HIMSS Joins Healthcare Organizations on Recommendations to 2018 SOC Revisions

On Tuesday, September 20th, HIMSS joined with AMIA and CHIME to lead a multi-stakeholder response  to the Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification Policy Committee (SOCPC) regarding the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) revisions.  The stakeholders appreciated recommendations on the inclusion of “health informatics” as an occupation. However, the letter emphasized that they were concerned about the mixture of Health Informatics with Health Information Management (HIM) and Health Information Technology (Health IT) occupations. In its comment letter, the group discussed separating the Health Informatics, HIM and Health IT occupations. The group strongly recommends the inclusion of detailed codes under the new broad code 29-9020, separating the occupations into three subcategories. As part of the solution, the letter recommends the 2018 SOC revisions include new definitions for each of the distinct occupations of Health Informatics, HIM and Health IT. 

  • Health Informatics professionals: Design, develop, select, test, implement, and evaluate new or modified informatics solutions, data structures, and clinical decision support mechanisms to support patients, healthcare professionals, and improved usability of such systems for patient safety within healthcare contexts.
  • HIM professionals: acquire, analyze, and protect digital and traditional medical information vital to the daily operations management of health information and electronic health records (EHRs).
  • Health IT professionals: Apply knowledge of healthcare and information systems to assist in the design, development, and continued modification of computerized health care systems. The organizations supported the detailed examples cited by SOCPC for 11-9111 to include Clinical Informatics Director, Health Information Services Manager, and Chief Medical Information Officer. The organizations suggested adding Chief Nursing Officer for 11-9111 to add distinction.

Click here for full response to SOCPC 2018 SOC revisions