Dr. Anthony Blash, associate professor in pharmaceutical, social & administrative sciences in Belmont’s College of Pharmacy, recently published a book chapter titled “The Role of the Professional Association” in the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Continuing Professional Development for Health Informatics Professionals. This chapter was written in collaboration with JoAnn Klinedinst, M.ED., CPHIMS, PMP, DES, FHIMSS, FACHE, vice president of professional development for the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
Engaging in ongoing, continuing professional development is a strategic imperative for the health informatics professional. In today’s global economy, health care is fast-paced, dynamic and ever-changing. While this rapid change is both exciting and exhausting, digital health transformation is positively impacting lives, today and every day, in ways not previously imagined. For these reasons, health informaticists must embrace lifelong learning to ensure they have the professional competencies to advance initiatives that positively impact patient care.
Written as a contributed compilation of topics by leading practitioners, the Handbook of Continuing Professional Development for Health Informatics Professionals discusses the most critical competencies needed to ensure understanding of the vast health and care ecosystem while also highlighting industry influences that shape the very evolution of health information and technology.