As expected, outgoing CHIME board Chairman George Hickman made an appearance at the opening keynote session of the College of Health Information Management Executives' 2013 Fall CIO Forum Wednesday.
Unexpectedly, he came out singing. Surprisingly, he sang beautifully.
Hickman, the CIO at Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center, belted out a few bars of “Who Am I?” the solo by the character Jean Valjean from musical “Les Miserables.” Hickman did it while standing in the wings, his silhouette projected on a giant screen at center stage.
Hickman said afterward he studied voice as a young man and sings in churches on occasion.
His audience was the largest CHIME crowd in the organization's 21-year history. Registration for the annual meeting this year was a record 750 attendees, according to Russell Branzell, president and CEO of the professional organization for CIOs and other health information technology professionals.