CHIME CIO perspectives, advice on health IT issues

Last updated:September 2014

Editor's note

The College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an organization composed of healthcare CIOs and executives. It was established in 1992 and has grown to include more than 1,400 members. They regularly share their expertise with SearchHealthIT reporters.

From meaningful use program deadlines to health information exchange and interoperability struggles, CHIME members have had their recommendations heard at the highest level of the American healthcare industry and on Capitol Hill. This guide shares some of their past commentary on electronic health records and other health IT technologies, and will grow to include articles contributed by CHIME members.

1National Health IT Week and past CHIME content

Late last year, at the CHIME13 Fall CIO Forum and during National Health IT Week, a collection of healthcare CIOs and legislators were trying to throw the brakes on the meaningful use program. Their reasons in asking for an extension to stage 2 included a lack of system interoperability, insufficient vendor preparation and support, and a widening technological gap between large and small practices. They argued that all of these issues could hurt the very people the healthcare system was designed to protect: the patients.

2CHIME members on 2014 updates, tech preparations

Late last year, providers were busy at work in anticipation of complying with meaningful use stage 2 and upgrading their coding systems to the ICD-10 standard. Since then, amid concerns voiced by providers and organizations of healthcare professionals, the deadline for attesting to stage 2 was extended through 2016 and the ICD-10 conversion date was delayed one year and set for Oct.1, 2015. This section includes tips and advice from healthcare CIOs on how they are readying their systems and employees to meet these standards.