As information technology becomes ever more central to healthcare, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced Thursday that it will create a new leadership role to help guide the organization’s future growth.
“Based on the unprecedented need for HIT in supporting the transformation of healthcare delivery and payment reform, the current CHIME Board of Directors is pursuing the addition of a new CIO leadership role,” said Drex DeFord, chair of CHIME’s board of trustees. This new position will be named President and Chief Executive Officer for CHIME, the CHIME Foundation and the CHIME Education Foundation.
The new president and CEO will be an experienced healthcare chief information officer (CIO) with a mission to help CHIME improve its organizational strength and bolster its policy leadership, officials say.
He or she will serve as an "ambassador," they add, by speaking, writing and attending major functions to continually elevate CHIME’s national position as a health industry association that leads the national transformation for HIT.
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This position will provide strategic leadership for the CHIME organization and will work in concert with Rich Correll – who will be relinquishing his role as president and CEO, to serve as the organization's chief operating officer – and the CHIME Board of Trustees to ensure consistency and focus as board members change.
“The board worked with me in this decision, which I wholeheartedly supported," said Correll. "With the tremendous attention now on HIT, it is certain to be timely and beneficial for CHIME to add an experienced CIO to serve in the role of CHIME’s ambassador to the healthcare industry."
He adds that, as CHIME has grown in size, "The operational management function has also grown, and I will be pleased to focus my attention in that area and to work with our staff in harnessing operations in support of the direction taken by the new CEO and the Board."
“Rich has been critically important in providing the vision and growth for the CHIME organization over the past 20 years, and he will continue to provide leadership to the CHIME staff and the organization as CHIME’s chief operating officer,” said DeFord.
The CHIME Board will begin a national search immediately, officials say, with the goal of introducing the new President and CEO during the CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum in March.