From the International Medical Informatics Association

Canadian Health Informatics Professional Role Profiles

COACH, Canada’s Health Informatics Association (, has announced the development of Health Informatics Professional (HIP) Role Profiles as a contribution to dealing with the serious risk of health informatics labour and skills shortages that could jeopardize successful electronic health information system (EHIS) technologies implementation.

The profiles – high-level outlines of the main responsibilities, some key competencies, and qualifications – for the 65 job titles on the COACH Career Matrix are based on over 500 real health informatics jobs.

Further information, including links to download copies of the full set of profiles (COACH members can download a complimentary copy and non-members can purchase one), are available on the COACH website  (>>>).

Profiles was field tested in a survey for the landmark Health Informatics and Health Information Management Human Resources Report (>>>), released in November 2009. COACH welcomes feedback to enhance Profiles in the future, and announces that next steps will include developing an interactive tool for identifying career paths, based on Profiles. The current profiles in the document are organised in the seven occupational categories on the COACH Matrix. COACH suggests that Profiles can be applied in a variety of ways, including:

  • developing job descriptions for a new organization or new areas within an organization;
  • updating and modernizing job descriptions, to reflect the evolving nature of HI;
  • educating stakeholders about what HI professionals do; and
  • assisting individuals to understand opportunities for their own career planning.

(Taken from COACH news release of 21 December, 2009).

December 22, 2009 - Posted by | Canada, profession | , , ,

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