AHIMA, CHIME to pool resources

'By working as strategic partners on these types of issues, we can make more progress than we would individually.'

Setting their sights on information governance and standards, the American Health Information Management Association and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives announced Monday that the two groups will work together to drive IT and health information management improvements.

"AHIMA and CHIME both believe that the effective use of health information leads to better healthcare and outcomes for patients," said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, in a press statement. "By working as strategic partners on these types of issues, we can make more progress than we would individually."

Aspects of the partnership include joint research on health IT and HIM topics, officials say. Planned focuses for the rest of 2013 include information governance for healthcare, ICD-10 readiness and implementation and HIM and IT priorities for rural and critical access hospitals.

Other presentations will focus on patient identity management and information governance for healthcare at the CHIME13 Fall CIO Forum, officials say. As the two groups team to advocated together on health IT and HIM issues, they'll offer reciprocal invitations for annual conferences, forums and summits

"CHIME is excited to work in partnership with AHIMA as we focus our combined expertise, resources, reach and influence to further our collective goals and support our members," said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell in a statement. "This partnership underscores our commitment to drive the effective use of health information technology for improved safety, quality, and efficiency of care delivery and reflects our desire to collaborate with organizations that share a similar vision."

[See also: AHIMA calls for improved health IT governance]