Advanced Health Informatics Certification (AHIC)

AMIA’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan calls for AMIA to enhance avenues for, and tangible recognition of, professional advancement for all members at all stages of their careers.

AMIA has completed preliminary work on Advanced Health Informatics Certification (AHIC) and is currently gathering data to support planning for health informatics certification and other professional development programs.

AHIC Focus: Defining the Practice

In 2018, AMIA will conduct a rigorous analysis of the tasks performed by clinical and public health professionals and the knowledge required to perform those tasks competently. This process, known as the Health Informatics (HI) Practice Analysis, will delineate what constitutes the practice of informatics and inform AMIA’s development of AHIC and related programs.  The HI Practice Analysis will include a panel of representative subject matter experts, focus groups, analysis of job postings/descriptions, and a survey of practitioners.

AMIA is simultaneously conducting a practice analysis to support the Clinical Informatics Subspecialty (CIS) Core Content update.  The CIS Practice Analysis will use a similar methodology and will involve individuals currently certified in the subspecialty. These parallel practice analyses will enable identification of practice areas that are shared by and unique to CIS and HI practice.