The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives now offers a certification program explicitly for healthcare chief information officers.
CHIME promises that obtaining the new credential won't be easy. “But it's important that we keep the bar high so this credential represents the best of the best,” said Tim Stettheimer, chairman of CHIME's certification committee, in a news release. Stettheimer is senior vice president and regional chief information officer of St. Vincent's Health System, Birmingham, Ala., an Ascension Health subsidiary, and regional CIO for Ascension Health Information Services. “We've developed a tough but fair program, and I look forward to seeing CHIME members rise to the challenge,” he said.
Over the past year, the organization came up with a list of 13 core tasks performed by healthcare CIOs in order to develop questions for the Certified Healthcare CIO, or CHCIO, Examination. The first test session will be Oct. 27 in Indian Wells, Calif., in conjunction with the CHIME09 Fall CIO Forum. In addition to passing the test, applicants must have at least three years of experience as a healthcare CIO, participate in continuing education and remain CHIME members.