CHIME provides new certification program for industry executives

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is launching a new certification program that seeks to appreciate the expertise of executives who work for companies that give products or services to the healthcare industry.

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based professional organization has initiated the CHIME Foundation Certified Healthcare Executive program (CFCHE) for information technology experts who are not CIOs, but are at a senior level and have other achievements in the HIT industry.

Experts who may seek the new designation may be consultants, implementers, sales representatives or in other roles, claims Keith Fraidenburg, executive vice president and COO at CHIME.

CHIME considers the new designation will facilitate interactions within the healthcare IT industry, he states. For instance, when a CIO or other technology professional discusses technology with a person with a CFCHE designation, the CIO will know the other person has passed a tough exam and has studied the challenges confronting CIOs, other healthcare leaders and payers, along with other IT experts outside a healthcare organization, Fraidenburg says.

CHIME has experience developing professional designations for the healthcare IT industry. In the year of 2009 it started a new certification program for IT executives called the Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) program. Currently, more than 350 CHIME members have studied for and acquired the CHCIO title. Becoming a CHCIO is a demonstration of knowledge, skill and competency earned over various years and is the CIO equivalent of being a “black belt,” Fraidenburg asserts.

For CHIME’s newest program, after an individual has registered to participate in the CFCHE certification program, a candidate will get an extensive list of reading materials, and will take a sample exam that is not like the real exam but written in the similar way as the CIO exam to ascertain where the candidate did well and where he or she requires improving.


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