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Leading healthcare IT organisations partner to expand global impact

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The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) have announced a pivotal agreement to collaborate on programmes outside of North America. 

Through HIMSS-CHIME International, the two most visible and successful health IT non-profit organisations will work collaboratively and strategically to transform healthcare through IT across the globe. 

HIMSS-CHIME International will offer exclusive HIT executive boot camps, leadership academies, certifications and events outside North America – including the UK.  Professional credentials will include the CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) and the HIMSS Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS). The new partnership reflects a growing recognition that health IT leaders are seeking opportunities to grow their careers, and are eager to share best practices as they strive to improve patient care around the world.

Since 2006, HIMSS has extended its global reach through the growth of its membership, events, media and analytics through the establishment of offices in the UK, Germany and Singapore.  The collaboration announced today leverages the full global infrastructure established by HIMSS to support an enhanced offering of HIT executive content through over 30 major physical events, membership communities and digital content distribution channels.

“The establishment of HIMSS-CHIME International demonstrates an absolute commitment by both organisations to engage health IT professionals on an unparalleled scale,” said H. Stephen Lieber, President and CEO of HIMSS. “CHIME’s healthcare executive content perfectly complements the events, communities, analytics and content offerings of HIMSS.”

Russell Branzell, President and CEO of CHIME added: “The establishment of HIMSS-CHIME International stems from our already successful Healthcare CIO Boot Camps and Executive Leadership Academies that we partnered with HIMSS to produce, beginning in 2015.  We look forward to reaching a significantly larger audience by working jointly with HIMSS and our international volunteer ambassadors.”

HIMSS-CHIME International will be formally announced in the UK at the Executive Leadership Summit at BMA House in London on 16 March. 

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About HIMSS

HIMSS is a global voice, advisor, convener, and thought leader of health transformation through the best use of IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of health and healthcare. Through its network of over 1 million professionals, including 64,000-plus members, HIMSS advises leaders, stakeholders and influencers globally on IT best practices to ensure decision-makers have the right information at the right time to make the right decisions.  HIMSS North America, HIMSS Analytics, Personal Connected Health Alliance, HIMSS Media and HIMSS International (HIMSS Europe, HIMSS Asia and HIMSS Middle East) are the five business units of HIMSS.  A not-for-profit headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, HIMSS has additional offices in North America, Europe, United Kingdom, and Asia.

About CHIME

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 2,300 CIO members and over 150 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 chimecentral.org.