A little over 4 years ago I received a call from Jeff Couch, co-founder and Managing Partner of Uber Operations. The purpose of the call was to see if I would be interested in moving back to the US to help grow his company. It has been an amazing ride. I have worked with some of the best health technologists in the nation and have been part of projects of national significance ( Pandemic Influenza and Lab Information Exchange Hub ). I have also had the opportunity to be involved in national organizations and workgroups like HIMSS and the HIMSS Latino Community. As I became involved in industry groups I began to hear more and more about the CPHIMS certification. After doing some research, I knew it was something I wanted to go sit for……..Well, I took the test on July 2, 2012 and I passed. It was challenging but if you spend the time preparing and have the required experience, there is no reason why you can’t pass. Below are a few things I did to prep:
- It helps if you are a PMP and have experience with Six Sigma and ITIL. They will ask you questions related to Initiate, Execute, …Close…as well as Configuration Management, Change Management etc. (if you need help learning about any of these, let me know here)
- Read the CPHIMS web site 5 times: http://www.himss.org/ASP/certification_cphims.asp Know it back and forth. HIMSS provides a ton of helpful information.
- I purchased and studied the Preparing for Success in Healthcare Information and Management Systems:
- The CPHIMS Review CD ROM (link). It was helpful but there were many questions on the test that were not mentioned in the study guide. If I would do it again, I would spend a little extra money and time on the Practice Test ( link ).
- I studied for a month and a half. I dedicated about 1.5 hours, 5 days a week for about a month and a half. (I am lucky to have a wife that supported me. She rocks.)
- I used up all of the 2 hours allowed to take the test. The math questions took the most time (not difficulty but time needed to calculate)
- If you didn’t figure this out from #6 here it is: bring a calculator..they only allow you to bring simple calculators in the testing center..no TI-84)
- Don’t forget to bring 2 forms of identification (that include your signature).
- You can do it.
If you found this blog post it probably means you are “Googling” away trying to see if you are going to pull the trigger. Hope this helps and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out here.