The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based organization of CIOs in healthcare, has signed an agreement this week to provide management services for the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS), a group for physicians interested in health information technology.
Under the terms of the agreement, CHIME will provide operational, administrative, and staff support to AMDIS in the areas of educational programming, event management, public policy, marketing/communications, and industry relations. CMIO and senior informatics executive members of AMDIS will have access to CHIME affiliate-level membership and professional development opportunities. AMDIS’ Chairman William F. Bria, M.D. will be the Vice President of Medical Informatics and Patient Safety. He will serve as liaison between both organizations and assist in providing strategic direction to AMDIS.
“We have tremendous admiration for AMDIS and its members, and view this as a way to bring the industry’s physician IT leaders the added support to thrive in this momentous era of transformation,” Russell P. Branzell, CEO and President of CHIME, said in a statement. “Physician leadership is a critical success factor for health information technology initiatives, and both boards are dedicated to providing the resources to help them facilitate collaboration between IT and the medical community and achieve the clinical objectives of their organizations.”
CHIME and AMDIS will remain separate non-profit organizations, while continuing to work collaboratively.