From fresh perspectives on current challenges confronting healthcare IT to glimpses of future use of information technology in healthcare, attendees at the CHIME10 Fall CIO Forum in Phoenix enjoyed top-notch educational and networking experiences.
The event, held at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa, smashed previous records for the number of attendees with nearly 650 in attendance, which included 367 CIOs, also a record for a CHIME forum.
Many came to hear the latest information on HITECH funding and related topics, and the forum’s program featured heavy doses of education on the stimulus fund program for meaningfully using EHRs.
Wednesday’s opening keynote session featured David Blumenthal, MD, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), who called for IT executives to move to the forefront to help shape the emerging system.
Blumenthal lauded CHIME for its support and assistance over the past year, particularly its StateNet initiative, the development of The CIO’s Guide to Implementing EHRs in the HITECH Era, and volunteers’ participation on various panels shaping the federal program. He said such public-private partnerships will be essential in helping the nation make the switch to electronic health records.
“I fully expect that we will pass the baton to you and others like you in the near future,” he said. “We are looking to you provide that leadership. You and your leadership is as important as anything else in the framework we are trying to create and move forward.”
The forum also featured stimulating keynotes by authors John W. Kenagy, MD, and Chip Heath, and futurist Michio Kaku, who provided startling predictions of healthcare delivery in the not-too-distant future, based on current trends and developments in science.
Town hall sessions were also devoted to the HITECH-related topics of future stages of meaningful use and certification. CIOs at the certification town hall, for example, heard the latest updates on vendors that have achieved certification of full systems or modules, and programs to help hospitals achieve certification for their self-developed systems.
Other educational events at the Forum were well-attended and popular. CHIME Foundation Firms held in excess of 70 Focus Groups on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. In addition, members packed 12 educational track sessions led by their peers on Thursday morning to glean useful best practices on various healthcare IT topics; from strategy and leadership to organizational performance improvement.
The Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) examination drew its largest group ever Thursday morning. A group of 31 took the test, which included 125 questions and lasted two and a half hours.
CHIME also welcomed 44 attendees to the 15th offering of the Healthcare CIO Boot Camp, which took place just prior to the Forum. The program’s unique mix of lecture, interactivity, coaching, mentoring and networking opportunities offered a tremendously valuable and rewarding learning experience. These new boot camp graduates now make-up an exclusive group of 665 program alumni who have demonstrated excellence in advancing their careers, their profession, and the industry.
Prior to the Forum, CHIME held its recreational events with golf, go-kart racing and an especially touching bicycle event. A fierce mix of rain, wind and baseball-sized hail made for some challenging conditions for our golfers in Phoenix. Hats off to the CHIME golfers who braved the storm!
On that same afternoon, as part of CHIME’s “Giving Back” program, about 45 Forum attendees built 22 bikes as gifts for a group of local children. The children, selected as both high-performing students and economically disadvantaged, were completely surprised; they were told they were coming to the conference center to do a service project to pick up trash.
CHIME also had the chance to formally recognized exemplary performance in healthcare information technology with the CHIME Awards Ceremony. With Board Chair Tim Stettheimer and CHIME President and CEO Rich Correll presiding, the following awards were presented:
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Bill Childs, Vice President at Vitalize Consulting Solutions
Chuck Christian, Director of Information Systems and CIO at Good Samaritan Hospital, and Judy Kirby, President of Kirby Partners Inc.
Transformational Leadership Award:
Drexel University College of Medicine
Innovator of the Year Award:
David Muntz, Senior Vice President and CIO at Baylor Health Care System
Paul Foelsch, Vice President of Information Systems and CIO at Mercy Iowa City
George Hickman, Executive Vice President and CIO at Albany Medical Center
Keith Robinson, CIO at WCA Hospital
McKesson Healthcare CIO Boot Camp Minority Scholarship:
Shankar Veluvali, IT Director at Hennepin County Medical Center
McKesson Healthcare CIO Boot Camp Women’s Scholarship:
Carrie Mast, CIO at CORHIO
HP Innovation in Healthcare Scholarships:
Felix Ekpo, Business Applications Manager, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Nathan Ford, Deputy CIO, Eisenhower Army Medical Center
Steve Huffman, VP/CIO, Memorial Health System
Sanjay Purushotham, Executive Director – IS, Bon Secours Baltimore Hospital
Wendy Worthing, Manager – IT, Children’s Hospital Omaha
Healthcare CIO Boot Camp Member Scholarship:
Yogesh Patel, Director – IS Operations at Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation
Healthcare CIO Boot Camp Military Scholarship:
Chad Fletcher CHCIO, CIO at Reynolds Army Community Hospital
CHIME10 CIO Forum Scholarship:
Anita Wilson, Director – IT Clinical Systems at Memorial Healthcare System
CHIME Edge Scholarship:
Terri Wimms, CIO at Visiting Nurse Association Ohio
Atlantic Health Scholarship:
Bonnie Anderson, Director of Information Security at HealthEast
Kenneth Huckaby, Director – IT Operations at TpHR, LLP
Richard A. Correll Scholarship:
Shadaab Kanwal, Director Clinical Informatics at UCLA Healthcare
John Glaser Scholarship:
Mary Hand, Director, Information Services at Glens Falls Hospital