Thank you to all who attended the 2015 CIO Boot Camp; your presence helped to make this event a great success! We hope you found the event educations and worthwhile. Stay tuned for information for next year’s camp!

CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015 4:00 pm – Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:00  pm (CT)

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    The Healthcare CIO Boot Camp is an intensive three and one-half day education program offered by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) taught by a faculty of healthcare CIO thought leaders. Combining presentations, small group discussions, case studies, and interactive problem solving, participants learn the real-world skills necessary to become a successful healthcare CIO.

    Only CHIME members and direct reports who are invited by their CHIME member CIO are eligible to attend.

    Healthcare CIO Boot Camp attendees are eligible to receive up to 25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) toward the Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) Program. Attendees receive up to 18.75 CEUs for participating in the 3 ½ day workshop and up to 6.25 CEUs for program preparation (required reading).

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  • Saturday, March 14, 2015 (at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers)
    04:00 – 05:00
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    Introductions and Orientation
    Case Study Exercise #1
    Welcome Reception
    Sunday, March 15, 2015 (Gleacher Center)
    06:30 – 07:20
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    Breakfast with the Boot Camp Faculty
    Announcements, Program Recap & Preview
    Success Factor 1: Set Vision and Strategy
    Success Factor 1: Set Vision and Strategy – continued
    Success Factor 2: Make Change Happen
    Success Factor 2: Make Change Happen – continued
    Networking Lunch
    Case Study Exercise #2
    Success Factor 3: Demonstrate IT’s Business Value
    Success Factor 3: Demonstrate IT’s Business Value – continued
    Faculty Q&A Panel Session
    Networking Reception
    Monday, March 16, 2015
    06:30 – 07:20
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    Breakfast with the Boot Camp Faculty
    Announcements, Program Recap & Preview
    Success Factor 4: Instill Customer Service as a Core Value
    Success Factor 4: Instill Customer Service as a Core Value – continued
    Success Factor 5: Build a High Performance IS Organization
    Success Factor 5: Build a High Performance IS Organization – continued
    Networking Lunch
    Case Study Exercise #3
    Success Factor 6: Build Networks and Community
    Success Factor 6: Build Networks and Community – continued
    Faculty Q&A Panel Session
    Networking Reception and Dinner
    Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    06:30 – 07:20
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    01:00 – 03:30
    Breakfast and with the Boot Camp Faculty
    Announcements, Program Recap & Preview
    Success Factor 7: Contemporary Best Practices Applied to HIT Industry
    Faculty Q&A Panel Session
    Achieving Leadership through Life/Work Balance
    Final Exam*, Closing Remarks, and Adjournment *Not equivalent to the CHCIO examination.
    Networking Lunch
    CHCIO Exam* – Separate pre-registration is required(*Not a part of the Boot Camp registration)

  • CHIME Members and Affiliates may now take the CHCIO Examination at select in-person CHIME events or online at a Kryterion Testing Center. Click here for more information about registering for the CHCIO Exam.

    The CHCIO Examination will consist of up to 125 multiple choice questions, including scenario-based and independent questions. The Examination will be administered in a computer-based format, without the aid of study guides or other resources. The exam must be completed within 2.5 hours.

    CHIME conducted a job analysis of the healthcare CIO profession that was completed in March 2013. This was done to keep up with changing demands of the field and reflect actual scenarios that CIOs face every day.

    A new form of the exam will be introduced in March 2014.

    CHIME has updated the CHCIO Exam based around a new blueprint. Each question (item) on the exam is linked to content specifications, which are based on the job analysis of healthcare CIOs completed in March 2013. By linking each item to the content specifications, the exam establishes content-related validity to the tasks and knowledge required of practicing CIOs.

    The updated blueprint now reflects 7 domains.

    CHCIO Study Materials – New 2014:

    Purchase CHCIO Sample Exam Only v3

    Purchase CHCIO Complete Materials – Combined Readings and Sample Exam v3

    Examples of Sample Questions/Rationales
    Partial list of References

    Sample Questions for The CHCIO Examination

  • The Healthcare CIO Boot Camp is led by a faculty of healthcare CIOs who have demonstrated continued success, leadership, and organizational excellence in their careers.

