The Phicon Institute for Health Informatics, Atlanta:
The Phicon Institute for Health Informatics is a subsidiary of the Phicon Corporation and is an Atlanta-based online Electronic Health Record training institute. We offer a nationally-recognized Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist Certification (CEHRS) course which can be taken either online or on-site in our Altanta Education Center. The CEHRS course is a 15-week course that discusses the application of information technology solutions to clinical practice in the United States. It is designed to fast track your career in the field of Health Informatics, Electronic Health Records & Health Information Technology. Full tuition can be paid through the Georgia WIA (Work Investment Act) if you qualify.
Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist Certification (CEHRS) Course:
The Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist Certification (CEHRS) course is a 15 week course which can be taken either online or on-site in our Altanta Education Center.
This course discusses the application of information technology solutions to clinical practice in the United States. The course will introduce the basic elements and functions of the Electronic Health Record and how it can improve accuracy, efficiency, privacy and safety in the current healthcare environment. The course will explore the technological requirements for an Electronic Health Record system and discuss some of the available options in accordance to national standards and law.
At the end of this course you will receive the Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS), a nationally recognized credential given by NHA. There is a limited number of positions available, if all the positions for one month are filled, candidates will need to wait for the next month to begin the certification course.
- Demonstrate skill and competence in the operation of the EHR, as well as compliance with clinical standards.
- Demonstrate understanding of the reasons for which the integration of technology into healthcare is necessary
- Define and understand privacy, confidentiality, and security in healthcare and the relationship to the electronic health record and health information management.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts in health data management along with an understanding of the importance of proper database management in a healthcare setting.
- Understand appropriate electronic means of communications with patients, particularly the use of mobile and wireless communication in healthcare. (Fax, mobile phone, and e-mail)
The course will teach the best practices for transition from a paper based record to an Electronic Health Record. It also discusses the current Health Information technology standards as well as the rules and regulations that govern the Electronic Health Record Software.
- Describe the functions of electronic health records and explain the advantages they offer physicians and patients over paper-based records.
- Create a workflow to demonstrate how electronic health records are used in hospitals.
- Create a workflow to demonstrate how electronic health records are used in physician practices and other outpatient settings.
- Identify and describe the functions of a Personal Health Record (PHR) and explain how the PHR is dependent on the Electronic Health Record.
- Identify and describe the functions of a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) and explain how the RHIO is dependent on the Electronic Health Record.
- List the challenges that electronic health information poses to the privacy and security of patient's health information.
- Explain the importance of and define the clinical standards as well as the HIPAA standards in the development of interoperable electronic health records.
The main prerequisite for the CEHRS Certificate is a High School Certificate or GED. Students must be proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel and be able to navigate the internet. Lastly, students must be proficient enough to read and write in English.
- Class starts the first Monday of every month and runs for 15 weeks.
- Participation requires an average allotment of up to 10 hrs/week via a guided flexible schedule (asymmetric facilitation).
To graduate, each student must have completed:
- All courses as described in the course curriculum.
- 80% or more attendance.
- Fulfill all financial obligations.
- Returned all school properties.
- Passed all tests as required by the course.
On the successful completion of this course, graduates will receive the following 2 certifications:
* 1. Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) issued by the National Health Careers Association (NHA).
* 2. Certified Electronic Health Record & Informatics Specialist (CEHRIS) issued by Public Health Informatics Consultants. This is PHICON Corporations international equivalent for the NHA Certification.
Your final grade will be based on and calculated using test scores, case studies, and additional work assignments, as given. The final exam will count as 20% of the total grade, chapter tests 60%, and all other scores 20%. All assessment courses and tests must be completed prior to being enrolled in the final Certification Exam.