CHIME Foundation’s Vision for 2018
By Barb Sivek, Vice President, CHIME Foundation
The year 2018 kicks off what we know will be an incredible period of growth, partnership and shared productivity for CHIME and its members. And this year we will begin the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the CHIME Foundation. We aim to make it a spectacular year for you, our CHIME Foundation members.
We’ve set our sights on goals both big and small that will have a positive effect on interactions across the organization: helping our team connect to you and your staff teams; providing opportunities for you to connect with CHIME CIO members; and working on mutually beneficial programs, events and policy work that serves the entire healthcare IT industry.
One of the main areas we will focus on in 2018 is relationship management. This year, we have expanded the opportunities for partnership as a CHIME Foundation firm with the Global Partnership program. Global Partners have the benefits that come with a Premier-tier membership, with additional benefits that include international and Most Wired opportunities over a multiyear partnership plan. We are also exploring conversations on expanded partnerships with Foundation members at Premier and Standard tiers, which we are calling “Partners Plus.”
January is a busy time of year, with many of CHIME Foundation’s members renewing their commitments to CHIME for a fresh slate of benefits and services. As you may know, the CHIME Foundation is currently at maximum capacity with firms waiting to join – so the renewal decision process is especially critical for firms wishing to remain with CHIME as we enter 2018.
In the year ahead, we will continue to focus on providing outstanding customer service, and hope to improve upon the already-positive ratings and feedback you gave us through the recent survey we conducted. Some of the ways we will achieve this high standard include facilitating more educational webinars for you and your teams on topics like Focus Group Best Practices, Benefits Utilization and more. We will continue to send out Quarterly Benefits Reports, which keep you informed and let you easily access a record of what benefits have been utilized and which remain for your use.
We’re excited for a great event in Las Vegas at CHIME-HIMSS 2018 CIO Forum, and know that your teams are in the planning process now. Looking ahead, keep your calendars open for the third annual CHIME Partner Education Summit, CPES18, slated for early September of 2018 in Chicago. We will have a great roster of CHIME CIO educators and presenters, and have taken your requests to heart, planning to address the issues and topics that will best inform, educate and engage you. CHIME18 is in San Diego this year, and we are excited to celebrate our 25th anniversary while there.
CHIME was thrilled to have 27 Foundation representatives earn the CFCHE credential in its inaugural year, and are looking forward to helping to certify many more in 2018. Testing will be available at in-person events like CPES, CHIME/HIMSS18, CHIME18, and also can be scheduled online at local testing centers.
We’re thankful for your team’s partnership as we head full steam into 2018. We’re looking forward to an exciting, educational and celebratory year, and we hope you are as well.