    The Healthcare CIO Boot Camp Faculty Profiles

    Cara Babachicos, CHCIO (Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015)
    Cara Babachicos is Corporate Director of Information Systems and CIO for the Community Hospitals and Non-Acute entities of Partners Healthcare. In her role Cara oversees information systems operations and strategy for the community hospitals and non-acute entities which is comprised of 10 sites with yearly operating revenues in excess of $50M and approximately 1,500 inpatient beds. Managing (4) site CIOs, she has been able to determine what are the critical success factors for a healthcare CIO.In her prior role Cara was Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Partners Continuing Care, the non-acute care services division of Partners HealthCare System.Cara has over twenty years experience working in healthcare information systems with a career that spans across acute care, non-acute, for profit-vendors and consulting.She received an undergraduate degree in Management from Boston College and a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of New Hampshire.

    Cara is on faculty at Harvard School of Public Health where she teaches a course in executive project management. She has also been on the faculty at Emmanuel College for over 10 years where she teaches various classes in Information Systems, Management and Project Management.

    Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO (Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015)
    President and CEO, CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives). Prior to joining CHIME, Russ Branzell was the Vice President of IS/CIO, Poudre Valley Health System (PVHS) and the President/CEO of Innovation Enterprises (PVHS’ for profit IS entity).PVHS is an integrated health system with a reputation for excellence and innovative care. They most recently are the recipients of the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the highest Presidential honor given to United States businesses and organizations that demonstrate performance excellence, the Colorado Performance Excellence Peak Award (first and only organization in the state), Solucient’s 100 Top Hospitals, Health Grades Distinguished Hospital Award, Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence designation, Avatar International 5 Star National Award, and US News and World Report-America’s 50 Best Hospitals. In addition to these honors and awards, the Information Services Division was recognized with Information Week Magazine’s Top 500 Award for innovative technology usage and also received the Business Technology Optimization Excellence Award for IT Governance Best Practices (2004).Prior to joining PVHS, he was the Regional Deputy CIO and Executive Director of Information Services for Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis, MO. Before his time in St. Louis, Mr. Branzell served on active duty in the United States Air Force and continues to serve in the Air Force Reserves. While on active duty, Mr. Branzell served in numerous healthcare administration positions including Chief Information Officer for the Air Mobility Command Surgeon General’s Office. In 1996, he was selected for the Air Force Medical Service Fellowship program and completed a CIO Internship at the Unity Health System in St. Louis, MO.Mr. Branzell is a past member of the CHIME Board of Directors (2004-2008), past Chairperson of the CHIME Education Committee (2004-2008), and past Program Director for CHIME’s Healthcare CIO Boot Camp (2006 – 2009). He was instrumental in the development and ongoing success of CHIME’s LEAD Forum and CHIME Foundation Boot Camp education programs, serving both as Program Director and as a member of faculty for both since their inception. In addition, he has served as Chairperson of CHIME’s Spring and Fall CIO Forum Planning Committees. Mr. Branzell currently serves on the CHIME Education Foundation Board.

    Mr. Branzell is a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO), a fellow of CHIME and HIMSS, and board certified through the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He was awarded the 2005 ACHE Regent’s Award as the Young Healthcare Administrator of the Year for the State of Colorado. PVHS has received numerous industry awards in recognition of it’s commitment to the advancement of healthcare informatics.

    Russ serves on numerous editorial, volunteer, community and management boards. Additionally, he has been a speaker at regional, national, user groups and vendor conferences.

    A native of San Antonio, Texas, Russ earned an undergraduate degree in business administration specializing in human resource management and labor relations from the University of Texas. In 1995, he earned a Master’s degree in Administrative Science from Embry-Riddle University with an emphasis in management.

    Geoff Brown, FCHIME (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015)
    Geoff Brown is VP & CIO at Piedmont Healthcare. He has over 33 consecutive years of progressive experience in Information Technology (IT), management, consulting and strategic planning. Brown is in the unique position of having work experience as CIO in public, for profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations. He is well known for delivering real results through improved utilization of technology and people.

    Piedmont is a not-for-profit, fully integrated healthcare delivery system located in Atlanta with 5 hospitals, 1063 inpatient beds, 2200 physicians and 11,000 employees. A tradition that began in 1905 with the founding of Piedmont Sanatorium by two physicians. Piedmont Heart has achieved top 5% recognition in the nation for Cardiology Services. In addition, Piedmont Heart is a five-star recipient for treatment of heart attack, heart failure, coronary bypass surgery and coronary interventional procedures according to HealthGrades.

    Prior to Piedmont, Brown served in Northern Virginia as SVP & CIO at Inova Health System (IHS). IHS, is the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the Washington DC metropolitan area with history dating back to 1872. In addition, IHS is a fully integrated delivery system with 1753 inpatient beds, 3367 physicians and 16,000 employees.

    Other positions held by Brown include VP & CIO with Grady Health System and Associate Hospital Administrator & CIO at Tenet Health System’s Atlanta Medical Center (formerly known as Georgia Baptist) and South Fulton Medical Center.

