Certified Health Technology Specialist - Practice Workflow Credential

Certified Health Technology Specialist - Practice Workflow Credential

Credits Available

  • HCA 101: Healthcare Systems and Administration (3 credits, lower division level)
  • HIM 200: Health Information Systems (3 credits, lower division level)
  • HIM 300: Medical Vocabularies and Classification Systems (3 credits, upper division level)
  • HIM 410: Healthcare Database Design and Development (3 credits, upper division level)
  • HIM 420: Healthcare Research and Quality (3 credits, upper division level)
  • ITE 102: Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits, lower division level)

Dates Valid

July 2013 through December 2015

Issuing Agency

American Health Information Management Association

About the Credential

Effective with the July 2013 Certified Health Technology Specialist - Practice Workflow exam, the skills needed to reorganize the provider's work to effectively use health IT to improve health care, is assessed. Skills include: Development and analysis of user requirements to facilitate workflow design, integration of information technology functions into workflow, documentation of health information technology needs, ability to design processes and information flows that accommodate quality improvement and reporting, communication to work with provider personnel to implement revised workflows and evaluation of processes to validate or improve practice systems.

Applying for the Credit 

Submit a Credential Credit Application to apply for the credit.

  • Charter Oak students: Log into the Acorn Student Portal and look in Student Self-Service / Student Forms.
  • Non-Charter Oak students: Contact the PLA Office to request a Credential Credit Application.

Course Descriptions

HCA 101: Healthcare Systems and Administration (3 credits, lower level)
This course provides the broad introduction to health care systems and organizations, including management skills, trends, public policy and global healthcare issues.

HIM 200: Health Information Systems (3 credits, lower level)
This course focuses on the use of electronic information systems in healthcare. The integration of administrative, clinical and technical management is promoted with computer technology including decision support systems and health information standards.

HIM 300: Medical Vocabularies and Classification Systems (3 credits, upper level)
This course covers the common terminologies and vocabularies used in healthcare and public health and healthcare management.

HIM 410: Healthcare Database Design and Development (3 credits, upper level)
This course integrates health information functions with database concepts and management. Covering data definition modeling and definitions, the content includes data access, design and implementation in the relational model context.

HIM 420: Healthcare Research and Quality (3 credits, upper level)
In this course, the topics of healthcare research and quality management are explored. The theory, practice, and management of performance, quality and risk management improvement processes, directed to the healthcare culture, are addressed.

ITE 102: Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits, lower level)
This course provides students with the introductory fundamentals of computer hardware and software; the internet; the terminology of computing; and system development.

About the Review

This review was funded by the Connecticut Health & Life Sciences Career Initiative (HLSCI), a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor. HLSCI is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.Course Descriptions