About CPHIMS - Frequently Asked Questions

CPHIMS is a professional certification program for healthcare information and management systems professionals. Individuals who meet eligibility criteria and successfully complete the CPHIMS exam are designated a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS).The CPHIMS credential provides both internal and external rewards. It is a mechanism to validate your skill, knowledge and abilities.

  • Distinguish yourself from your peers as certified in healthcare information and management systems;
  • Expand your career opportunities;
  • Validate your healthcare information and management systems knowledge, competency and credibility;
  • Provide yourself with skills and tools to help you make a difference in your career, your organization, and your community;
  • Demonstrate your commitment to continuing professional development;
  • Enjoy the pride of recognition of knowing that you are among the elite in a critical field of healthcare; and
  • Hold a premier credential based on a sound assessment to distinguish yourself in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

CPHIMS Certification Contact Information

General Inquiries about the Exam
Phone: +1.312.915.9216
Email: certification@himss.org

Mailing address
HIMSS CPHIMS Certification
33 W. Monroe, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60603-5616 USA

Train-the-Trainer & Review Course Inquiries
Fritze Roberts
certification@himss.org

What are the benefits of CPHIMS?

The purpose of CPHIMS is to promote healthcare information and management systems professionals through the certification of qualified individuals by:

  • Recognizing formally those individuals who meet the eligibility requirements of the CPHIMS credential and pass the Exam.
  • Encouraging continued personal and professional growth in the practice of healthcare information and management systems.
  • Providing an international standard of knowledge required for certification; thereby assisting employers, the public and members of the health professions in the assessment of a healthcare information and management systems professional.

Who is the testing agency?

HIMSS contracts with Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP) to assist in the development, administration, scoring, score reporting and analysis of the CPHIMS Exam.

What is the CPHIMS Exam?

The CPHIMS Exam is designed to test the knowledge, experience and judgment of IT professionals in healthcare informatics practice. Successful completion of the CPHIMS Exam verifies broad-based knowledge in healthcare information and management systems.

Content of the CPHIMS Exam was defined by an international role delineation study. The study involved surveying practitioners in the field to identify tasks that are performed routinely and considered important to competent practice. The Exam is developed through a combined effort of qualified subject-matter experts and testing professionals, who construct the Exam in accordance with the CPHIMS Exam Content Outline.

An individual who meets eligibility requirements and passes the CPHIMS Exam attains the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) designation.

Which industry professionals are likely candidates for the CPHIMS Exam?

Certified healthcare information and management systems professionals facilitate the improvement of business practices using technology to support information management in and across healthcare settings, aligned with strategic objectives.

These professionals may participate:

  • in planning, operations, and optimization of resources and business processes.
  • in the analysis, design, development, selection, testing, evaluation, improvement, and implementation of systems.
  • as in-house or external consultants for information and management systems topics.
  • in the development and administration of fiscal, technical, regulatory, and human resources policies and procedures related to healthcare information and management systems.

What are the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible for the CPHIMS Exam, a candidate must fulfill one of the following requirements for education and work experience.

Baccalaureate degree, or global equivalent, plus five (5) years of associated information and management systems experience*, three (3) of those years in healthcare.

Graduate degree, or global equivalent, plus three (3) years of associated information and management systems experience*, two (2) of those years in healthcare.

*Associated information and management systems experience includes experience in the following functional areas: administration/management, clinical information systems, e-health, information systems, or management engineering.

What is the CPHIMS Exam content and timing?

The CPHIMS Exam is composed of 115 multiple-choice questions. A candidate’s score is based on 100 of these questions; 15 are "trial" or "pretest" questions that are interspersed throughout the Exam. A candidate is allowed 2 hours in which to complete the Exam.

The CPHIMS Exam is based on three major content areas. Each content area is described by the list of tasks that follows the content heading in the CPHIMS Exam Content Outline. In addition, the number of Exam questions devoted to each major and minor content area is indicated.

Each question on the Exam is also categorized by a cognitive level that a candidate would likely use to respond. These categories are:

  • Recall: The ability to recall or recognize specific information;
  • Application: The ability to comprehend, relate or apply knowledge to new or changing situations; and
  • Analysis: The ability to analyze and synthesize information, determine solutions and/or evaluate the usefulness of a solution.

What are the suggested review references for CPHIMS?

The CPHIMS Technical Committee recommends that review for the CPHIMS Exam focus on references and programs that cover the information summarized in the CPHIMS Exam Content Outline. It should not be inferred that questions in the Exam are selected from any single reference or set of references or that study from the references listed guarantees a passing score on the Exam.

CPHIMS Self-Assessment Examination (SAE)

Member: $60

Non-Member: $75

This online tool helps simulate the CPHIMS Exam in format and content - plus it offers useful feedback to future test-takers. The test offers a rationale for correct and incorrect responses and feedback reports that identify your strengths and improvement areas. Visit www.CPHIMS.org to order the CPHIMS Self-Assessment Exam.

Preparing for Success in Healthcare Information and Management Systems: The CPHIMS Review CD-Rom

Member: $250

Non-Member: $325

CPHIMS candidates can easily navigate the material in a structured yet self-paced multimedia format. (New healthcare information and management systems professionals will also find this series an invaluable ‘ramp-up’ resource.) The two-disk set utilizes a PowerPoint program with audio support and printable handouts. Sample multiple-choice questions are included at the end of each chapter to help monitor learning.

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