CAHIMS Exam Preparation Course

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Course Introduction

Welcome to the CAHIMS Exam Preparation Course. This course and the CAHIMS exam are the result of collaboration between the Life Science Informatics Center at Bellevue College and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Significant content found in the CAHIMS Exam Preparation Course stems from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Creation of this course and the CAHIMS exam was made possible through support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Funded by National Science Foundation Award Number 1003223.

This course offers an overview of healthcare, health information technology, and health information management systems. The focus is on the role and responsibilities of entry-level health IT specialists in each phase of the health information management systems lifecycle. The curriculum is aligned to the new Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS) certification administered by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. This certificate is designed for students who have previous experience in IT or healthcare and it is designed to serve as a pathway into health IT careers.

Please email informatics@bellevuecollege.edu if you:

  • Would like more information about this program
  • Are a faculty member who will be teaching this program and would like additional information
  • Would like to report an error or technical issue

Main Subject Areas

  • Healthcare Environment
  • Leadership and Planning in Healthcare
  • Professionalism and Communication Skills in Healthcare
  • Health Information Technology Environment
  • Privacy and Security
  • Health Information Management Systems Analysis and Design
  • Health Information Management Systems Selection and Acquisition
  • Health Information Management Systems Implementation and Management
  • Health Information Management Systems Testing and Evaluation

Learning Outcomes

  • Present basic characteristics, interrelationships, and services of different types of healthcare organizations
  • Discuss the impact of commonly accepted laws, regulations, accreditation, and other state and local rules that govern the healthcare industry, with an emphasis on privacy and security
  • Identify significant business trends affecting the healthcare field and discuss their potential impact on providers and customers
  • Present best practices to support ethical behaviors, communication, leadership and professionalism in healthcare organizations
  • Describe the role and characteristics of various IT applications and systems commonly used in healthcare
  • Discuss significant technology trends affecting the health IT field
  • Present organizational policies and procedures to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data
  • Present the key steps, strategies and roles that support health information management systems analysis and design
  • Present the key steps, strategies and roles that support health information management systems selection and acquisition
  • Present the key steps, strategies and roles that support health information management systems implementation and management
  • Present the key steps, strategies and roles that support health information management systems testing and evaluation
  • Present the role of health IT specialists in each phase of the health information management systems lifecycle

Funded by National Science Foundation Award Number 1003223.

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