CHIMSS Newsletter April 2017

In this newsletter:

  • Advocacy Day at the Capitol

  • Professional Development

Colorado Health IT Advocacy Day is April 20, 2017!

Please join us for the 8th annual Advocacy Day! A day packed with educational and networking opportunities focused on key state-wide HIT initiatives, innovation and making communities healthier. Brought to you by CHIMSS - Colorado Chapter of HIMSS.


Morning Sessions | 8:00-12:00 PM: Old Supreme Court Chambers, Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver

Lunch & Afternoon Sessions | 12:15-3:15 PM: Scottish Rite Denver Consistory, 1370 Grant St., Denver


8:00-8:30 AM: Registration / Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 AM: Overview of the Day, Welcome & Health IT Day Proclamation

8:45-9:45 AM: eHealth Commission Update - Moderator: Mary Anne Leach, Dir. Office eHealth Innovation

  • Marc Lassaux CTO, Quality Health Network
  • Morgan Honea, CEO, CORHIO
  • Dr. Greg Reicks, Family Medicine, Foresight Family Physicians
  • Jason Greer, CEO, Colorado Community Managed Care Network (CCMCN)

9:45-10:00 AM: Update from the Lt. Governor’s Office: Donna Lynne, Lieutenant Governor

10:00-10:45 AM: Colorado’s Innovation Labs - Moderator: TBA

  •  Kimberly Muller, Managing Director, CU Innovations/Children’s Hospital Colorado
  •  Julie Reisetter, VP Innovation, UC Health

11:00-12:00 PM: Making Communities Healthy - Moderator: Sherri Hess, MS-IS, RN, FHIMSS Assoc Chief Nursing Informatics Officer Denver Health

  •  Dr. Ken Bellian, UHC Innovation Lab
  •  Todd Evenson, COO, MGMA
  •  Bob Goodman, CEO, for RxAssurance,
  •  Christine Savoie, BSN, RN, Call Center Nurse Manager NurseLine Services
  •  Jennifer Bishop BSN, RN, Nursing Program Manager Women’s Mobile Clinic

12:15-12:45: Lunch & Networking

12:45-1:15 PM: The Patient’s Perspective, stories from the field

1:15-2:00 PM: Introductions of Legislators & Presentation of Bills

2:00-3:00 PM: Transforming Healthcare Together: Mike Biselli, President, Catalyst HTI

3:00-3:15 PM: Wrap-up


Professional Development: A Letter from Michael Archuleta, Development Chair

Dear fellow members of the Colorado HIMSS Chapter,

Allow me to take a brief moment to introduce myself. My name is Michael Archuleta and I’m your chapter’s professional development chair. I would like to shed light on a few of the areas within HIMSS that will enable you to enhance your careers through member advancement. Learning how to effectively navigate and utilize your membership advancement will maximize your professional development. I look forward to future opportunities where I can speak with you personally and provide assistance and guidance when needed. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email me at or call me at 719-859-0741.

HIMSS offers a wide range of online educational opportunities including the eLearning Academy, a variety of self-paced eLearning courses as well as past recordings of virtual events such as the HIMSS National Conference and webinars. Also available are a number of cost effective online education events focusing on ICD-10, mobile health, meaningful use, privacy and security, and much more. Below you will find information on membership advancements and the certification process on why it’s important to become certify and how to become certified through HIMSS.

Michael Archuleta

CHIMSS Professional Development

Member Advancement

CPHIMSS/CAHIMSS is a separate program that is obtained via a proctored test. It is accredited and requires ongoing training and accreditation.

HIMSS Fellows and Senior Member Advancement Process & Application
On-line Application – email to receive electronic application
In addition to the Application Form, please email us and attach these supporting documents:
1. Current job description
2. Organizational chart, with position circled
3. Proof of highest degree, if applicable
4. Proof of current certification credential, if applicable
5. Letter of recommendation from current Fellow (if applying for Fellow)
6. Letter of recommendation from CXO (optional)

Apply for Member Advancement
We strongly encourage our members to contribute to the health IT industry through presentations, publications and volunteer participation. Active HIMSS members are recognized for their dedication to our society and industry when they become a Senior or Fellow member. Advancement criteria is based on professional capability, experience, leadership and service. Senior and Fellow Members are leaders within HIMSS and the industry. Advanced Membership recognizes past contributions, but also comes with expectations for continuing participation and contribution.

Why Get Certified?
Certification demonstrates that you meet a standard of professional body of knowledge and reach a milestone in your professional development. Many organizations require that candidates have certification and encourage current employees to obtain certification.


By getting certified, you can:
• Distinguish yourself in an increasingly competitive marketplace
• Expand your career opportunities
• Validate your knowledge, competency and credibility
• Gain skills and tools to help you make a difference in your organization and your community
• Demonstrate your commitment to continuing professional development
• Gain a sense of personal and professional achievements
What are the HIMSS Certifications?
HIMSS administers two professional certification programs for healthcare information and management systems:
• CAHIMS (Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems) is designed for emerging professionals who may or may not have experience within the industry. CAHIMS is designed to be a pathway for careers in health IT.
• CPHIMS (Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems) is a professional certification program for experienced healthcare information and management systems professionals.

I Eligible for Certification?
Eligible candidates can earn certification by taking the CAHIMS or CPHIMS exam.
Please view our eligibility requirements overview page to find out whether you qualify to take the CAHIMS and CPHIMS exam.

CAHIMS Eligibility Requirements
To qualify to take the CAHIMS examination and earn CAHIMS certification, you must have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent.
For detailed information on CAHIMS eligibility requirements, refer to the CAHIMS Candidate Handbook.

PHIMS Eligibility Requirements
To qualify to take the CPHIMS examination and earn CPHIMS certification, you must either:
• Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
• Have five years of information and management systems experience, with three of those years in a healthcare setting.

• Hold a graduate degree or higher from an accredited college or university and
• Have three years of information and management systems experience, with two of those years in a healthcare setting.

What are the Certification Fees?
For a detailed breakdown of fees associated with the HIMSS Certification program – including application, renewal and review material fees – please see our certification fees overview page.

Fee Reimbursement for Veterans

HIMSS Certification is a natural complement to many positions that veterans hold during or after active duty. Fee reimbursement eliminates a potential barrier veterans face to becoming certified in healthcare information and management systems, and may open the doors of opportunity for further advancement. In order to be reimbursed for the HIMSS Certification Program, you must be eligible for the Montgomery G.I. Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP), Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP) or Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) programs.