If you couldn’t make CHIME17 this year, or if you want a recap of the events that took place in San Antonio, Texas, look no further. Here is a rundown from the forum, with pictures and fun facts.

Monday, Oct. 30

5:30 p.m.: Painting the Town

The Women of CHIME gathered for a Paint and Pour, where they tested their palates (both the tasting kind and the artistic kind) by turning canvasses into colorful cups and cacti while sipping wine. Earlier that day, some women took advantage of a women’s golf clinic with a TPC pro.

7 p.m.: Making Acquaintances

The two-hour reception in the JW Marriott’s sports bar was packed with CHIME members and Foundation firm representatives, giving everyone a chance to reunite with long-time colleagues and meet new ones.


Tuesday, Oct. 31

8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Tee Time to Tea Time

The Annual Charity Golf Outing kicked off bright and early, starting with a 7 a.m. breakfast and closing with a 1 p.m. lunch. OK, that is not strictly tea time but close enough.

Fun fact: The Golf Outing winners were Mike Celetti, Nathan Danner, John McFarland and Sanjay Purushotham.

Noon-4:30 p.m.: Benefitting Others

Some CHIME members donated professional dress clothes to Dress of Success San Antonio while others participated in the Giving Back event by packing cleaning supplies for the San Antonio Food Bank. The food bank has been helping victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Fun fact: The donated cleaning supplies and baby items CHIME members packed for the San Antonio Food Bank weighed in at 278 pounds.

7-9 p.m.: It Was a Spooktacular Reception

There were plenty of cowboys, some nods to Dr. Seuss and a Darth Vader or two at the Halloween contest and reception. The top prize for a costume went to Cyndi Cahill and Cara Babachicos, as Cyndi Lou and the Grinch.

Fun fact: The entire CHIME staff dressed for the occasion. Mimes, superheroes, animals, damsels, ballplayers … we had it covered.

Wednesday, Nov. 1


The Fun Run for Charity started in the wee hours, followed by two Sunrise Sessions: “CHCIO & CFCHE: A Window into Your Certification Journey” and “Breaking Down the Barriers and Paving the Way.”

6:15 a.m. Running

Fun fact: Members of Girls Inc. attended the Sunrise Session on diversity and then paired up with a CHIME member for part of the day.

8 a.m. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Of course, there was a skit. Data blocker Russ Branzell faced off with cyber hacker Albert Oriol, who both proved to be nothing compared to Sheriff Liz Johnson. Let’s just say she took care of these two scoundrels.

8-8:30 a.m.: Well-deserved Recognition

CHIME Chair Liz Johnson announced the winners of the CHIME-AHA Transformational Leadership Award, the Innovator of the Year Award and the Outstanding Service Award. Congratulations to Gary Barnes, CIO at Medical Center Health System (Transformational Leader); Fernado Martinez, chief digital officer at the Texas Hospital Association (Innovator) and Chuck Christian at the Indiana Health information Exchange (Outstanding Service) for these well-deserved honors.

8:30 a.m.: It’s Good for You, Seriously

Health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, author of The Upside of Stress and The Willpower Instinct, explained during her keynote address how stress can be channeled to overcome challenges and help CIOs succeed.

Fun fact: This was the first event to be live streamed at a CHIME forum.

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Staying on Track and Focused

In the morning, CHIME members had their choice of a variety of topics at track sessions designed to enhance their leadership skills and prepare them for the current and future challenges in healthcare. They enjoyed a lunch and participated in Focus Groups in the afternoon.

Fun fact: CIOs who attended Focus Groups donated more than $18,000 in honorarium proceeds to the CHIME Education Foundation.

5:15-6 p.m.: Direct from D.C.

Health and Human Services CIO Beth Killoran gave an overview of efforts by her team to collaborate with CIOs, industry, policy makers and then answered questions posed by CHIME President and CEO Russ Branzell. A networking reception immediately followed.

Thursday, Nov. 2

6:15- 7:45 a.m.: Worth Waking Up For

Women of CHIME participated in a Fun Run/ Walk before the Sunrise Sessions, “An Update from Washington.”

8-9:30 a.m.: Congratulations

CHIME Chair Liz Johnson presented the CHIME Collaboration Award to Deborah Gash of Saint Luke’s Health System and HCTec, followed by CHIME Foundation Board Chair Marc Probst, who presented the CHIME Foundation Partner Award to Connection and the CHIME Foundation Industry Award to Dana Sellers, the retired CEO and co-founder of Encore. In a keynote, Stanford University School of Medicine faculty member Abraham Verghese gave an overview of technology in medicine and its role in maintaining the doctor-patient relationship.

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Another Packed Day

More great Track Sessions, Focus Groups, a networking luncheon and an outdoor luncheon for Women of CHIME, plus a Reverse Focus Group.

Fun fact: More than 270 CIOs attended in-person Focus Groups and Foundation firms held 99 in-person Focus Groups.

6:30-9:45 p.m.: Guitars Galore

A reception and dinner included a fundraising auction of guitars and albums signed by members of 38 Special. Bidding was fierce, as was the 38 Special concert.

Friday, Nov. 3

7:45-8:45 a.m.: A Debut Performance

Leadership from the Edge, a new feature for CHIME’s Fall CIO Forum, made its debut and proved to be a welcome addition. In another first, the three sessions were live streamed and archived, so members can go back and review them anytime at their leisure.

9:15-10:45: A Blockchain Buster Talk

Don Tapscott, co-founder of the Blockchain Research Institute and co-author of Blockchain Revolution, explained the security features of blockchain and how it related to healthcare IT.

10:45 a.m.: Raffles and Best Regards

CHIME Chair Liz Johnson and CHIME Executive Vice President and COO Keith Fraidenburg honored Chuck Christian with the 2017 CHIME Public Policy Award before naming the winners of the CHIME and CHIME Tech Coop raffles. Then CHIME President and CEO Russ Branzell closed the show with a nod to Top Gun and San Diego, site of the movie’s filming and the host city for the 2018 CHIME Fall CIO Forum. Mark the dates: Oct. 30-Nov. 2.

Fun fact: Fundraising events at CHIME17 netted $32,400 for the charity Direct Relief.