The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an organization created to serve the professional development needs of CIOs working in the healthcare industry and to promote effective information management within that industry. CHIME meets these objectives through networking and education opportunities as well as partnerships with health information technology vendors and service firms. The organization was formed in 1992.
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More than 1,400 health care CIOs are currently members of CHIME. According to the organization, its members come from hospitals, clinics, physician groups, government agencies and health information exchanges, and their responsibilities include telecommunications, medical records and information services. CHIME members also often serve as chairpersons for IT steering committees.
CHIME’s current advocacy initiatives include helping CIOs implement the hardware, software and security measures necessary for digitizing patient records, which is one requirement for achieving the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR). Organizations that demonstrate meaningful use according to specified criteria are eligible for federal incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).