Inside CHIME: CHIME17 Shakes It Up with New Programs and Formats

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By Sarah Richardson, CIO – CA Market, HealthCare Partners

The CHIME17 CIO Fall Forum is only a few weeks away, and if you are expecting a typical conference experience, be prepared for a surprise. The Fall Forum Planning Committee decided to shake the program up this year.

We replaced the Encore Sessions with Leadership from the Edge. These are short TED-like sessions unlike anything we’ve done at past forums. We designed Leadership from the Edge as a program for CHIME members by CHIME members with topics that prepare you for what lies ahead in your careers as CIOs. We had a great slate of submissions and selected three presentations that push the envelope.

What happens when what is best for a patient requires your IT team to step back when it is time to gather patient information? For victims of human trafficking, that is exactly what Donna Roach and her staff at Via Christi Health in Kansas did to help patients get proper healthcare and break the cycle of abuse. She is now CIO of Gulf Coast Ministry, Ascension Information Services. Michael Martz, market information officer with Ascension, will tackle national interoperability and propose a plan to make it a reality. The last session focuses on the CIO’s changing role as we work in partnership with clinicians and patients. Fittingly, this will be jointly presented by Theresa Meadows, senior vice president and CIO at Cook Children’s Health Care System, and George Reynolds, retired CIO, CMIO and principal of Reynolds Healthcare Advisers.

We also selected and scheduled keynote speakers who will leave you enriched and empowered—but also a little unsettled. The forum starts with Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist whose 2013 TED Talk, “How to Make Stress Your Friend,” is one of the 20 Most Viewed TED Talks of all time. She will discuss the upside of stress, the importance of caring and compassion and how to use these forces in tough situations to adapt and succeed.

The next day’s keynote is Abraham Verghese, a physician and prolific author with a vision for healthcare that combines technological innovation with the traditional doctor-patient relationship. Many speakers leave audiences with “aha” moments, but with Verghese you can expect an epiphany. You will not only understand what you need to know in new scenarios but what to do to come out ahead.

That takes us to our closer, Don Tapscott. The planning committee wanted to reach beyond the routine dialog about cybersecurity, breaches and cyber threats and bring you a true IT visionary and innovator. Tapscott sees blockchain as the ultimate cryptography tool and the foundation for a revolutionary new technology. This will be a wake-up call: While the forum prepares us to think in a futuristic and strategic way that aligns us with our organizations’ goals, Tapscott’s presentation on blockchain will reinforce that we need to stretch our minds about what healthcare IT will be in the future.

We made sure the features you look forward to at any CHIME CIO Fall Forum remained as well. You will have plenty of opportunities to network, attend top-notch educational sessions to help you stay informed and ready for what lies ahead, along with focus groups, receptions and more.

We look forward to seeing you Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in San Antonio. The agenda and registration Information is available here.

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