IBHRE Highlights Impact of Certification Around the Globe

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International board to observe IBHRE Day, Monday Feb. 12th

Tune into IBHRE’s Facebook Chat—Ask the Experts, Monday, Feb. 12, 4 PM @ Facebook.com/IBHRE

Today, the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE) announced activities for its annual IBHRE Day celebration—Monday, Feb. 12. This global day of recognition acknowledges and celebrates physicians, nurses and other allied professionals who help advance patient care in the field of heart rhythm management by becoming IBHRE-certified. This year, IBHRE celebrates the global impact that IBHRE-certified professionals have on cardiac rhythm device therapy and electrophysiology.

Ever-changing technologies, evolving best practices, and continued advances in cardiac pacing, defibrillation and electrophysiology make it imperative that heart rhythm practitioners stay current on the latest developments in heart rhythm management. By undergoing IBHRE’s certification process, heart rhythm practitioners are able to stay abreast of the latest developments in cardiology.

“This year, IBHRE Day will recognize how the advanced knowledge of our certified professionals brings about a higher quality of care to patients around the globe,” said Tracy Lofty, executive director of IBHRE. “In fact, studies show that practitioners who earn a credential typically demonstrate a higher level of expertise, which ensures an improved delivery of healthcare.”

IBHRE’s Global Reach
Recognized internationally, IBHRE credentials are held by over 9,500 professionals in more than 50 countries around the world. Outside the United States, 10 nations have the most IBHRE-certified professionals. They include: the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands, Canada, Korea, China, India, New Zealand, Ireland and Sweden. Due to a collaborative relationship with the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society, IBHRE-certified professionals have a growing presence in Japan. In 2007, IBHRE formed a strategic partnership with HRS of Japan to customize IBHRE’s Competency in Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy for the Allied Professional exam to address the needs of Japan’s health care system, and meet requirements mandated by the Japanese Ministry of Health. Under this collaborative agreement, Japan’s allied professionals can earn the Certified Cardiac Device Specialist—Cardiac Device Representative (CCDS-CDR) credential.

Becoming IBHRE Certified
To be eligible for IBHRE certification, candidates must have a solid foundation in the fields of cardiac rhythm device therapy and electrophysiology, meet eligibility requirements, and comply with a code of ethics established by the IBHRE Board of Directors. Certification candidates are administered a comprehensive computer-based examination based on an international body of knowledge.

The International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners® has set the standard for global certification in heart rhythm management since 1985. IBHRE offers competency certification to physicians and allied professionals to provide quality patient care in cardiac pacing and electrophysiology. Certifications offered are the Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS); the Certified Electrophysiology Specialist (CEPS); the Certified Electrophysiology Specialist – Adult (CEPS-A); and the Certified Electrophysiology Specialist – Pediatric (CEPS-P).

Learn more about IBHRE at IBHRE.org
Nurses: Visit IBHRENow.org. Learn how you can advance your nursing career with IBHRE certification.

IBHRE Day Facebook Event
IBHRE Hosts Ask the Expert Facebook Chat

WHO: International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE)

WHAT: Facebook Chat—Ask the Experts, 4:00 PM ET
Bring your questions about IBHRE certification and how it can help advance your career.    

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 12th, 4-5:30 PM, ET

WHERE: Around the Globe, Facebook & Twitter

FACEBOOK CHAT—Ask the Experts
Facebook.com/IBHRE (4:00 PM, ET)

Thinking about becoming IBHRE certified? Then, this is the ideal time to ask questions about the IBHRE certification program and the process for earning an IBHRE credential. In addition, you can learn about scholarships and other resources available to help you prepare for the IBHRE exam.

IBHRE Experts

University of Utah Health Care
Salt Lake City, Utah

Amy Grier, BSN, RN, CCDS
Medtronic, Inc.
Queen Anne, Maryland

Wai Kah Choo, MD, CEPS-A
NT Cardiac    
Muirhead, NT, Australia

Mital Patel, MD, CCDS
Boston Scientific
Richmond, Virginia


Attention IBHRE-Certified Professionals!
Share Your IBHRE Experience Now and All Day Monday!

Tweet images and details of your IBHRE celebration, tell the world how IBHRE certification has helped advance your career, or recognize your IBHRE-certified peers and co-workers.

To learn more about IBHRE Day, visit IBHRE.org or IBHRENow.org/ibhre-day/

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