    Brown earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and was awarded an American Management Association Certification from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Charles E. Christian, FCHIME, FHIMSS, LCHIME, CHCIO (Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2014)
    Mr. Christian is the Vice President / Chief Information Officer of St. Francis Hospital, a free-standing, acute care, community hospital in southwest Georgia. Mr. Christian is responsible for all information technology activities throughout the enterprise and is serving in his 1st year of that role.Prior to joining St. Francis, Mr. Christian severed as the Chief Information Officer for Good Samaritan Hospital, in Vincennes, Indiana. A position he held for almost 23 years. Before joining Good Samaritan Hospital, Mr. Christian worked in healthcare IT for Compucare and Baxter Travenol, in both management and implementation roles. Mr. Christian started his career in healthcare as a Radiologic Technologist, serving in various Radiology roles for 14 years. Mr. Christian studied natural sciences at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lacrosse University.Mr. Christian has delivered presentations on diverse healthcare technology topics and is frequently quoted and published in national trade publications. More recently he and co-authors, Judy Kirby and Steve Bennett, recently published “Make I.T. Known-Marketing Strategies and Cases Studies in the Healthcare Environment.”During Mr. Christian’s tenure, Good Samaritan Hospital received the McKesson VIP Award in 2004, identified as a Solucient Top 100 Hospital – Quality Improvement Leader in 2005, listed as Most Wired (small and rural) in 2004 & 2005, a 2006 recipient of the VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence and a 2008 recipient of the VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Excellence. Good Samaritan has most recently been recognized as a Magnet hospital by the ANA.

    Mr. Christian is a Fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and is a Past Chair of the Board of Directors, and past Chair of the BOD Executive Committee for this organization. Mr. Christian was previously a member of the HIMSS Analytics Board of Directors. Mr. Christian served as the board liaison for the Advocacy & Public Policy Steering Committee and is a Fellow and charter member of College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) and served on the CHIME BOD from 2003 through 2004 during which time he chaired the Membership Committee of the CHIME BOD. Mr. Christian is credentialed by CHIME as a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO). Mr. Christian is a charter member of the re-established Indiana Chapter of HIMSS and has served as a BOD member from 2000 – 2009. Mr. Christian served as a member of the Executive Advisory Board for Advance for Health Information Executives magazine. Mr. Christian served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Health Informatics Corporation by appointment of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Governor Daniels also appointed Mr. Christian the Indiana Healthcare Information Technology Board of Directors.

    Mr. Christian is currently serving on the KLAS Advisory Group and the CDW-Healthcare CIO Advisory Council as well as serving on the. Mr. Christian was recently asked to join the AHA Strategic Development Advisory Committee as a charter member. Mr. Christian is a member of the Symantec Healthcare Advisory Group.

    Mr. Christian, along with co-authors Judy Kirby and Steve Bennett, received the 2010 CHIME Collaboration Award for their work “Make I.T. Known – Marketing Strategies and Case Studies in the Healthcare Environment.”

    Mr. Christian is the recipient of the 2010 John E. Gall, CIO of the Year Award, presented by CHIME and HIMSS.

    Rodney C. Dykehouse, FCHIME, CHCIO (Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015)

    Rodney C. Dykehouse joined Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in July, 2012. Annually, Penn State Hershey Medical Center admits nearly 30,000 patients and provides care for approximately 1,000,000 outpatient and 70,000 emergency-service visits in central Pennsylvania. Penn State Hershey Medical Center has over 9,000 employees and 400 volunteers, and the College of Medicine enrolls 800 students annually.
    As CIO, Rod Dykehouse is responsible for the effective deployment, adoption, use, and support of information technologies across the entire clinical, academic and research enterprise.

    Since 2012, the following has been accomplished:

    • the ambulatory EMR is deployed across all clinic locations for approx. 700 Medical Group providers.
    • ground broken for a new $54M 3MW Tier 2+ Data Center (open 4/16)
    • developed i2b2 research database to leverage EMR and other data
    • EIM (Enterprise Information Mgmt) strategy completed and execution initated
    • Opened new Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital
    • Announced acquisition of St. Joe’s Reading Hospital and merger with Pinnacle Health System

    Rod has extensive experience as a CIO in both academic medical centers and large health care systems. He previously served as CIO for both UCLA Medical Sciences, and Froedtert Health System, an academic partner of the Medical College of Wisconsin. At UCLA, Rod oversaw IT for the organizations’ medical centers, faculty practice groups and schools of medicine, including IT support for research initiatives. His CIO experience with large health systems was with St. John Health System in Detroit, Michigan, and ProHealth Care in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

    Rod holds a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College. He has more than 25 years of experience in IT management.

