CHIME Unveils Certification Program for Industry Representatives

ANN ARBOR, MI, June 23, 2017 – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has launched the CHIME Foundation Certified Healthcare Executive (CFCHE) program for employees of CHIME Foundation firms. The certification is designed to assess the knowledge of an experienced healthcare IT industry employee and ensure that a recipient shares the same commitment to quality as a chief information officer (CIO).

The CFCHE program mirrors the CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) program, which was created in 2009 for CIOs and IT executives to demonstrate their mastery of the profession. Today more than 350 CHIME members hold the CHCIO title.

“CFCHE certification will assure CIOs and other senior healthcare executives that the recipient has a strong grasp on the health IT environment and will be a partner with the healthcare system in its efforts to improve patient care, safety and efficiencies,” said Jennifer Ramstrom, chair of the CFCHE Committee and vice president of vertical strategy and business development at Connection.

The CFCHE certification is available to employees of CHIME Foundation firms who meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree, or be enrolled in a baccalaureate program
  • and three years of professional experience at a CHIME Foundation member organization or other qualified healthcare provider organization
  • or one year of professional experience at a CHIME Foundation firm and currently maintain CHCIO status.

Committee co-chair Cyndi Cahill, managing partner at Pursuit Healthcare Advisors in Philadelphia, said the CFCHE initiative incorporates the perspective of both industry and CIOs. “CHIME CHCIO members and CHIME Foundation member representatives worked together on the writing and development of the exam,” she said. “It reflects the mutual values of vendors and their customers.”

The exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions, including scenario-based and independent questions. It will be offered at CHIME in-person events, and will make its debut Sept. 15 at the second annual CHIME Partner Education Summit (CPES) in Chicago. It also will be available at local testing centers across the country, beginning Aug. 1.

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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 2,300 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

Candace Stuart
Director of Communications and Public Relations, CHIME
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