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CHIME CIO perspectives, advice on health IT issues


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.

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HIMSS and CHIME forum interviews

At the CHIME CIO forum and HIMSS 2014, CHIME members had the big health IT topics fresh on their minds. This section covers their thoughts on the meaningful use program, both stages 2 and 3, and reveals why CHIME thought the program was on the verge of threatening patient safety. Two of the following podcasts were recorded in the wake of the and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) 2014 Health IT Purchasing Intentions Survey. Those conversations delve into EHR implementation and how a lack of interoperability is holding back care collaboration.


The Association of Executives in Health Information Security gains steam

The importance of health data security caused CHIME to form the Association for Executives in Health Information Security. Continue Reading


CHIME member shares account of interoperability trouble

A healthcare CIO explains how he had to step in when a lack of interoperability interrupted a care episode. Continue Reading


Hospital IT director talks EHR implementation

Just getting started in your meaningful use preparations? Find out how to work that to your advantage. Continue Reading


Health information exchange takes a village

A CIO shares her HIE experience, from foundation to increased collaboration. Continue Reading


CHIME calls for meaningful use slowdown

Russ Branzell, CHIME president and CEO, tells why his organization and nearly 50 others felt meaningful use was moving too fast. Continue Reading


How will meaningful use stage 3 look?

A healthcare CIO and CHIME board chair looks to the future of meaningful use and the challenges stage 3 could bring. Continue Reading

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National 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.


CHIME's 2014 National Health IT Week agenda

The cloudy future of the meaningful use program is one of the topics CHIME expects to be up for discussion at National Health IT Week. Continue Reading


Farzad Mostashari, former national coordinator for health IT, speaks at CHIME13 Fall CIO Forum

Farzad Mostashari reflects on his tenure as former national coordinator for health IT and discusses the challenges facing the healthcare industry. Continue Reading


CHIME calls for extension to stage 2 deadline

During National Health IT Week, CHIME and a group of U.S. senators shared their fears about the meaningful use timeline. Continue Reading


Medication reconciliation one reason to push stage 2 back

Syncing different software systems to work together within hospitals is worth a delay to stage 2, one healthcare CIO explains. Continue Reading


National patient identifier would ease data exchange

Intermountain Healthcare's CIO throws Congress and healthcare vendors into the mix of parties complicating meaningful use compliance. Continue Reading


Replacing an EHR system adds a twist to stage 2

Think you have it tough installing a new EHR system? Try replacing one with another between meaningful use stages. Continue Reading

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CHIME 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.


CHIME members concerned about busy year in health IT

EHR upgrades and ICD-10 planning were two major projects healthcare executives had on their plates entering 2014. Continue Reading


Vendor readiness eases hospitals' burdens

Two CIOs explain how their vendors are helping them upgrade crucial healthcare technology systems. Continue Reading


Meaningful use stage 2, ICD-10 preparation tips

Four healthcare professionals offer up advice for navigating two of most significant rules affecting health IT. Continue Reading


Texas CIO talks population health management

A hospital CIO says his organization's main goals are increasing quality and lowering costs. Find out if they're hitting the mark. Continue Reading


Health IT adoption showing no signs of slowing

Find out how hospitals are managing to implement new technology while their budgets and federal reimbursements are shrinking. Continue Reading


Ransomware comes to healthcare

Healthcare CIOs share their reactions to a recent cyberattack, and what they're doing to protect themselves. Continue Reading

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