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New CHIME chair talks KLAS, AMDIS partnerships

In this podcast, Charles Christian, new chairman of CHIME, discusses collaborative goals with market researcher KLAS and medical informatics group AMDIS.

This is the second half of a two-part interview with Charles Christian, chair of the board of trustees of the College of Health Information Management Executives. Here, he goes into detail about two of his organization's new partnerships. In part one, Christian explains its opposition to the length of the meaningful use reporting period.

Among its priorities for 2015, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) plans to solidify a new partnership with KLAS Enterprises LLC, a market research firm.

The two organizations intend to co-develop best practices and benchmarking, and CHIME members will get discounts and access to KLAS research, said CHIME's new board chairman for the next two years, Charles Christian. Christian, who is vice president and CIO of St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Ga., spoke to SearchHealthIT for this podcast.

CHIME also is forging a new partnership with the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS).

Christian called the relationship with AMDIS, the membership of which includes physicians and informatics specialists, "symbiotic," and said CHIME will support AMDIS' education and public policy efforts.

Also in the podcast, Christian maintains most CIOs are trying to attest to meaningful use even though CHIME and other health IT groups are unhappy with what they see as a burdensome, 365-day reporting period for 2015 that they want shortened to 90 days.

"We're not waiting. We're moving forward," Christian said.

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