A Tribute to Outgoing Board Member David Finn

By Marc Probst, CHCIO, CIO, Intermountain Healthcare

At the end of this year, David Finn will step down from his role as a CHIME Foundation Board member. David’s contributions to the board have been invaluable, and his vision and leadership will continue to influence CHIME’s mission well beyond his tenure as a board member.

David Finn, Health Information Technology Officer, CynergisTek Inc.

David Finn, Health Information Technology Officer, CynergisTek Inc.

Let’s start with his area of expertise: security. David recently became the first executive vice president of strategic innovation at CynergisTek, a healthcare cybersecurity and information management company. His three decades-long career includes the position of health information technology officer at Symantec Corporation and vice president and CIO at Texas Children’s Hospital. He was one of two CHIME members to serve on the federal Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, which released recommendations for improving healthcare cybersecurity in July.  

I credit David’s foresight for CHIME’s current focus on cybersecurity. David pushed the board, as the body that determines CHIME’s strategic direction, to look beyond what we traditionally pursued and make cybersecurity a priority. He was a driving force behind the creation of the Association of Executives in Healthcare Information Security, or AEHIS, which CHIME launched in 2014. He emphasized the importance of having an educational and networking association to keep chief information security officers well informed and engaged. AEHIS now has more than 700 members.

Today, CIOs and CISOs in CHIME and AEHIS have access to resources that can help them better protect patient information and prevent or mitigate cyberattacks. That alone is quite a legacy.

David also has made me a better board member. He taught me how to listen and to evaluate information to reach sound strategic decisions. He is not a person who talks a lot but he gets a lot done. Cybersecurity and AEHIS are just a few examples of that.

The CHIME Board and CHIME have benefitted greatly from David’s participation as a board member. We are smarter, more confident and more competent because of him. It has been a privilege to work with him. Please join me in giving David a heartfelt “thank you” for his commitment to our industry, for his integrity and for his generosity throughout the years.

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