                            

CHTS-TS

HIT-Pro–Trainer (HIT-Pro–TR)   

CHTS-TR

What are CHTS credentials? 
The CHTS exams assess the competency of health IT professionals related to the implementation and management of electronic health information in the same manner as the HIT-Pro exams. The six separate exams measure competency related to:

  • Assessing workflows 
  • Selecting hardware and software 
  • Working with vendors 
  • Installing and testing systems 
  • Diagnosing IT problems 
  • Training practice staff on systems 
Are the exam specifications going to change?
The exam blueprints, number of questions, and distribution of questions in each domain will not change.

Standards for recertification for CHTS credentials

Recertification for CHTS credentials will be mandatory for those who wish to keep and maintain their credential(s), and the Standards for Recertification are outlined below. After reviewing this information, questions can be submitted to Kelley Green at (312) 233-1114, orCHTS@ahima.org.

Virtual Lab at AHIMA.org

Virtual Lab Applications

The Virtual Lab includes a variety of critical HIM software applications. Each application is based on a commercially available product, and has been customized or configured for optimal experiential learning.

See a short simulation (narrative and screenprints) of the lab applications here:

AHIMA Virtual Laboratory: Where Theory Meets Practice.

ATHENS/Cerner PowerChart and HIM ProFile applications

This electronic health record (EHR) system, designed specifically for academic use, includes more than 20 simulated hospital cases or charts. Lessons direct students in basic navigation of the electronic chart. Users can build their own “play patients,” allowing them to explore clinical and management tools and functions in the EHR, and build knowledge and skills in clinical information systems. 

This system also explores:

  • Patient registration
  • Clinical documentation tools and processes—
  • order entry
  • narrative and structured documents tools
  • Clinical decision support tools (alerts and reminders)
  • Deficiency management
  • ROI's
  • Electronic Chart Tracking
  • Legal Concepts


EHR Industry Insiders Predict the Demise of Hundreds of Competitors

EHR industry insiders predict the crowded environment of nearly a thousand rivals will shrink down to less than half by 2017, or by Meaningful Use 3, whichever comes first. Black Book Market Research expanded its recent study of the EHR replacement market conditions to include HIT consultants, contractors, implementers, management, support staff and analysts.


New York, NY (PRWEB) July 16, 2013

Black Book Rankings, a division of Black Book Market Research, polled 880 EHR consultants, analysts, managers and support team members on the state of affairs in this "Year of the Great EHR Switch." Nine of 10 insiders agree that the majority of EHR vendors currently implemented will fail to sustain operations by the time meaningful use stage 3 is fully implemented.

It's not all the goliaths that insiders are forecasting for long term survival. Over 600 smaller vendors are still jockeying for a leftover slice of the EHR pie. "Many mid-market vendors, particularly those with niche focus on medical and surgical specialists, and alternative care delivery settings are pushing government initiatives for industry-wide innovation, connectivity and usability and gaining replacement market share," said Doug Brown, Managing Partner of Black Book.

82 percent of insiders are confident that well-funded, inventive small vendors that carved a niche in specialist sectors should have better foundations for viability than those who failed to resolve the fundamental flaws caused by being all things to all physicians.

Notable Black Book survey findings include:

90 percent of insiders expect the majority of existing vendors will have merged, been acquired or ceased operations within five years;

88 percent of insiders ascertain that most of these vendors will falter because they pushed usability issues to the back burner in order to capitalize on the incentive spoils of meaningful use achievement;

77 percent of vendors participating in the survey admit that the hard costs of replacing lost clients is one of their most pressing revenue generation concerns;

71 percent of EHR vendor employees expect to have changed jobs within the industry at least two more times in the next three years.

