Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)

Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM)


Credential: Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM)
Credentialing Agency: Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) - Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM) is an intermediate level certification for individuals with healthcare technology management expertise. A CHTM is responsible for planning and directing activities of other healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals, monitoring work, and taking corrective actions, when necessary. The CHTM covers management of healthcare technology operations and management of personnel. CHTMs are expected to have the skills and understanding needed to perform strategic, business, and change management as well as employee relations. Candidates must meet the educational and experiential eligibility criteria through one of five pathways and must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 7 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)

901 N . Glebe Road
Suite 300
Arlington, VA  22203

Phone: (703) 525-4890

Fax: (703) 276-0793
Email: aci@aami.org

Pathway 1:

Candidate must have current certification as a clinical engineer (CCE), biomedical equipment technician (CBET), radiology equipment specialist (CRES), or a laboratory equipment specialist (CLES) with at least three (3) years of work experience as a supervisor or manager in the last five (5) years. If the candidate does not have the title of supervisor or manager, he/she must confirm experience in performing management duties either through self or third-party attestation.

Pathway 2:

Candidate must have successfully completed the Department of Defense’s biomedical equipment maintenance technician (DOD BMET) training program and have at least three years of work experience, military or civilian, as an HTM supervisor or manager in the last five years. If the candidate does not have the title of supervisor or manager, he/she must confirm experience  performing management duties either through self or third party attestation.

Pathway 3:

Candidate must have an Associate’s degree in biomedical technology, related healthcare discipline, information technology or business with at least three years of work experience as an HTM supervisor or manager in the last five years. If the candidate does not have the title of HTM supervisor or manager, he/she must confirm experience performing management duties either through self or third party attestation.

Pathway 4:

Candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in biomedical technology, engineering, related healthcare discipline, information technology or business with at least two years as a manager within the last five years. If the candidate does not have the title of supervisor or manager, he/she must confirm experience performing management duties either through self or third party attestation.

Pathway 5:

Candidate must have work experience with or without a degree not related to biomedical technology, related healthcare discipline, information technology, or business management. Candidate must have seven years of work experience in the HTM field with three years of management experience in the last five years. If the candidate does not have the title of supervisor or manager, he/she must confirm experience performing management duties either through self or third-party attestation.

The Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM) credential has the following other requirements:

Written Exam

  • Financial Management (19%)
    • Participate in financial planning, budgeting, or procurement activities of all or part of an organization (e.g., capital planning, technology planning, reporting, accounting, billing, collections, payroll, and budgeting duties).
    • Develop departmental control policies, guidelines, and/or procedures for activities such as financial administration.
    • Assure compliance with organizational policies and procedures and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
    • Prepare program financial statements, business activity reports, financial forecasts, or annual budgets.
    • Analyze the financial details of past, present, and expected operations to identify development opportunities and areas where improvement is needed.
    • Authorize requests for disbursements in accordance with company policies and procedures.
    • Advise management in determining life expectancy (i.e., capital asset planning) of healthcare technology devices.
    • Advise management on actions regarding the fair market value of purchase, lease, or asset recovery value of disposed healthcare technology.
    • Review sourcing options for parts, service, training and test equipment/tools.
  • Risk Management (12%)
    • Evaluate key risks associated with the use of healthcare technology ( e.g., patient safety, operations, finance, emergency preparedness).
    • Assure integrity of data collection, storage, and security associated with healthcare technology (e.g., HIPAA, PACS, EKG management, EMR).
    • Recommend processes, procedures, or policies to control or reduce risk.
    • Apply risk-assessment models or methodologies, (e.g., FMEA, root cause analysis).
    • Participate in incident investigations.
    • Produce reports that outline findings, explain risk positions, or recommend changes (e.g., SMDA, sentinel event alerts).
    • Manage recalls, hazards, and safety advisories in use in healthcare technology.
  • Operations Management (46%)
    • Oversee activities directly related to providing services (e.g., scheduled and unscheduled work, project management, customer satisfaction).
    • Coordinate activities of service providers and vendors concerned with planning, acquisition, contracting, installation, or service of healthcare technology.
    • Review financial statements, activity reports, and other performance data to measure productivity and goal achievement and to determine areas needing cost reduction and program improvement.
    • Develop departmental and/or team policies and procedures, goals, and objectives.
    • Manage departmental policies and procedures, goals and objectives (e.g. prepare work schedule, assign specific duties).
    • Determine departmental and/or staffing requirements.
    • Comply with regulatory and accreditation requirements (e.g. TJC,ANSI, AAMI, NFPA, OSHA, CAP, AABB, CMS, FDA, FCC, HIPAA, DNV, AOA, ACR, IAC, IEC, NRC, DOH, NEC, CLIA, COLA, MQSA).
    • Report departmental operations performance to other departments or committees in accordance  with the MEMP (e.g., environment of care, patient safety, risk management, value-added, benchmarking).
    • Oversee departmental and/or team meetings and communications.
    • Ensure resources are available to complete departmental and/or team activities (e.g., tools, test equipment, supplies, technical information, and training).
    • Review project plans to coordinate project activity.
    • Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to access healthcare technology needs and requirements.
    • Meet with department heads, managers, supervisors, vendors, and others to solicit cooperation and resolve problems.
    • Evaluate healthcare technology proposals to assess project feasibility and requirements.
    • Collaborate with other stakeholders (e.g., IT, nursing, vendors) to manage device integration.
    • Participate in construction planning meetings.
    • Collaborate with other departments on utility maintenance and interruption (e.g., network, telecom, electrical, plumbing, mechanical systems, change management, downtime procedures).
    • Oversee the management of healthcare technology assets, inventory accuracy, backups, security, CMMS, non-hospital owed equipment.
    • Ensure competency of HTM department staff and healthcare technology service vendors.
  • Education and Training (11%)
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of training programs.
    • Analyze training needs based on cost, operations, requirements, competency, customer requirements, resources, etc.
    • Oversee ongoing technical training and personal development classes for staff members.
    • Conduct orientation sessions and on-the-job training for staff.
    • Assure availability of training manuals (e.g., service manuals, operations manuals, training media, and other educational materials).
    • Collaborate with clinical departments on healthcare technology training (e.g., MRI and radiation safety, equipment use, use-error trending).
    • Collaborate with non-clinical departments on healthcare technology training (e.g., infection prevention, environmental services, and supply management).
  • Human Resources (12%)
    • Recommend compensation, promotion, and career path of departmental and/or team staff.
    • Perform personnel management duties (e.g., employee relations, staffing, conflict management, disciplinary procedures, and performance development plan).
    • Ensure department and/or team practices are in compliance with state and federal labor laws (e.g., ADA, EEOC, FMLA, and NLRA).
    • Participate in the requirement, selection, retention, and termination of employees.
    • Conduct performance evaluations of departmental and/or team staff.
    • Collaborate with labor relations organizations.
    • Represent organization at personnel-related hearings and investigations.

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CHTM is renewable every 3 years. Certification holders must accumulate and provide proof of a completion for a minimum of 30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and submit a continuing practice journal, and pay a recertification fee(s).

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