SBMI Continuing Education

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Welcome to the School of Biomedical Informatics Continuing Education Program! We are pleased to offer HIMSS professionals health informatics courses to help them advance their industry knowledge and earn or maintain appropriate certification.

All Continuing Education courses are available to the general public. Admission to UTHealth academic programs is not required. Please review course listing below for detailed information on all of our Continuing Education opportunities.

Continuing Education Program Benefits
We strive to offer a learning experience that enhances your knowledge about the applications of health IT and introduces you to new and exciting innovations in health care. Our program includes:

  • Federal and industry standards on privacy and security
  • Comprehensive introductory courses on health care data systems and data analytics
  • Competitive pricing
  • Open registration
  • 100% online instruction
  • Up to six months of access to training materials
  • Self-paced courses fit your schedule and availability
  • A Certificate of Completion for each course upon completing course modules and assessments

 


Details on Continuing Education Courses

In 2016, The School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) led the Health Informatics Curriculum and Training for Transformation (HICATT) Program funded by a grant from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). HICATT’s mission was to provide informatics training to assist health care professionals to advance transformative care for patients.

In our commitment to developing professional education, SBMI Continuing Education is now offering the HICATT courses as a continuing education program. Please see the details below for the four courses currently available.

The enrollment cost for all five courses is $250 for six months access. Upon registration, enrollees will gain access to all five courses and can complete them at their desired pace within the six month timeframe. Our five courses can be used for Certification Renewals for CAHIMS and CPHIMS. All five courses total up to the minimum of 25 CEs needed for renewal under Continuing Education.

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.

In order to maintain your certification of CAHIMS or CPHIMS, you need to renew every three years. You must obtain 45 CEs during your renewal cycle. A minimum of 25 of the 45 CEs must be obtained from HIMSS or HIMSS-Approved Provider activities.

Please continue to check back regularly as we will be adding additional courses in 2018.

 


What We Offer

Our course features instructional materials from HICATT, a health informatics training program, organized by SBMI with funding provided by the ONC. SBMI is also a HIMSS Approved Education Partner (AEP) which certifies that our material meets industry-level standards for effective health training.

Population Health

Here are the topics that will be covered: Population Health and the Application of Health IT, Implications of Policy, Finance, and Business of Population Health, Population Health IT and Data Systems, Identifying Risk and Segmenting Populations, Predictive Analytics for Population Health, and Big Data, Interoperability, and Analytics for Population Health.

Care Coordination and Interoperable Health IT Systems

Here are the topics that will be covered: Overview of Interoperable Health IT, Standards of Interoperable Health IT, Implementing Health Interoperability, Policy and Interoperable Health IT, and Expanding Access with Technology.

Value-Based Care

Here are the topics that will be covered: Introduction to Value-Based Care, Regulatory Environment, Value-Based Quality and Safety, Volume to Value, and Outcomes and Reimbursements.

Health Care Data Analytics

Here are the topics that will be covered: Secondary Use of Clinical Data, Patient Identification, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing, Learning Health Systems, Usability, and Risk Adjustment and Predictive Modeling.

Patient-Centered Care

Here are the topics that will be covered: Introduction to Patient Engagement & Participation, Activated Patients, Supporting Patient-Driven Care Coordination, Shared Decision-Making, Precision Medicine, and Patient-Orientated Data Analytics.

Disclaimer: Professionals coming from any field can take any courses. The courses were developed as recommended options for the specified professions in mind. However, there are no restrictions that prevent enrollment in any course of interest.

These courses have been carefully planned and organized to ensure that all information provided is accurate and complete. However, SBMI reserves the right to make changes to the courses which may result in changes to the information in the defined content.



Frequently Asked Questions

Until January 2018, Registration will be a two-step process:

  1. First Step: Complete your course registration and pay the registration fee using the following link: https://go.uth.edu/sbmice. Note: After you complete the registration form, you will be directed to the payment portal. Please make sure you complete your registration by paying the application fee otherwise we will not be able to process your registration.
  2. Second Step: Create your Canvas Catalog account at the following link:
  3. You’re done! Please be patient while our team processes your registration and enrolls you into the training modules.
Please Note: It may take one to two business days to gain access to training materials after you complete the full two-step registration process. Our offices are only open during week days.
Yes, a Certificate of Completion is awarded upon successful completion of the required topics for each course. Canvas Catalog will generate a Certificate of Completion that you can download as a PDF and print. We will not be sending out hardcopy certificates.
SBMI is a HIMSS Approved Education Partner. Our five courses can be used for Certification Renewals for CAHIMS and CPHIMS. All five courses total up to the minimum of 25 CEs needed for renewal under Continuing Education.
You will have six months from the time your enrollment is processed to finish the course.
You may re-register and pay fees to extend your access.
No, SBMI Continuing Education courses are offered online as self-paced, non-credit courses without the supervision of an instructor. Therefore, Certificates of Completion received through the SBMI Continuing Education program may not be used for credit in graduate programs at SBMI or UTHealth.
Access our sample course to explore and familiarize yourself with course navigation and format. The online sample course is available at the following link: https://uth.instructure.com/courses/30228
The current Canvas mobile app does not have the capability to connect to Canvas Catalog. You can access the Canvas Catalog as a webpage and it will automatically display much like a mobile app.
The School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) Graduate Certificate program is an official university academic program consisting of 15 semester credit hours. The graduate-level credit hours earned in this certificate program are transferrable to accredited university degree programs, such as a Master or Doctorate degree. Admission to Graduate Degree programs are more rigorous as it requires submission of a bachelor or higher degree, a GPA requirement, official transcripts, a reference letter and other admission requirements to be accepted. For more information on SBMI’s Graduate Certificate program: https://sbmi.uth.edu/prospective-students/academics/certificate.htm.

However, the SBMI Continuing Education Certificate program is a professional development effort consisting of online training courses that DO NOT offer any college credits. These are available to the public and have no requirements for admission.
No, there are no prerequisite or eligibility restrictions on any of the courses.
No, SBMI will provide all instructional material to you as soon as your enrollment in the course is processed. You do not need to purchase any additional material to complete the course.
Our refund policy states:

School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) will NOT consent to processing any refunds unless it qualifies as an acceptable reason. Examples of acceptable reasons include an extended illness or family emergency. A refund request notification should be formally submitted to SBMICE@uth.tmc.edu and must be accompanied by verifiable documentation of an emergency. Examples of verifiable documentation include Emergency Room documentation or a link to an obituary for a family member.

If the criteria specified above is met, SBMI will refund only up to 50% of the enrollment price due to refund processing fees. SBMI will only review refund requests from currently enrolled individuals. Individuals asking for refunds whose enrollments have passed will be dismissed.

Reasons such as too much work, computer problems, do not have time, etc. are considered unacceptable reasons for a refund.
You may renew your registration any time by filling out the registration form and paying the fee again and we will extend your access. This means your coursework will be retained.
Please review our certificate or degree program offerings on our Prospective Students page first and then you may submit an inquiry form with your questions. Live Chat is also available on the webpage for any immediate queries.
Please check your state requirements prior to taking the course. Florida and Iowa Residents may be subject to strict Continuing Nursing Education requirements.


Contact Information

Have additional questions about continuing education courses? Please contact our Continuing Education Staff at SBMICE@uth.tmc.edu or 713-500-3591.