On July 23, Black Book will release the results of a sweeping follow-up survey of 2,900 vendor-swapping physician practices, dissatisfied with original system selections. "The State of the EHR Replacement Market" reveals the top thirty EHR vendors with the highest likelihood of long term viability. An elite group of eight EHR vendors that scored consistently among the highest client satisfaction ratings on seven independent 2013 Black Book user polls will be revealed as well. The aggregate findings are comprised from the user experiences of 16,000 EHR users across 550 EHR vendors including: 

    Physician Productivity and Practice Satisfaction across all group sizes: Solo to 100+ doctors
    Physician Practice Satisfaction across medical and surgical specialties + primary care
    Meaningful Use 1 Achievement, Attestations, CPOE and e-Prescribing
    Meaningful Use 2+ Advancements, including Patient Portal and Interoperability
    Mobile Apps (iPad and Phone)
    Connectivity (HIE)
    Practice Management Advancements, including Revenue Cycle changes and ICD10


Black Book is recognized globally as the unbiased, independent source for polling, surveys, market research, competitive analysis, opinion mining and customer satisfaction results across industries and the information technology sectors.

Good News! CCHIIM Announces Conversion of HIT-Pro Credentials to AHIMA CHTS Credentials

The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) has announced that HIT-Pro competency exams will convert to AHIMA Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHTS) credentials, effective July 29, 2013. The information provided below will summarize the transition details.

AHIMA CHTS Certification Designations:

The HIT-Pro exams will convert to
AHIMA CHTS (Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist) credentials as follows:

HIT-Pro Name and Designation  > New AHIMA Credential Designation

HIT-Pro–Clinician/Practitioner Consultant (HIT-Pro–CP) > CHTS-CP
HIT-Pro–Practice Workflow
and Information Management Redesign Specialist (HIT-Pro–PW) > CHTS-PW
HIT-Pro–Implementation Manager (HIT-Pro–IM) > CHTS-IM
HIT-Pro–Implementation Support Specialist (HIT-Pro–IS) > CHTS-IS
HIT-Pro–Technical/Software Support Staff (HIT-Pro–TS > CHTS-TS
HIT-Pro–Trainer (HIT-Pro–TR) > CHTS-TR

What are CHTS credentials?

The CHTS exams assess the competency of health IT professionals related to the implementation and management of electronic health information in the same manner as the HIT-Pro exams. The six separate exams measure competency related to:

• Assessing workflows
• Selecting hardware and software
• Working with vendors
• Installing and testing systems
• Diagnosing IT problems
• Training practice staff on systems

Are the exam specifications going to change?

The exam blueprints, number of questions, and distribution of questions in each domain will not change.

Standards for recertification for CHTS credentials:

Recertification for CHTS credentials will be mandatory for those who wish to keep and maintain their credential(s), and the Standards for Recertification are outlined below. After reviewing this information, questions can be submitted to Kelley Green at (312) 233-1114, or CHTS@ahima.org.

How many CEUs do I need to accumulate?

Completion of acceptable CEUs is based on the following credential requirements:

Credential and Required Number of CEUs

Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist—Clinician/Practitioner Consultant (CHTS–CP) 20 CEUs

Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist—Practice Workflow and Information Management Redesign Specialist (CHTS–PW) 20 CEUs

Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist—Implementation Manager (CHTS–IM) 20 CEUs

Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist—Implementation Support Specialist (CHTS–IS) 20 CEUs

Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist—Technical/Software Support Staff (CHTS–TS) 20 CEUs

Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist HIT-Pro—Trainer (CHTS–TR ) 20 CEUs

Is there a fee for recertifying and reporting?

CHTS certificants will be charged a fee for reporting CEUs. Additional information regarding fees will be forthcoming.

What is the deadline for reporting and recertifying?

CE activities must be reported to AHIMA by March 31, 2015.

Participants who are not audited will receive a CEU Validation Certificate to retain as evidence of meeting CEU requirements.

To be eligible for CE credit, CE activities must be completed between the period of May 1, 2011 and December 31, 2014.

Multiple Credential Holders (certificants who hold multiple AHIMA credentials) must earn 10 additional CEUs per credential obtained (requirements not to exceed 60 CEUs).

Why earn and maintain CHTS credentials?

The CHTS credentials offer professionals:

• Increased job opportunities
• Validation of expertise and knowledge in the topic area
• Preparation for future changes in healthcare and IT
• Personal and professional development to help you stay on top of your field
• Long-term confirmation of skills endorsed by AHIMA

After reviewing the AHIMA CHTS transition information, any questions can be submitted to Kelley Green at (312) 233-1114, or CHTS@ahima.org.