    Adrienne Edens, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO (Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014)
    Adrienne Edens, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO is Vice President and CIO for the East Bay Region of the Sutter Health system in Northern California. The Information Systems organization at Sutter is significantly centralized with common systems in use across the five regions and continuing consolidation through Sutter Health Shared Services. Business Office and HIM functions are in the process of migrating from the regions to Shared Services, with HR and Finance scheduled for 2014. A single EHR is being rolled out across the regions; the East Bay completed implementation in April of 2012. The region is now focused on optimization and implementing lean processes to support improved care coordination and to achieve the vision of One Sutter across the enterprise.Ms. Edens has over 25 years of healthcare information systems experience. As the CIO for St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho, she engaged the organization in developing a physician led strategy for the electronic medical record to consolidate EHRs from 14 to one. This approach provided the means to integrate a widely distributed system of hospitals, physician offices, clinics and rural critical access hospitals. While at St. Luke’s she served as a member of the board of the state wide HIE, the Idaho Health Data Exchange. As the Information Officer for National Health Plan systems for Kaiser Permanente she led the program to achieve compliance with Medicare Part D for the Kaiser regions and developed the first deductible plan capabilities for the California regions. As Regional CIO for the Sacramento Region and Information Officer, Northern California for Catholic Healthcare West, Ms. Edens managed the process of integrating systems for hospitals joining the region and developing and implementing IT strategic plans and shared systems for multiple regions within CHW.Prior to these positions she served as Practice Director, Pacific Northwest, for First Consulting Group where she led a number of strategic IT planning engagements, vendor selections, contract negotiations and application implementation projects for healthcare financial and clinical systems.Her background also includes experience as a consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co., and as Product Manager for clinical systems development and Director of Implementation for system projects to support 90 hospitals and associated divisional and corporate users at American Medical International.

    Adrienne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of California at Davis, and a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She is a charter member and past Board member of CHIME and is a member of the Board of HIMSS Analytics.

    George T. (Buddy) Hickman, LCHIME, LFHIMSS, CPHIMS, CHCIO (Spring 2014, Fall 2014)
    George Hickman is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Albany Medical Center in New York’s Capital Region. George is responsible for overseeing all information technology activities throughout the hospital’s, physician faculty practice and medical college. Before joining Albany Medical, he was a partner with Ernst & Young LLP.This is George’s third academic CIO post. He also has worked with Price Waterhouse Coopers and started his career as a hospital project engineer. He has worked with health provider organizations across the U.S. as well as for the Ministry of Health in Singapore and the U.K Health Authority and publishes frequently on healthcare IT and operational change topics.George is a former board chair, the Foundation board chair, a charter member, and a Life member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).He was awarded the 2007 CHIME/HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. Award as CIO of the Year.

    He is past board chair, past executive compensation committee chair, and a Life Fellow member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He is also a HIMSS Analytics past board member.

    George is an advisory board member emeritus for KLAS and sits on the editorial advisory board for as well as several association, local, state and vendor industry committees.

    He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on a variety of health IT-related topics and has published extensively on health IT issues, including co-authoring “The Healthcare IT Planning Fieldbook.”

    He holds a BS and an MS in engineering from the University of Tennessee.

    Liz Johnson, RN-BC, MS, FHIMSS (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015)
    Elizabeth O. Johnson is the nationally recognized, award-winning Chief Applied Clinical Informatics Officer for Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a national, diversified healthcare services company with more than 105,000 employees united around a common mission: to help people live happier, healthier lives. The company operates 80 hospitals and more than 190 outpatient centers. Ms. Johnson provides the strategic vision and tactical planning for all clinical systems used across Tenet’s acute care hospitals nationwide.

    Since the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and its key Health Information Technology (HITECH) Act provision in 2009, Ms. Johnson has led Tenet’s transformational IMPACT (Improving Patient Care through Technology) Program. This signature program addresses the national call for healthcare reform through the meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHRs) at Tenet’s hospitals nationwide. Ms. Johnson is also leading IMPACT beyond the implementation of EHRs, driving the use of the data they generate to produce new insights and intelligence for improvements in healthcare quality at lower costs.

