Meet The American Society of Health Informatics Managers and the CHISP™ Certification

I’ve recently discovered a new organization that I believe will become a integral resource for professionals who are working to bridge the gap in their experience between Healthcare and IT.  The American Society of Health Informatics Managers™, Inc. (ASHIM) is a professional member association for IT professionals who specialize (or plan to) in Healthcare IT.  ASHIM™ is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that conducts a nationally recognized credentialing exam to certify the healthcare industry knowledge of working level IT professionals, known as the Certified Health Informatics Systems Professional (CHISP™).

The CHISP™ core competency outline, developed by ASHIM, defines a set of skills-based competencies needed by IT professionals in the Healthcare IT profession, regardless of the career path they choose. It is rooted in seven core competencies to reflect the nature of the field and the way one area of knowledge blends into another.

The CHISP™ credential indicates that an IT professional is able to support physician adoption of Healthcare IT.   Areas of testing include the healthcare environment, Healthcare IT, IT, and soft skills including communication skills.

A CHISP™ certified IT Professional has successfully demonstrated knowledge and skill in the following:


Basic anatomy and common disease processes

Operational structuring of healthcare services and providers

Conversational medical terminology

General principals of medical research


Strong written, verbal, face to face, and presentation skills


Industry accreditation requirements and regulatory compliance

Medical legal considerations including ARRA, HIPAA, STARK, etc

Payment compliance including SSA, OIG Compliance for Group Practice, prompt payment laws, etc


Clinical data repositories

Clinical healthcare applications

Computerized decision support systems


Digital imaging systems

Documentation management tools

Electronic health records products/services

Enterprise master patient indices


Patient portals

Personal health records products/services

Principals of clinical remote monitoring

Principals of telehealth


Principals related to of Costs of Care

Accepted standards in clinical terms and coding

Statistical concepts used in research


The patient-care flow process

Basic physician billing principals: ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding

Basic physician billing principals: CPT Coding

Knowledge of contract and billing operations related to 3rd party payment (commercial and government)


Principals of RFID, wireless, mobile platforms

New/emerging technologies

Operating Systems

Principals of Linux and Unix

As the word continues to spread that Healthcare IT is the place to be, it’s going to become even more critical for Healthcare IT job seekers to find ways to distinguish themselves from their competition.   In my opinion, attaining the CHISP™ certification is a very wise investment, because it demonstrates a broad knowledge base that recruiters and hiring managers are desperately searching for.  And speaking of investment, ASHIM is offering this certification for about what my Starbucks bill would be if I limited myself to one Grande Non-Fat No-Whip Mocha a week for a year (if only) ~ $260, which also includes your membership dues for an entire year, so this is truly an exceptional opportunity.

And if you’re not ready for/in need of the CHISP™ certification?  Consider joining ASHIM anyway, as I did, to support their efforts and have access to their growing resources.

Interested in learning more about ASHIM?  Here’s a link to their online brochure , or feel free to contact Dallin Hawkins at ASHIM for additional information.

About the author


Gwen Darling

Gwen Darling is a Search Executive specializing in Healthcare IT, the Founder of Healthcare IT Central (the leading online Career Center for Healthcare IT job seekers and employers), and the Former Editor/Founder of Healthcare IT Today. Gwen also is a featured blogger for Healthcare Informatics magazine.


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