Klein has over 17 years in healthcare and information technology, providing strategic planning and project management office leadership in healthcare. He has extensive experience in managing large implementations associated with Epic, Eclipsys and McKesson solutions. Klein has also been responsible for managing large programs as a project director and executive program manager and has served as the chief information officer for a healthcare organization, and has served as the area vice president for a major healthcare vendor. Current, Klein is responsible for managing engagements and new business relationships.
The CPHIMS Certification is governed by the CPHIMS Certification Committee, a HIMSS committee of individuals with subject-matter expertise in the content tested on the examination. This Committee is responsible for assuring that certification meets high standards required for the profession; and is charged with setting general standards for the program, developing examination specifications, constructing new editions of the examination and establishing passing standards for the examination.
HIMSS: How did you become involved with the CPHIMS Technical Committee and JHIM?
Klein: I became CPHIMS certified many years ago, and it has been valuable to my career. Becoming a part of the Technical Committee provided me with the opportunity to increase the value of my certification. Also, after a close family member passed away, I did a lot of research and spent many hours learning how and why clinical decision support (CDS) can be successful, but more importantly, how it can increase patient safety by using CDS outside of the normal order entry alerts. This research lent itself to the development of an article that, I’m proud to say, was published in Journal of Healthcare Information Management this past spring.
HIMSS: What is the most rewarding aspect of your involvement with the CPHIMS Technical Committee?
Klein: Without a doubt, its meeting new people in the industry that are also passionate about improving the delivery of care, and having the opportunity to learn from them.
HIMSS: What was the greatest challenge you faced as a member of the CPHIMS Technical Committee?
Klein: Finding the time to participate is unfortunately the most challenging aspect. Right now, everyone we know is extremely busy in this industry.
HIMSS: What are some of the most notable changes you've seen in the field of healthcare IT over the course of your career?
Klein: The impact of Meaningful Use and its push to implement systems of value throughout the industry.
HIMSS: What advice would you give professionals just entering the healthcare or IT field?
Klein: Knowledge is power. Do all you can to study and research areas of interest and consistently share your information with others; it will make the whole process more enjoyable.