CHIME Unveils Plans To Represent More Health IT Leaders

October 27, 2014 in News

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has launched two new organizations to support chief technology officers and chief application officers, Health Data Management reports.


In August, CHIME — which works to support chief information officers — created an organization to support chief security officers, chief information security officers and other health security professionals. The group is called the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (Goedert, Health Data Management, 10/24).

Details of the New Organizations

The Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Technology will aim to support CTOs, which are responsible for technology infrastructure.

The Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications will aim to support CAOs, which are responsible for software and applications.

Each organization will be the first professional organization for health care CTOs and CAOs (Rubenfire, Modern Healthcare, 10/23).

The new organizations will both:

  • Offer health care IT educational resources (Murphy, EHR Intelligence, 10/23);
  • Enable group members to share best practices; and
  • Fall under the CHIME umbrella, which will allow members to use the organization’s resources and networking opportunities.

In a statement, CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell said that the new groups aim to recognize leaders who work with hospital CIOs. He noted that access to quality resources for CAOs and CTOs has been lacking (Modern Healthcare, 10/23).

CHIME Board Chair Randy McCleese said, “CIOs are increasingly relying on leaders like CTOs, CAOs and CSOs in order to deliver and manage a complex technology environment, so collaboration among these highly-accomplished individuals is essential to furthering industry solutions and opportunities” (EHR Intelligence, 10/23).

According to CHIME, interested executives who apply by Dec. 31 will be recognized as founding members and receive a no-cost, one-year membership (Health Data Management, 10/24).

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