Belmont University College of Pharmacy students Aziz Afzali and Jae Yi recently became certified by examination in the area of health care informatics. The Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS), a credential distributed by the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), is a health IT certification designed for emerging professionals within the industry. This certification demonstrates knowledge of health IT and management systems, facilitating entry-level careers in health IT. It is designed to be a career pathway to the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) credential.
Belmont Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Informatics and Analytics Anthony Blash is the sponsor of the CAHIMS certification initiative at Belmont and has created a four-course sequence of classes to prepare pharmacy students for healthcare informatics. The department saw its first student certify at the CAHIMS level in 2015 and expects 20-30 students to certify each year moving forward.