Engaging in ongoing, continuing professional development (CPD) is a strategic imperative for the health informatics professional. In our global economy, healthcare is fast-paced, dynamic, and ever-changing. While this rapid change is both exciting and exhausting, digital health transformation is positively impacting lives, today and every day, in ways not previously imagined. Faced with a COVID-19 pandemic that has forever changed the landscape of health and care delivery, global health and care stakeholders must ensure that our ecosystem continues to rapidly evolve through innovation, government and ministry incentives, and technological advancements to reach citizens everywhere. For these reasons, health informaticists must embrace lifelong learning to ensure they have the professional competencies to advance initiatives that positively impact patient care.

The Handbook of Continuing Professional Development for the Health Informatics Professional, Second Edition has adapted to the evolving needs of health and care professionals everywhere. The Handbook provides the rationale and the resources to do so and serves as a reference to enhance one’s career. No other comprehensive resource exists to assist health informaticists in developing and maintaining their professional competencies. Written as a contributed compilation of topics by leading practitioners, the book discusses the most critical competencies needed to ensure understanding of the vast health and care ecosystem while also highlighting industry influences that shape the very evolution of health information and technology.


The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a global advisor, thought leader, and member association committed to transforming the health ecosystem. As a mission-driven non-profit, HIMSS offers a unique depth and breadth of expertise in health innovation, public policy, workforce development, research, and analytics to advise leaders, stakeholders, and influencers from across the ecosystem on best practices. With a community-centric approach, our innovation engine delivers key insights, education, and engaging events to healthcare providers, payers, governments, startups, life sciences, and other health services organizations, ensuring they have the right information at the point of decision. HIMSS has served the global health community for more than 60 years with focused operations across North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.

part Section I|47 pages

Positioning the Health IT Professional for Lifelong CPD

chapter 1|11 pages

Identifying Your Professional Potential

ByBonnie Siegel

chapter 2|7 pages

Creating a Personal Brand

ByValayia Jones-Smith

chapter 3|7 pages

Diversifying Your Skillset

ByVic Eilenfield

chapter 4|5 pages

Developing a Career Roadmap

ByDetlev H. (Herb) Smaltz

chapter 5|11 pages

Work-Life Balance: Does It Exist? Can You Achieve It?

ByJean Ann Larson

part Section II|45 pages

Establishing and Nurturing Your Career

chapter 6|13 pages

The Role of the Professional Association

ByAnthony Blash, JoAnn Klinedinst

chapter 7|8 pages

The Importance of Volunteering

ByPamela V. Matthews

chapter 8|6 pages

Earning a Certificate to Demonstrate Competency

ByJohn Eckmann

chapter 9|7 pages

Differentiating Yourself with a Professional Certification

ByKay S. Lytle

chapter 10|7 pages

Seeking an Advanced Professional Designation

BySelena Davis

part Section III|38 pages

Learning From Others

chapter 11|5 pages

The Mentoring Process

ByJoseph J. Wagner

chapter 12|4 pages

Managing by Walking Around

ByJason Bickford

chapter 13|9 pages

Experiencing a Job Exchange

ByDeborah Newman

chapter 14|9 pages

The 360-Degree Assessment

ByDavid Lafferty

chapter 15|6 pages

Professional Coaching

ByJoyce Zerkich

part Section IV|61 pages

The Aspiring Leader

chapter 16|10 pages

Developing as a Leader

ByChristopher B. Harris

chapter 17|12 pages

Nurturing Inter-Personal Skills Development

ByJohn R. Zaleski

chapter 18|11 pages

Understanding the Multi-Generational Workplace

ByLaura Marks

chapter 19|3 pages

Minding Your Manners in the Workplace and Beyond

ByMichelle Cotton

chapter 20|8 pages

Encouraging Diversity in the Workplace

ByJohn A. Mandujano

chapter 21|5 pages

The Aspiring Female Health IT Executive

ByKristin Myers

chapter 22|7 pages

Joining the C-Suite

ByJohn P. Hoyt

part Section V|56 pages

The Importance of Lifelong Learning

chapter 23|12 pages

Earning an Advanced Degree

ByTiffany Champagne-Langabeer

chapter 24|10 pages

The Many Facets of Continuing Education

ByChristine Hudak

chapter 25|13 pages

Engaging Socially to Expand Professional Competency

ByKevin P. Seeley

chapter 26|6 pages

Viewing the Workplace for On-the-Job Training

ByDennis Winsten

chapter 27|12 pages

Talent Management for the Health IT Professional

ByRichard E. Biehl

part Section VI|161 pages

Industry Influences Critical to Your Career

chapter 29|9 pages

Accelerating Health and Innovation: Improving Health for All

ByKerry Amato, Robert Havasy

chapter 30|7 pages

The Healthcare Workforce of the Future: Preparing Today for the Opportunities Ahead

ByNanne M. Finis, Kathryn Owen

chapter 31|14 pages

Himss Tiger™: A Global Interprofessional Community of Development and Growth

ByToria Shaw Morawski, Man Qing Liang, Avni Doshi

chapter 32|10 pages

Disruptive Technology: It's About People, Culture, and Technology

ByFran Ayalasomayajula, Amir Ismail

chapter 36|11 pages

Global Workforce Trends of Today: A Health Informatics Perspective

ByAnne L. Drabczyk

chapter 39|12 pages

Health Interoperability and Standards: An Overview

ByMari Greenberger

chapter 40|8 pages

Accelerating into the Future with Project Management

ByAl Kalman, Shari Rathet

chapter 41|5 pages

HIMSS Maturity Models: An Overview

ByReid Oakes