Job Training Program for Veterans and Effort to Improve Care for Heart Attack Patients Honored by CHIME
ORLANDO, FL, October 15, 2015 – Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, has teamed with a number of technology firms to build a unique job-training program for military veterans. Through the collaboration, more than a dozen veterans have been placed in information technology jobs throughout the Chicago region.
In recognition of this partnership, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) today honored Jaime Parent, associate chief information officer and vice president of IT operations at Rush University Medical Center, along with Citrix, EMC2, Epic, Hitachi Data Systems, Hewlett Packard, Lexmark and NetApp, with its 2015 Collaboration Award.
University of Mississippi Medical Center CIO John Showalter and Jvion, a data analytics company, were also honored today at the CHIME15 Fall CIO Forum for a collaboration aimed at improving care for heart failure patients.
A retired lieutenant colonel from the Air Force Biomedical Sciences Corps, Parent saw a gap in vocational training for veterans being treated at the medical center. In 2013, he created the EN-Abled Veteran Internship Program, which offers paid internships that provide veterans with job training, certification and job placement assistance. Rather than ask IT vendor partners for financial contributions, Parent approached them for support with job training and job placement. The CHIME Foundation Firms partnering with Rush University Medical Center offer free online access to their training programs, which compliments on-the-job training the veterans receive at the medical center.
In Mississippi, heart disease is the leading cause of death, killing 240 people out of 100,000 annually, the highest rate in the nation. To improve care for patients at risk of a heart attack, Showalter teamed Jvion to develop early interventions for discharged patients.
The predictive analytics program helped UMMC identify a somewhat hidden patient population — those at risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in the next 12 months. The medical center is monitoring patients in this group to study the most effective interventions to improve health outcomes.
To learn more about the CHIME Collaboration Award, click here.
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.
Director of Communications and Public Relations, CHIME