CHIME Certification Gives HIT Leaders a Boost

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media , July 17, 2012

With such breakthroughs and developments leaping from every corner, the challenge is to keep your organization's information technology governance and expertise in tip-top condition. How does a healthcare organization keep up?

One place you could turn is to the world's only program for certifying healthcare CIOs, the Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) Program.

First offered three years ago for healthcare CIOs, and developed by healthcare CIOs at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), CHCIO is starting to show up in postings for healthcare CIO positions.

CHIME offers the exam to achieve CHCIO status three times a year at its own events, and is looking at offering it at various test centers around the United States, says Gary Barnes, chief information officer at Medical Center Health System.

I interviewed Barnes recently for my HealthLeaders magazine article on ICD-10, in the July issue. He was one of three CIOs who spoke with me by phone last week about the CHCIO program.

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