Certificates and Certifications
AMIA is exploring the types of health informatics credentials—certificates and certifications—that would meet the needs of health informatics professionals in different roles and at different points in their careers, organizations seeking to hire qualified health informatics professionals, and society (the health of the public) as health informatics professionals’ work impacts health system processes and outcomes.
Health informatics certifications or certificates may provide opportunities for
- Early-career health informatics professionals to demonstrate their mastery of foundational knowledge and skills required to perform common informatics tasks.
- Mid-career professionals to demonstrate their ability to apply informatics knowledge and skills to a range of increasingly complex situations.
- Individuals seeking to highlight skills in a particular domain of health informatics.
Health informatics certifications developed by AMIA would differ from existing certifications or credentials in two key ways.
- Credentials would focus on the practice of health informatics rather than on fields of health information technology (HIT) or health information management (HIM). These three fields have distinct bodies of knowledge and operational roles within the health care system.
- Future credentials would be available to individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines in contrast to credentials that focus on a specific area (e.g., nursing informatics).
AMIA’s overarching goals in exploring health informatics certifications are to:
- Provide opportunities for individual health informatics professionals to demonstrate their mastery of designated knowledge and skills that align with different levels of professional responsibility and/or focus.
- Provide guidance to health informatics students and professionals on how to prepare for professional advancement.
- Assist employers seeking to hire qualified health informatics professionals.
- Create mechanisms to measure the ability of health informatics professionals, whose health informatics work may impact health system processes and outcomes, to perform skills and apply knowledge needed for their jobs.