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The Health Informatics Certification Commission is 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 is autonomous with respect to all certification decisions and operations. Following certification best practice, there is 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.

Executive Commission Members

Catherine (Cathy) Ivory, PhD, RN-BC, RNC-OB, FAAN
Health Informatics Certification Commission Chair
Senior Director of Nursing Research
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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.

Laverne Manos, DNP, RN-BC, FAMIA
Health Informatics Certification Commission Vice Chair
University of Kansas Center for Health Informatics

E. LaVerne Manos is Director of University of Kansas Center for Health Informatics, which is a center of excellence. She is Program Director of Interprofessional programs in Health for the University of Kansas and serves as 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 Health Informatics Accreditation Committee (HIAC). Currently Dr. Manos also serves as a member of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) Health Informatics Accreditation Council.   

Lisa Lyon, MSHI, RN, CDCES
Health Informatics Certification Commission Secretary
Cherokee Nation

Lisa Lyon is Senior Clinical Informatics Coordinator/IT Training Director for the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, OK. Cherokee Nation is the largest Tribal Health System in the country.
Lisa has been 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 (Oklahoma HIMSS Board, 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 and has maintained Certified Diabetes Educator status for 22 years.

Joseph (Joe) Hales, PhD, FACMI
Health Informatics Certification Commission Past Chair
CIO - Children’s Health
Intermountain Healthcare

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.

Commission Members

  • Pamela Charney, PhD, RD
  • Bryant Karras, MD
  • Dr. Sunita Kasliwal, ACHIP™
  • Virginia Lorenzi, MS, ACHIP™
  • Amir Mohammad, MD, MPH, ACHIP™
  • Kim Nolen, PharmD, ACHIP™
  • Sheila Newton Scott (Public Member)
  • Raymonde Uy, MD, MBA, ACHIP™
  • Annette Valenta, DrPH, FACMI

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