ANN ARBOR, MI, June 9, 2014 -The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) have expanded their relationship through the formation of a strategic alliance. The alliance is intended to benefit both organizations and their respective members in the advancement of healthcare information technology adoption and transformation.
Under the terms of the alliance, CHIME will provide operational support to AMDIS, primarily in the areas of education and public policy. This includes representing AMDIS on public policy matters and developing an education support plan.
AMDIS will serve as the primary physician informatics advisor to and for CHIME, while CHIME will also serve as the primary health IT advisor to and for AMDIS.
"CHIME strongly believes that the formation of closely aligned partnerships can enable true IT transformation and progress in healthcare," said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO. "This alliance demonstrates the commitment of both organizations to support the industry's leading IT professionals and their pivotal role in the delivery of healthcare."
The two organizations will remain separate entities, legally and financially, while continuing to seek ways to collaborate more efficiently. Most recently, the organizations introduced the CHIME/AMDIS CMIO Boot Camp, an education program providing professional development support to clinicians embarking on chief medical information officer or chief information officer roles.
"Both organizations have a shared understanding of the unprecedented need for health IT in supporting the transformation of care delivery," said AMDIS CEO Richard L. Rydell, FACHE, LFHIMSS. "Our enhanced relationship will enable meaningful collaboration and accelerate HIT benefits realization."
"Like CHIME, AMDIS and its physician members are committed to improving the safety, quality and efficiency of patient care, and by combining our efforts, we can significantly further our position in the industry and meet the challenges ahead," said CHIME Board Chair Randy McCleese, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO.
AMDIS Board Chairman William F. Bria, MD, said, "It has never been more important for all those who understand information instruments and patient care to come together to achieve the transformation of American medicine. Our goal is nothing less than to demonstrably improve the care of our fellow man."
The strategic alliance was approved by leaders of both the AMDIS Advisory Board and the CHIME Board of Trustees. The two organizations will meet tri-annually toreview goals and develop future objectives.
Founded in 1997, the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems is the premier professional organization for physicians interested in and responsible for healthcare information technology. AMDIS has more than 2,800 physician members worldwide, 250 associate members and 40 provider organization members. AMDIS members are the thought leaders, decision makers and opinion influencers dedicated to advancing the field of Applied Medical Informatics and thereby improving the practice of medicine. For more information, visit www.AMDIS.org.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and more than 100 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org
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