Health Informatics professionals lead the development, implementation, management and evaluation of information and communication systems designed to improve clinical and public health processes and outcomes, enhance patient and health professional interactions with the health system, and strengthen the ability of communities and individuals to manage their health. Health informatics professionals include individuals who come to informatics through a range of pathways including, but not limited to, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and computer science.
AMIA is working to establish certification for health informatics professionals who practice or seek to practice at an advanced level. This advanced health informatics certification (AHIC) is being developed for the full spectrum of applied health informatics professionals who are not eligible or the Clinical Informatics Subspecialty.
Following best practice for establishing a new certification, AMIA conducted a health informatics practice analysis. The practice analysis results are being used to inform AHIC eligibility criteria, examination specifications, and recertification requirements. The health informatics practice analysis results, including the Health Informatics Delineation of Practice, will be published in JAMIA in early 2020.