AMIA Health Informatics Certification

Health Informatics Certification Commission

In November 2019, AMIA established the Health Informatics Certification Commission to finalize plans for and oversee thAMIA Health Informatics Certification.  The 14 member Commission will be responsible for eligibility, examination development, and recertification requirements.  Commission members represent different primary health domains, practice settings, and career stages.   The Health Informatics Certification Commission is a committee of AMIA that will be autonomous with respect to all certification decisions and operations.  Following certification best practice, there will be a firewall between the certification program and AMIA’s education activities.   

The Commission members bring a broad range of perspectives and significant expertise to their work.  They represent individuals who have training in nursing, health informatics, public health, pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, and nutrition.  Commission members are at different career stages and work in health care delivery organizations/systems, universities, industry, federal agencies, and a community health organization.  

The Certification Commission will announce details about AHIC in 2020. Commission members include:

  • Amit Acharya, BDS, MS, PHD
  • Eta Berner, EdD, FACMI, FHIMSS, FIAHSI
  • Pamela Charney, PhD, RD
  • Joseph (Joe) Hales, PhD, FACMI (Chair)
  • Catherine (Cathy) Ivory, PhD, RN-BC, RNC-OB, FAAN (Vice Chair)
  • Bryant Karras, MD
  • Brian LeBaron, PharmD, BCPS
  • Virginia Lorenzi, MS
  • Lisa Lyon, MSN, RN, CDE
  • LaVerne Manos, DNP, RN-BC, FAMIA
  • Kim Nolen, PharmD
  • Justin Starren, MD, PhD, FACMI, FAMIA
  • Annette Valenta, DrPH, FACMI
  • Nicole Willis, MPH, CHES
 
Health Informatics Certification Commission Members
 
Amit Acharya, BDS, MS, PHD
 
Amit Acharya is the Executive Director of Marshfield Clinic Research Institute at Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS). He serves as the Chief Dental Informatics Officer at MCHS and Deputy Director of CTSA at UW-Madison/MCHS. As a general dental surgeon (BDS) and computer scientist (MS) with expertise in biomedical informatics (PhD), his research is focused on integration of medical and dental data and patient care. He has held several national leadership roles including AMIA’s Dental Informatics Group. He was the chairman of the clinical informatics sub-committee of the American Dental Associations’ (ADA) Standards Committee for Dental Informatics and the ADA representative to HL7 in 2017. He has contributed on several national HIT expert panels hosted by AHRQ, ONC for Health Information Technology, NQF and NASEM.
 
Eta Berner, EdD, FACMI, FHIMSS, FIAHSI
 
Eta S. Berner received her doctorate in education from Harvard and was a post-doctoral fellow in Medical Education from the University of Washington.   She is Professor of Health Informatics and Director of the Center for Health Informatics for Patient Safety/Quality in the Department of Health Services Administration and a Senior Scientist in the Informatics Institute, University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Dr. Berner’s research interests are in the area of evaluation of clinical decision support systems and she has served on multiple federal advisory committees related to CDS.   Related to the HICC, she has been a consultant to two medical specialty boards in regard to their certification exams, has taught courses on test construction, and is a member of AMIA’s Accreditation Committee.
 
Pamela Charney, PhD, RD
 
Pamela Charney is a registered dietitian with over 20 years of experience working in all areas of healthcare. In addition to her PhD from Rutgers in Health Sciences/Human Nutrition, she has two Masters degrees from the University of Washington: Nutritional Sciences and Clinical Informatics and Patient Centered Technology. Pam is currently Program Chair of Healthcare Services and Informatics Administration at the University of North Georgia where she is also head of Interdisciplinary Healthcare.  Having led creation of two undergraduate degrees in healthcare informatics, Pam has extensive experience in higher education program development. She is also an expert instructional designer and peer-reviewer for Quality Matters. Finally, Pam participated in creation of an advanced credential in clinical nutrition, for which she also became a certified multiple choice test item writer and participated in creation of the CAHIMs credential.
 
