Association Launches Concentrated Health IT Training to Prep Needed Workers Faster

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The American Society of Health Informatics Managers (ASHIM) Launched Its Online Training Program to Prepare Students In Four Months for Health IT Jobs.

Physicians need to be able to trust health IT professionals. They simply don’t have time or money to waste while implementing these immense changes. ASHIM’s primary goal is to assist our members to best serve the health care community.

The American Society of Health Informatics Managers (ASHIM) today announced an online training program to train workers to meet growing employment demands in health IT.

“The demand for trained health IT professionals, in particular those with an understanding of the fundamental principles of clinical informatics, is markedly exceeding the supply,” said Michael Stearns, MD, CPC, CFPC™, president and CEO, e-MDs and chief technical editor of the ASHIM health IT professional program. “The US Bureau of Labor Statistics believes there is a national shortage of workers needed to sustain the growing need for professionals able to support the safe and effective adoption of health information technology.”

The ASHIM health IT professional certificate, which is earned in conjunction with the Certified Health Informatics Systems Professional (CHISP®) national certification exam, provides students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become competent health IT professionals. The training includes instruction in computer science, the US healthcare system, medical information systems, and practical lab simulations.

“ASHIM’s training program covers today's most relevant health IT content to jump start students into high demand jobs with the skills and knowledge employers need now,” said Stephanie Jones Cecchini, senior vice president, ASHIM.

Students entering the program with previous healthcare or IT experience are placed in a twelve week “fast track” program that prepares them for IT jobs in healthcare and other health IT job opportunities such as clinical software trainers, EHR implementation specialists, health systems integration professionals, practice work flow analysts, practice management and consulting.

“Our already burdened healthcare communities need qualified health IT professionals to help them,” said Cecchini. “Physicians need to be able to trust health IT professionals. They simply don’t have time or money to waste while implementing these immense changes. ASHIM’s primary goal is to assist our members to best serve the health care community.”

The ASHIM Industry Advisory Board is significant in expertise, stature, and credibility. Their health IT professional programs, and the CHISP certification, were developed with strong industry guidance and experience. Enrollment for these programs is currently underway. More information about ASHIM®, health IT training, and CHISP® certification is available on the organization’s Web site, http://www.ashim.org.

About the American Society of Health Informatics Managers (ASHIM®, http://www.ashim.org) The American Society of Health Informatics Managers, Inc. is the leading national association for technical professionals who specialize in Health IT (HIT). ASHIM is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that sponsors the Certified Health Informatics Systems Professional (CHISP®) credentialing exam to certify the healthcare industry knowledge of IT professionals.

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