    In addition to her role at Tenet, Ms. Johnson leverages more than 30 years of executive and professional nursing experience in provider organizations to benefit the U.S. healthcare reform movement in Washington, D.C. There, she serves as a member of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Health Information Technology (HIT) Standards Committee, under the auspices of the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, or ONC. Appointed to this position in 2009 by then HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Ms. Johnson also co-chairs the HIT Standards Committee Implementation Workgroup. Her many contributions help determine how ARRA’s HITECH legislation can best be enacted throughout the nation. Her participation on the Committee also helps to define the term “meaningful use” as it drives the integration of interoperable EHRs across the U.S. Healthcare System. In the last 5 years, Liz has contributed chapters to six national texts specifically illuminating HIT policy, Communication Strategy and Staff Development for HIT implementations.

    Ms. Johnson’s contributions to Tenet and the U.S. Healthcare System have earned her recognition by some of the most respected professional associations and publications in the industry. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Ms. Johnson earned Modern Healthcare’s recognition as one of the nation’s top 25 clinical informaticists. In 2010 she was named by the Health Information Management & Systems Society (HIMSS) as one of the “50-in-50” Memorable Contributors in HIMSS’ 50 Year History, and in the same year she was also the recipient of the coveted HIMSS 2010 Nursing Informatics Leadership Award. In August of 2014, Ms. Johnson was awarded the 2014 College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Federal Public Policy Award for CIO Leadership and is an elected member of the CHIME Board of Directors (2015). In October of 2014, Ms. Johnson was listed as one of the “25 CMIOs to Know” in Becker’s Hospital Review and has recently joined the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) as a Charter Member of the Steering Committee (2015).

    Prior to joining Tenet Healthcare, Ms. Johnson was Executive Vice President for the Healthlink Corporation managing national consulting healthcare practices. She has also served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Nursing for Dallas-Fort Worth Medical Center, Dallas, Texas; and Director of Women’s Services at All Saints Episcopal Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.
    Ms. Johnson holds a Master of Science Degree in Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Texas. She is a Registered Nurse in Texas and is nationally credentialed as a Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS) by HIMSS.

    Her past and present academic, professional-society and community-service associations include appointments to the Adjunct Faculties of the University of Texas at Arlington and the Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas; as an Associate with the American College of Healthcare Executives; as a member, fellow member and former Vice Chair of HIMSS; to the Board of Trustees at Tarrant County Junior College; and to the Board of Directors of the YMCA in Grand Prairie, Texas.

    Edward W. Marx, FCHIME, FHIMSS (Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015)
    Edward W. Marx, is the senior vice president and chief information officer for Texas Health Resources. His responsibilities include developing leaders and leveraging technologies to enable superior business and clinical outcomes. Additionally, Edward is the governor-appointed chairman of the Texas Health Services Authority, providing leadership over health information exchange. He has served in this position since 2010. Concurrent with his healthcare career, he served 15 years in the Army Reserve, first as a combat medic and then as a combat engineer officer.

    Edward earned his B.S. in psychology and a M.S. in consumer sciences from Colorado State University.

    Edward began his career working in the OR and then physician services at Poudre Valley Health System. Recruited to Parkview Episcopal Medical Center, he served as CIO for its management services organization and director over physician systems. In 1997, he joined HCA as chief technologist for its physician services organization. In 1999, Edward moved to University Hospitals, a multi-hospital academic health system. In 2003, he became CIO and served five years before being recruited by Texas Health.

    Edward is active with professional organizations, advisory boards and higher education. He is a Fellow of both the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He is on the CHIME Faculty for the CIO Boot Camp, training aspiring health care technology professionals. He served as president of the Ohio and Tennessee Chapters of HIMSS and chaired the Membership Services Committee. Edward is a member of the CIO advisory boards for HP, Cisco, AT&T, KLAS and Microsoft. He serves on boards for Texas Christian University, University of Texas at Dallas, and Southern Methodist University.

    The HIMSS/CHIME 2013 CIO of the Year, Edward is branded as one of the top 10 disruptive forces in healthcare. Team accolades include perennial rankings on the Computer World “100 Best Places to Work,” HIMSS “Top Ten Places to Work,” American Hospital Association “Most Wired,” Health Leaders “Marketing Awards,” CHIME, AHA and CIO “Most Innovative,” Information Week “Top 100,” and the Project Management Institute “Top Projects.” Several of his team have been recognized as “Ones to Watch.” Edward was recognized by both CIO and Computer World as “Top 100 Leaders” and the Dallas Business Journal as “Newcomer of the Year.” He has won the coveted “People’s Choice” award (HISsies) for top health care CIO four years in a row (2010-2013). Texas Health hospitals and clinics have achieved the EMRAM Stage 7 designation and have won the coveted “Davies Award” for best use of technology to enable business and clinical outcomes. Beckers identified Ed as the “Top 25 most influential executives in healthcare” as well as the “Top 26 smartest healthcare IT professionals.”

