CHIME 2017 Annual Report and Letter from the Foundation Board Chair
Letter from the Foundation Board Chair Liz Johnson:
CIOs do not work in a vacuum. To be most effective, we must maintain close ties with our healthcare system’s top executives, clinician leaders and other key staff. We must listen to them, learn what they need, occasionally educate them and provide them with the tools, support and knowledge to meet their goals. When we do our jobs right, everyone benefits – most importantly, the patient.
CHIME Foundation members also play a critical role in our successes as healthcare leaders. They give us the technology support and services we need for our healthcare organizations to function efficiently and effectively. Like us, the best in class listen, learn, educate and deliver. Although they don’t interact directly with patients the way doctors and nurses do, they can still take pride in knowing that they have contributed to that care.
CHIME has created a unique environment that allows those in provider organizations and those in industry to learn and educate each other. In 2017, we introduced the industry’s first certification program: the CHIME Foundation Certified Healthcare Executive (CFCHE), an initiative for industry representatives that mirrors the CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO program. The CHIME Foundation also held its second annual CHIME Partner Education Summit (CPES) in Chicago, an educational event for industry representatives that is taught by CIO faculty. CPES aims to foster stronger partnerships among CHIME members and CHIME Foundation members.
CHIME has always championed education and career development for members and now the CHIME Foundation can offer the same high-quality benefits to Foundation firm members. We feel this is critical for advancing health and healthcare in our communities.
Foundation firms have continued to be very generous to CHIME as well. We thank all of our Foundation firms for their support of CHIME. Without them, CHIME could not offer the networking, professional development and educational programs that members rely on to be leaders in our industry.
The CHIME Foundation is committed to creating a better future for our industry and the patients we serve. What we accomplished in 2017 is just the start.