AMIA Plans To Promote Informatics Certification for Nonphysician Staff

In a perspective article published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Edward Shortliffe -- outgoing president and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association -- writes that AMIA plans to promote the establishment of an informatics certification program for nonphysicians, Modern Healthcare reports (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 11/30).

Background

In September, the American Board of Medical Specialties formally recognized clinical informatics as a medical subspecialty.

Physicians who are board-certified in any of the 24 primary medical specialties now will be able to gain additional certification as medical informaticians (iHealthBeat, 9/26).

According to Shortliffe, the American Board of Preventive Medicine is on track to administer the first exam for certification in clinical informatics in fall 2012.

APBM will oversee the certification process. The American Board of Pathology and two other medical boards have asked to be cosponsors in the certification process.

Certification for Nonphysicians

In the perspective article, Shortliffe writes that AMIA recognizes that "many superb clinical informaticians" -- including nurses and pharmacists -- will be ineligible for the informatics certification.

Shortliffe writes that nonphysician health care workers who are "working full-time in clinical informatics environments clearly need a similar kind of certifying opportunity, and AMIA is committed to developing such options for all our members who wish to pursue clinical informatics certification" (Modern Healthcare, 11/30).


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