AHIMA, CHIME Launch New Health IT-Related Groups
August 14, 2014 in News
The American Health Information Management Association and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives recently launched new health IT-related groups.
AHIMA’s Global Health Workforce Council
On Monday, AHIMA convened the first meeting of its newly established Global Health Workforce Council, which aims to align and advance international health IT and health information management workforce training, FierceHealthIT reports (Bowman, FierceHealthIT, 8/13).
The international workgroup was funded using a $300,000 grant awarded to AHIMA in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Commerce to increase the U.S. health IT sector’s competitiveness abroad.
The group — which includes appointed members from the U.S. and 11 other countries — will be co-chaired by:
- Marci MacDonald, president-elect of the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations and a leader of Halton Healthcare Service’s clinical information department; and
- William Rudman, AHIMA’s vice president of education visioning and executive director of the association’s foundation.
GHWC plans to develop standard training curricula for educational programs and workforce training in the health IT, health informatics and health information management sectors, according to AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 8/11).
Rudman noted that the curricula will be developed “through an open and transparent process” (Walsh, Clinical Innovation Technology, 8/12).
The group said it intends to make the draft workforce curricula available for comment later this year (FierceHealthIT, 8/12).
CHIME’s Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security
The organization — called the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security — aims to represent:
- Chief information security officers;
- Chief security officers; and
- Other executives with similar roles, such as HIPAA officers.
According to CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell, the organization is already halfway to meeting its goal of having 100 members by the end of the year.
George McCulloch, former deputy CIO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will serve as the association’s administrator.
AEHIS will offer its members several resources, including:
- A membership directory;
- Job opportunities;
- Member surveys;
- One-day, in-person meetings; and
- Web seminars.
In addition, the organization is considering holding a national conference in 2015 and potentially hosting online forums.
Meanwhile, CHIME intends to create associations to represent chief application officers and chief technology officers next year, Health Data Management reports (Goedert, Health Data Management, 8/4).