CFCHE Program Gains Traction and Interest Among CIOs
By Tim Stettheimer, Vice President, Education
“What have you done for me lately?” No. Not the Janet Jackson song from the ‘80s – it’s the question asked in most businesses and by customers in our increasingly fast-moving environment. If you haven’t been asked this (or something like it), hang tight; you will be.
As a CIO, no one wants to spend time answering questions like “What makes you lose sleep at night?” or “What is your strategy?” or “What are your top priorities?” Those questions waste time. CIOs want partners who already know the answers to those questions – because those potential partners are bringing solutions for a fast-moving market in which they have answers.
How do CIOs find those partners? One answer is “the CFCHE credential.” The CHIME Foundation Certified Health Executive (CFCHE) program was designed to provide recognition for CHIME Foundation members of a level of insight and industry understanding that exceeds the norm. This designation is gaining even more prominence due to the pressures that the healthcare industry faces. As CIOs are being asked to deliver innovation, strategy, operational excellence and to reduce costs, they need help.
Internal resources for CIOs are limited and it is a frustrating journey of trial and error to quickly find qualified partners to work with. When a CIO has a long-term relationship with a firm or particular individual, they are their first line of partnering. When a CIO does not have an established partner in an area (security, recruiting, networking, etc.), they need a go-to option. So, they reach out to their colleagues and friends seeking rapid support – but often, they can’t find what they need.
Next step? There is the rub. There is no good next step. There has been no way to quickly identify partners who are already competent and informed on current issues or solutions. However, the CFCHE can fill this gap. As the CFCHE ranks increase, CHIME CIOs will increasingly expect that they can find partnerships in that expert pool of people. The credential demonstrates a level of initiative and experience that is otherwise hard to identify. With a CFCHE partner, CIOs understand more and more that they won’t need to waste time bringing someone “up to speed”– they can just go. And “go” is now the name of the game.
Find out more about CFCHE, summer and group discounts, and opportunities to take the exam that include an “in-home” online option and our upcoming CPES18 event by visiting our website: https://chimecentral.org/certification/cfche/.