We Are HIMSS Member Spotlight: Cedric Truss

Cedric Truss

At HIMSS, our members are the heart of our organization, made up of more than 100,000 individuals, 480 provider organizations, 470 non-profit partners and 650 health services organizations. Because their contributions are essential to our success, we seek to recognize their many accomplishments across title, worksite, region and career stage. Today and every day, we celebrate the essential endeavors of these health information and technology changemakers. #wearehimss

Having a certification will expand potential career opportunities, making you stand out from the competition.

Cedric Truss is a member of the HIMSS Georgia Chapter and various HIMSS Communities.

Cedric Truss, CPHIMS, MSHI, DHA
Director, Health Informatics Programs and Clinical Assistant Professor
Georgia State University

What does certification help you do?

The CPHIMS certification credential has allowed me to demonstrate to my current employer that I am dedicated to continued professional development in the area of health informatics and health information and management systems. As the program director of a health informatics program, the credential has also given me the ability to encourage faculty and students to pursue the certification when they are eligible.

What advice do you have for someone who is considering CAHIMS or CPHIMS certification?

The CAHIMS or CPHIMS certification is a great credential to add to your current professional experience. It demonstrates that you, as an individual, are dedicated to career progression by pursuing a certification aligned with your professional career goals. Having a certification will expand potential career opportunities, making you stand out from the competition. I would encourage anyone looking to be different to consider pursuing either CAHIMS or CPHIMS certification.

What is one of the biggest challenges you’ve encountered? How did you overcome it?

Being an introvert, I always found it hard to speak to others. Accepting my current role forced me to be in a position where I had to openly and consistently communicate with others I do not know. In the beginning, I had to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, and over time, things got much easier.

What is the best piece of advice you've received?

Never give up – your journey is yours! I value this advice and I share it with others as well. Sometimes, we compare ourselves to others when we do not always know the challenges they faced to get where they are today.

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