Joseph (Joe) Hales, PhD, FACMI (Health Informatics Certification Commission Chair)
 
Joseph W. Hales is CIO, Children’s Health at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Dr. Hales joined Intermountain in 2003 after more than eleven years in academic medical informatics, having been on the faculty at Duke University and the University of Missouri.  He has published on a range of topics in health informatics, including controlled vocabularies, decision support systems, online health information, clinical database design and medical informatics education.  He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of AMIA and is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.  Dr. Hales is an Associate Professor in Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah and holds an adjunct position in the Department of Pediatrics. 
 
Catherine (Cathy) Ivory, PhD, RN-BC, RNC-OB, FAAN (Health Informatics Certification Commission Vice Chair)
 
Cathy Ivory is the Senior Director of Nursing Research for Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. In addition to licensure as a registered nurse, Dr. Ivory holds a graduate degree in nursing administration and healthcare informatics from Georgia College & State University and her PhD in Nursing Science from Vanderbilt University. She has been an AMIA member since 2008 and is an active member of the NI-WG, the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI), and the Nursing Big Data to Knowledge Initiative. Dr. Ivory is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and was the 2018 recipient of the HIMSS/ANI Nursing Informatics Leadership Award. She is an informatics focused health services researcher.
 
Bryant Karras, MD
 
Bryant Karras joined Washington's Department of Health in 2008. As Public Health Informatics Officer he leads the informatics and interoperability roadmap for the enterprise wide agency effort. He has a technical and problem-solving approach to public health informatics research with a background in Biomedical Engineering (UC San Diego), Internal Medicine (University of Wisconsin) and Medical Informatics (Yale). Dr. Karras teaches and mentors Masters and PhD students and has developed competencies, curricula and continuing education courses, both in the USA and internationally. Dr. Karras has represented public health on the WA Health Care Authority’s eHealth Collaborative Enterprise committee, OneHealthPort’s HIE Leadership Group, and was on the Community HIE Oversight Board. He was a founding faculty member of the University of Washington’s Biomedical & Health Informatics program, and the Center for Public Health Informatics - funded by CDC, NLM and RWJF.
 
Brian LeBaron, PharmD, BCPS
 
Brian LeBaron is the Pharmacy Informatics and Pharmacoeconomic Program Manager at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System. There, he has been active in developing Clinical Decision Support tools to assist the launch of a new 200-bed inpatient facility as well as managing the informatics needs of the associated outpatient clinics and 7 satellite clinic locations throughout Louisiana. He participates in local and regional efforts with the VA to reduce costs through guided product selection with the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, VISN 16 Antimicrobial Stewardship Task Force, and others. Dr. LeBaron previously practiced pharmacy informatics at the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, completed an AMIA 10x10 certificate program, and attended the National Library of Medicine’s Biomedical Informatics Resident Course with Augusta University. Dr. LeBaron received his B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Mississippi.
 
Virginia Lorenzi, MS
 
Virginia Lorenzi received her MS in Computer Science from NYU Polytechnic Institute.  She is currently Associate in Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University and Senior Technical Architect at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.  Virginia has worked in health informatics for 3 decades with both academic and applied experience. At Columbia University, she directs the Certification of Professional Achievement in Health IT.  She co-chairs the Columbia HL7 FHIR Lab and lectures and advises on interoperability standards.  She was instrumental in the development of the ONC Workforce curriculum and training programs.  At NewYork-Presbyterian, she has extensive experience solving interoperability problems and implementing Health IT regulations.  Her long tenure at HL7 includes teaching, certification program development, and leadership including Education Advisory Committee Chair.  She also teaches CAHIMS certification review for NY HIMSS.
 
Lisa Lyon, MSN, RN, CDE
 
Lisa Lyon is Senior Clinical Informatics Coordinator/IT Training Director for the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, OK.  She plans and manages projects at the clinic, system, and national level for Indian Health Service (IHS) EHR implementation.  Lisa is a frequent consultant to tribal and IHS informatics projects and committees, including the Oklahoma State and Tribal Alliance for Health. Lisa is active in HIMSS (Nursing Informatics Committee member and Nursing Informatics Education Taskforce Co-chair) and has participated in multiple national health informatics initiatives (AMIA, ONC, HHS, and Robert Wood Johnson).  She was one of 23 inaugural ONC Health IT Fellows and the only tribal/IHS representative.  Lisa received her MSN-Healthcare Informatics from the University of Colorado.   
 