    Edward is an active communicator. His blog, “CIO Unplugged,” receives thousands of hits monthly. A frequent magazine contributor and conference speaker, he is active with social media via Twitter, Yammer, LinkedIn and FaceBook.

    A passion for athletics, Edward has completed over 100 triathlons, including multiple Ironman and Escape from Alcatraz. A member of Team USA, he placed in the top 25 (age group) at the 2014 World Duathlon (standard) Championships in Spain and top 100 overall at the long course World Championship Duathlon in Switzerland. He has already qualified for the 2015 Teams. A family affair, he often competes alongside his wife and two children. Ed also climbs mountains and is focused on reaching the summit of the highest peaks on each continent. He and his wife Julie participate in Adventure Races and share a love for Argentine Tango. Julie is a published author and both are active in their church and community. His daughter Talitha graduated from college at age 18 and is focused on completing her Ph.D. in psychology. His son Brandon is married and works as a technical director. Brandon and his wife have one son, Britton. Edward published his first book in 2014 called, “Extraordinary Tales of a Rather Ordinary Guy”. His second book, “Voices of Innovation” will be published in 2015.

    Richard I. Skinner, FCHIME (Founding faculty member, Fall 2003, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2014, Fall 2014)
    CIO, University of Virginia Health System. Rick is a healthcare IT Executive with over 25 years’ experience in healthcare information systems, including positions as the CIO for US health systems, the Ontario, Canada health system, a medical research laboratory, independent consulting and as project manager for the development and implementation of the Department of Defense’s global medical information system.Rick is currently the Chief Information and Technology Officer at the University of Virginia Health System, with responsibilities for Information Technology, Health Information Management and Clinical Engineering.Rick was formerly the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Cancer Care Ontario, responsible for providing information technology and information management for the Province’s cancer, chronic kidney disease and access to care programs and services.Rick was a Director at Navigant Consulting, a global professional services firm specializing in healthcare and litigation support, responsible for the healthcare IT practice. Rick was also Vice President for First Consulting Group, a healthcare IT focused firm active in helping its clients in provider, health plan, government and life sciences organizations achieve their goals through the use of information technology. He led the outsourcing business unit for FCG.

    Rick previously was Vice President – IS and CIO for the Providence Health System, an organization which operates hospitals, a health plan, various physician practices, and manages numerous home health and long term care businesses across the western states of the US.

    Rick was also a US Army officer, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, after leading the Army’s healthcare IT initiatives as a program manager as well as performing in different Army command and leadership roles.

    Rick is an author and frequent speaker on healthcare information technology as well as a leader in Canadian and US national organizations such as Canada’s Health Informatics Executive Forum, the College for Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology. He was the recipient in 1994 of the Healthcare Information Executives Forum, Crystal Award for Excellence. Most recently, he received the HIMSS John Gall Award for Healthcare CIO of the Year at the 2002 HIMSS Conference.

    Timothy Stettheimer, Ph.D., FACHE, FCHIME, CHCIO, CPHIMS (Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015)
    Timothy Stettheimer, Ph.D., is the Regional Chief Information Officer (RCIO) for the South and Central Region of Ascension Information Services (AIS), which is made up of five Health Ministries and five Community Health Centers. As RCIO, Tim is the regional leader responsible for AIS service delivery including IT operations, budget management (operating and capital), technology procurement, information technology projects and technology visioning. He also serves as the point of escalation for all service and delivery issues.

    Tim collaborates extensively with peers within the AIS Executive Council. He is responsible for balancing organizational priorities in developing a cohesive IT strategic plan, including the collaborative creation of cross-enterprise business engagement opportunities. Tim actively manages strategic vendor relations in concert with resources from Clinical Information Systems, Symphony, Service Provider Administration, and the Office of the Chief Technology Officer and works to develop and ensure execution of associated communication strategies. Tim guides governance models, serves on Ascension-level committees and supports diverse AIS functions such as goal sponsorship, compensation committee efforts, IT general control oversight, infrastructure governance, and AIS Model Community Survey action planning.

    Prior to his current role, Tim served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for St. Vincent’s Health System, Birmingham. In this role, he was responsible for managing the Health Ministry’s technology strategy, portfolio and operations, while serving as the Health Ministry’s technology service delivery senior escalation point. He has also served in leadership roles at Adventist Health System and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

    Tim is a graduate of the Ascension Executive Management Formation program. He earned a doctorate in information services focused in medical informatics, information theory and design and information policy and management from the University of North Texas in Denton. He holds a master’s degree in applied cognition and neuroscience from the University of Texas in Dallas, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Tim is a fellow with both the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (FCHIME). He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), holds the Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) credential, is a certified professional in healthcare information management systems (CPHIMS), and is a member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He served as a fellow through a National Institute of Health grant during his doctoral studies. Tim has held faculty positions with the University of North Texas and the University of Alabama – Birmingham.

