Membership in CHIME is targeted for those principally in charge of Information Systems/Services in the healthcare community (the highest ranking executive responsible for information technology), those in charge of IS for major divisions and/or regions of large corporate or integrated delivery systems will also be considered for membership.
The healthcare community will include delivery systems, payor/insurance organizations, clinics, provider groups, diagnostic facilities, and other healthcare-related organizations. Because of the rapidly changing healthcare landscape, these criteria serve as primary guidelines which may evolve as industry and IS strategies change.
- Health Services Delivery Organization(s)
- Hospital/Acute Care
- Medical Groups (e.g., PPOs, Group Practices)
- Home Health Care/Hospice/Long-term Care
- Public Health Care Agencies (providing direct care services)
- Healthcare Payer/Insurance Organizations
- Management Service Organizations & Other Healthcare IT Related Organizations
- Organizations related to healthcare IT but whose primary business does not include selling memberships, OR selling hardware, software or consulting services to healthcare CIOs.
- Qualified organizations normally provide or are otherwise linked to direct patient care. Such organizations may include: radiology groups, disease management companies, RHIOs, state or federal government agencies and state hospital associations.
- If an organization has multiple business units, 50%+ of the organization’s primary business must meet the above noted membership criteria. For example, if 25% of an organization is dedicated to physician staffing but the remaining 75% of an organization is dedicated to IT consulting, the CIO from such an organization would not be qualified.
- Highest ranking IS/IT/Informatics/Innovation/Analytics/Digital Health Executive
- Regional, market area, or facility level IS/IT/Innovation/Analytics/Digital Health Executive
This person will normally be responsible for overall service delivery and budget
- Contract CIOs (either employed by a consulting or vendor firm, or are self-employed)
- If the IS function of a health services delivery organization or a payer organization is outsourced, and there is no CIO employed by the organization itself, then that outsourced CIO (who may be an employee of a consulting or vendor firm, or self-employed) is eligible for membership. In this case, the outsourced CIO must be working full time as the CIO at the specified healthcare or payer organization.
- If the applicant or renewing member is self-employed (usually as a consultant) and actively looking for a permanent CIO role, he or she may continue with his or her membership for one year. To qualify as a self-employed CIO, the member cannot be on contract with a consulting firm, or have a paid staff of consultants.
- All new and renewing CHIME members that are contract CIOs (either employed by a consulting or vendor firm, or who are self-employed) are required to review and sign the CHIME CIO Code of Conduct.
- IS executives who are not corporate CIOs but who have regional or facility-level CIOs reporting directly to them OR
- Corporate Senior IT Executives. Applicants who do not meet criteria 1-3 above may also be qualified to join. If the corporate Senior IT Executives are assessed to have a sufficient level of authority in their organization (using a point-based criteria), they are entitled to full membership in CHIME.
Generally reports to CEO, COO, CFO or CIO of the delivery system.
Scope of Responsibility
- Has overall IS responsibility. Additional duties may include telecommunications, medical records, management engineering, innovation, analytics etc.
- Leads the IS strategy for the organization, as evidenced by reporting relationship and committee involvement.
- Has a significant IS organization, including multiple business/clinical applications and complex technical and analytical environments.