The CHIME-AHA Transformational Leadership Award honors an organization that has excelled in developing and deploying transformational information technology that improves the delivery of care and streamlines administrative services. The award is given to the organization’s Chief Information Officer and Chief Executive Officer, who recognizes the need for a strong partnership between its technology team and executive leadership.

Transformation is a fundamental change in the way an organization or community delivers and/or administers healthcare, enabled by health information technology, with documented improvement in quality, efficiency, and/or financing.


Jointly awarded to a CHIME member CIO and his/her organization’s CEO. CHIME and the American Hospital Association offer this award to acknowledge transformational leadership using IT in healthcare.


The transformation must have been large-scale, significant, and demonstrated sustainability at the member’s organization or in the community, as applicable. Examples can include deploying electronic prescribing tools, CPOE, personal health records, electronic health records, data mining, community or RHIO efforts, and others.

The organization must have documented results in quality improvement, efficiency gains, and/or positive financial returns.

The specific process changes and benefits should be replicable in other organizations.

The organizational transformation and/or results must have happened or been completed in the past year.

The CEO must validate the change, the process, the benefits, and the role of the CIO in the transformation efforts.

Applications for the 2017 awards are no longer being accepted. Recipients will be notified shortly.