    Dr. Stettheimer has earned the Certified Healthcare CIO distinction from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). He also served as the CHIME 2010 Board Chair, the 2011 CHIME Foundation Board Chair and the 2013-1014 CHIME Education Foundation Board Chair.

    Tim lives Birmingham, Ala., with his wife, Carol, and their four children.

    Gretchen Tegethoff, CHCIO, FCHIME (Fall 2013)
    Chief Information Officer. Gretchen Tegethoff most recently held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Athens Regional Health System, a nationally acclaimed, acute care facility with 360 beds and Level 2 Trauma services, four urgent care centers, a quality network of physicians and specialists, a health maintenance organization, and a home health agency, located in Athens, GA.She previously served as the Chief Information Officer at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC.She is a current member of the Board of Trustees of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), CHIME Education Foundation Board, and previously served on the CHIME Board with a leadership role in Public Policy and as the 2013 Treasurer and Secretary. She is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and is serving on the GA HIMSS Board of Directors as the Advocacy Committee Chair. She is also a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), serving on the Information Governance Task Force. She has been engaged in various national and state health IT initiatives including workforce development programs and health information exchange initiatives. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

    Recently, Tegethoff was named in Information Week’s “20 Health IT Leaders Who Are Driving Change” and Becker’s Hospital Review “100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know”. In 2011, she was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of twelve national leaders in the publication’s “Up and Comers” report.

    Tegethoff earned her Master’s Degree in Information Systems Technology from the George Washington University School of Business and her undergraduate degree in Medical Technology from West Virginia University School of Medicine.

  • The Healthcare CIO Boot Camp may be one of the most important investments you can make toward your personal and professional success.

    100% of the Boot Camp participants say they’d recommend this program to others. Here’s why:

    I really want to thank the people at CHIME for developing and making this Boot Camp available. It has been definitely a seminal event in my career because of its rich emphasis on leadership development and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend. The faculty was amazing and I really feel like they gave a 100% of themselves in the training. Even though a number of them had been doing the Boot Camp for years, they approached the training with not only wisdom but freshness and enthusiasm. I feel fortunate to have attended this particular session, as this was Tim Zoph’s last event after serving as Program Director for 10 years. He aptly lead us through the course and I am sure he will be missed.

    The Boot Camp was also great because it was taught by real CIOs with real world experience. They were able to provide concrete examples, case studies and tools. I was able to begin using some the tools they shared immediately upon my return. An example of this is a couple of tools that were shared about Patient Center Medical Homes Recognition, as my organization is in the midst of obtaining our PCMH recognition. There a lot of benefit from the networking with my Boot Camp classmates and I am looking forward to staying in touch with them through the CHIME online group. I am also grateful for the scholarship that afforded me the opportunity to participate. We are a Federally Qualified Community Health Center serving underserved communities and this will allow me to take the lessons of the Boot Camp back to an environment where it is critical to be able to leverage information technology to gain improvements in the our quality of care and business efficiencies.

    Thank you again, and I am looking forward to making a difference in my organization and the lives of our patients.

    Dr. Angela Duncan Diop, ND – Spring 2013 Alumni
    Vice President Information Systems
    Unity Health Care, Inc.

    “CHIME is pioneering the development of new and current HIT executives through relational engagement, while aligning goals with strategy,” the dedication by the CHIME staff to treatment of patients through IT as an enabler is heartfelt and genuine. Today, there is no comparison to the level of training the Healthcare CIO Boot Camp provides. I highly recommend attending and making this a priority for growth and development.”

    Jason W. Hawley – Spring 2013 Alumni
    Director of Information Services at Yuma District Hospital & Clinics.

    With a CIO faculty of combined healthcare experience of over 190 years and more than 145 years in IT the Boot Camp educators bring diversity and real-world knowledge, challenging participants to think strategically and prepare them with the analytical skills needed to tackle complex issues — now and in the future.

    “They have wide and varied experience from small hospitals to big academic institutions— I cannot think of anything they have not seen or done,” he said. “I would use these words to describe the faculty, ‘REAL, AUTHENTIC, HUMBLE and GREAT leaders.’ This is what is needed in healthcare leadership and in leadership in general.”

