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CHIEF expands, hits membership milestone

TORONTO – Just one year after its launch, CHIEF: Canada’s Health Informatics Executive Forum is celebrating the milestone of reaching membership of 50 CIOs and senior executives. The organization develops leadership skills, offers a service program, institute and membership program.

“Due to the unprecedented response to membership and the sheer number of applications received in our first year, CHIEF has instituted a `by invitation-only’ process for our second year,” commented Heather Jones (pictured), Executive Director, CHIEF. “This is to ensure our Forum maintains its quality, collegiality and top executive focus.”

Membership in CHIEF includes CIOs, CEOs of eHealth agencies and Assistant Deputy Ministers (ADM) of health ministries from jurisdictions across Canada. Plans are already under way to evolve CHIEF services as a response to the broadening executive member base.

“This past year was particularly challenging for health informatics executives as they dealt with financial constraints, tremendous scrutiny related to provincial auditors’ reports and more,” said Linda Miller, Chair, CHIEF Advisory Committee.

“CHIEF has filled a longstanding need for these leaders by bringing them together with their peers to focus on issues that are unique to their world,” said Miller. “Whether it’s delving into the anatomy of a federal audit or sharing best practices on risk management, CHIEF provides access to thought leaders, expert-level knowledge and other important resources to support the members.”

CHIEF’s 3rd semi-annual members-only symposium will take place at the e-Health 2010: From Investment to Impact conference on May 30th. As a highlight, CHIEF will present health informatics visionary Grad Conn, Senior Director of Microsoft Research Health Solutions Group, who will provide varying perspectives from Clinical, Management and IT standpoints.

CHIEF Institute members are:

• Borden Ladner Gervais
• Research In Motion
• TELUS Health Solutions
• Cerner
• Wairever, Inc.
• Nightingale Informatix
• C&D Strategic Consulting

CHIEF welcomes 10 Institute members each year. A few spaces remain for 2010/2011 for innovative health informatics solution providers who wish to expand their business development horizons among Canada’s foremost CIOs, CEOs and ADMs.

CHIEF provides an effective access channel to thought leaders and expert-level knowledge, both nationally and internationally, facilitating career advancement of Canadian Health Informatics Leaders. CHIEF’s mission is to address critical business issues, build leadership capacity, forge relationships, enable peer dialogue, support succession and maximize professional development time for health informatics executive members in Canada.

Posted May 20, 2010