Two healthcare IT advocacy organizations, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS), are forming a strategic alliance.
The nonprofit advocacy groups announced that CHIME will provide operational support to AMDIS, primarily in the areas of education and public policy. It will also be the primary health IT advisor to AMDIS. In return, AMDIS will provide serve as the primary physician informatics advisor to and for CHIME. Both groups will remain separate entities.
"CHIME strongly believes that the formation of closely aligned partnerships can enable true IT transformation and progress in healthcare," CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, said in a statement. "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 groups plan to meet tri-annually to review goals and develop future objectives.
Grand Prairie, Texas-based Rainbow Children's Clinic was the victim of a ransomware attack on its IT systems in August, affecting more than 33,000 patients, according to multiple news media reports this week.