    Sathish V. Jetty MD FAAP CPE – Spring 2013 Alumni
    CIO and CMIO at Adena Health System

    “The CIO Boot Camp was a great opportunity for me as I am sure others who have attended will attest. The faculty had such a unique and interesting way of keeping people involved, interested, and on their toes. The faculty as well as the other CHIME staff members and boot camp participants put on a great boot camp. I will certainly recommend this event others who have not had a chance to attend.”

    Jeremy Look – Fall 2011 Boot Camp alumni
    Information Technology Services Manager
    Down East Community Hospital
    Machias, Maine

    “The Boot Camp was a very impressive experience with tremendous value not only to reinforce the things I’m already doing, but also to give me new skills, tactics, and ideas that will map directly to my own organization’s environment.”

    Jake Hughes
    Information Technology Director
    St. Charles Medical Center
    Bend, OR

    “This was absolutely a fantastic program! The material was relevant, interaction with faculty and other students was beneficial, and the tools and techniques I learned are entirely applicable. My head is swimming with new ideas I want to apply as a result of what I learned at the Boot Camp.”

    Scott Dresen
    Director of Enterprise Technology Services
    Spectrum Health System
    Grand Rapids, MI

    “The Boot Camp addressed real world issues that I deal with as a CIO every day. I’ve picked up tips I will be able to deploy immediately.”

    John Kravitz
    Senior Vice President and CIO
    Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital

    “Of all of the educational programs I have attended over the past 9 years, the Boot Camp was by far the most beneficial with respect to getting meaningful and practical content. The issues covered were right on target and I am using what I learned in my next presentation to our IT Steering Committee. The opportunity to spend time with some of the most prominent CIO leaders in the industry was truly rewarding.”

    Gordon Lashmett
    St. Anthony’s Medical Center

    “The Boot Camp was truly an outstanding program–my directors will be attending in the future. The assigned reading materials were outstanding as were the tools and techniques that we learned. The mix of the faculty and students was also very beneficial.”

    Mikki Clancy
    VP and CIO
    Premier Health Partners

    “The CIO Boot Camp provided me with valuable information on the essential skills and critical success factors required to be a CIO. It provided insight as to how the CIO must function as the IT leader of an organization to meet business needs. The conference was very well organized and the faculty were great to work with and made the conference very enjoyable. I would highly recommend the CIO Boot Camp to anyone pursuing the CIO professional path or for anyone that directly reports to the CIO at their organization.”

    Jeff Kennedy
    Director of Technical Services
    ProHealth Care, Inc.

    “The Boot Camp is certainly one of the best programs I’ve ever attended. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is dealing with CIO issues, whether they are a CIO or not. It was truly unique (and rewarding) to be in a room full of people from around the country who are all dealing with the same decisions and problems that I deal with on a daily basis.”

    Larry Farrell
    Assistant VP of IS
    MedStar Health

    “The Boot Camp is by far one of the best uses of my organization’s education dollars! I don’t think I have thought this hard since graduate school. The pre-readings, faculty, and networking with colleagues was truly exceptional. Please carve time out of your future calendars to participate in this exceptional program. You will grow and stretch as a result!”

    Gene Shaw
    VP of IT/CIO
    Yuma Regional Medical Center

  • Scholarships & Tuition Assistance

    CHIME recognizes that attending the Healthcare CIO Boot Camp requires a significant investment of your time and individual/organizational resources. We also firmly believe that access to this important professional development program should be available to all current and future CIOs, regardless of individual/organizational financial means.The CHIME Education Foundation provides scholarships and tuition assistance to CHIME members and future CIOs for attendance at a variety of educational conferences, events, and professional development programs, including several scholarships specifically designed to support participation in the Healthcare CIO Boot Camp. For more information or to apply for a scholarship, click here.

  • Course Events/Activities

    Please free yourself of work obligations for the duration of the Boot Camp. In addition to the program sessions, Boot Camp registrants are expected to participate in all of the following program events and activities:

    • Completion of participant profile questionnaire
    • Homework/reading assignments
    • Small-group case study work
    • Receptions, lunches and continental breakfasts
    • Group dinner

    Reading Material

    Please note that there is a significant amount of reading material for the Boot Camp. Upon registration we send you a file containing all of these materials approximately two weeks prior to the program. Please allow yourself sufficient time to read all of the materials prior to arriving at the Boot Camp.

    Program Eligibility: Participation in the Boot Camp is currently limited to members of CHIME and their direct reports only (including Affiliates). CHIME Foundation representatives are not eligible to attend. Questions about eligibility? We can help! Please contact the CHIME office for assistance at 734.665.000 prior to registering.