CHIME Honors Rodney Dykehouse with Federal Public Policy Award for CIO Leadership
ANN ARBOR, MI, October 7, 2015 – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) named Rodney Dykehouse, FCHIME, CHCIO, as the recipient of the organization’s Federal Public Policy Award for CIO Leadership. Dykehouse is chief information officer of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine.
Dykehouse serves as a member of CHIME’s Policy Steering Committee and has been a thought leader on such critical issues as cybersecurity and the Meaningful Use program. He’s been instrumental in educating policymakers on the value of health IT, as well as the opportunities and challenges to advancing adoption.
“Having worked at different types of organizations across the country, Rod brings a unique perspective to policy discussions,” said Randy McCleese, MBA, MS, LCHIME, CHICO; chair, CHIME Policy Steering Committee; vice president of information services and CIO, St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead, KY. “His background has added significantly to the Policy Steering Committee and CHIME’s efforts in Washington, D.C.”
Prior to joining Penn State Hershey Medical Center in 2012, Dykehouse was CIO at UCLA Medical Sciences where he oversaw IT operations for the organization’s medical centers, family practice groups and schools of medicine. He has also served as CIO of Froedtert Health System, an academic partner of the Medical College of Wisconsin; St. John Health System in Detroit and ProHealth Care in Waukesha, WI.
The award recognizes policy leadership by a CHIME member for a range of activities, including educating policymakers on the value of health IT, testifying before federal workgroups or congressional committees, visiting representatives, and providing feedback on federal initiatives.
“I am extremely honored to receive this recognition,” said Dykehouse, who has been a CHIME member since 1994. “CHIME members have a deep understanding and appreciation for how federal policy on such things as cybersecurity and Meaningful Use impact the industry and, ultimately, patient care. For example, the increasing frequency and sophistication of cyber attacks pose a threat to nearly all medical devices that are now connected within our healthcare and research organizations. We must work together to push for medical device vendor standards to better address these threats.”
Dykehouse said that CHIME’s insights on key healthcare policy issues has made the organization a valuable resource to federal regulators and members of Congress, especially as health IT plays a larger role in nearly every aspect of care delivery.
“CHIME members and staff do a great job facilitating an informed exchange between the industry and policymakers,” he said.
Dykehouse will be honored this week as part of National Health IT Week in Washington, D.C., and at CHIME’s Fall CIO Forum in Orlando, Oct. 14-17.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,700 CIO members and over 150 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.