LaVerne Manos, DNP, RN-BC, FAMIA
 
E. LaVerne Manos is Program Director of Interprofessional programs in Health for the University of Kansas and serves as Director and graduate informatics faculty. Dr. Manos is a founding member of the core team for the Interprofessional Education Center at the University of Kansas. She holds expertise in human factors engineering in informatics and simulation and in implementation science. Dr. Manos’ passion is making a difference in the informatics profession through the foundational work of professionalization of informatics. This passion is evident through Dr. Manos’ work on several AMIA Academic Forum (AF) working groups during the development of the clinical informatics specialty with the AF and ACGME, leadership through service for several years as an elected member of the Executive Committee in the AF, and AMIA board appointment to the Health Informatics Accreditation Committee (HIAC). The first ask of HIAC was to create the competencies for accreditation at a Masters level.
 
Kim Nolen, PharmD
 
Kim Nolen is a lead Clinical Informatics Medical Outcomes Specialist for Pfizer, Inc in the Medical Affairs division where she monitors the external environment, actualizes opportunities in the landscape, and manages large scale digital collaborations with external customers.  She helps puts complex/abstract topics in manageable pieces to make them understandable so others can come onboard with a new vision/concept.  She has been recognized through appointments of several Health IT committees, including the past FACA Health IT Standards Committee.  She has experience in mobile app development and creating technical solutions to integrate into the EHR including AI/ML models.  Kim holds a BS in Statistics, a Doctor of Pharmacy, and a graduate level certificate as a Clinician Leader, Health Information Technology. 
 
Justin Starren, MD, PhD, FACMI, FAMIA
 
Justin Starren is Professor of Preventive Medicine and Medical Social Sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is founding Chief of the Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics, Deputy Director of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) and Director of the Center for Data Science and Informatics (CDSI). From his start as the first PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University, Dr. Starren’s entire career has involved defining competencies for the field.  He co-developed the Informatics Competencies for Translational Researchers and was a founding member of the ABPM Clinical Informatics Board Certification Examination Committee. From telemedicine to genomics to patient reported outcomes, his research has consistently focused on creating and implementing informatics innovations in real-world systems.
 
Annette Valenta, DrPH, FACMI
 
Annette L. Valenta is Emerita Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  In her near 30 years at UIC (retiring July 2019), she developed, administered and taught in degree programs at the level of Master’s (online), Doctorate, Certificate/Fellowship, and the AMIA 10x10 at UIC.  In 2016, she collaborated with others in the CTSA Consortium to update the core competencies for clinical and translational scientists (Valenta et al., JAMIA, 7/2016).  She chaired AMIAs Accreditation Committee that established the foundational domains and competencies for accreditation by CAHIIM (Valenta et al., JAMIA, 10/2018).  Dr. Valenta received an AMIA Leadership Award in 2016 and will be inducted into ACMI in November 2019.  With funding through AHRQ, HHS, DOD and NIH, her research focuses on organizational issues surrounding health technology.
 
Nicole Willis, MPH, CHES
 
Nicole Willis has 15 years of experience in public health and health systems integration. Nicole is the Chief Operations Officer of the North Sound Accountable Community of Health. The North Sound ACH is one of nine regional entities responsible for health system transformation efforts under Washington State’s Medicaid waiver program. Before joining the North Sound ACH, she was an Epidemiologist with the Whatcom County Health Department where she worked for 12 years. Nicole holds an undergraduate degree in School and Community Health Education from the University of Idaho and an MPH from the University of Washington. She is a 2016 Informatics-Training in Place Program Fellowship graduate and served on NACCHO's ePublic Health and Informatics Workgroup and AMIA's Health Informatics Practice Analysis Task Force.