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CHIME Relaunches StateNet Website to Support State-Level Communications for CIOs

October 26, 2011

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is pleased to announce the unveiling of a new online engagement platform meant to facilitate information sharing among state health IT stakeholders.

The new platform – http://ciostatenet.org – is part of a broader relaunch for CHIME’s CIO State Network (StateNet) to enhance communication among CIOs and other stakeholders on matters related to the HITECH Act, as well as on other state health IT activity. The new web-based platform is designed
to enable cross-state communications and provide an environment of actionable resources to address important health IT issues.

CHIME StateNet was established to ensure that healthcare CIOs were intimately involved with HITECH implementation inside their states. A 50-state (and the District of Columbia) network of health IT stakeholders sought to foster statewide coalitions charged with advancing and standardizing the adoption of
health information technology and health information exchange.

To help facilitate these efforts, CHIME members serve as StateNet CIO Coordinators, who are conduits in every state, charged with gathering and communicating relevant health IT developments, while sharing best practices both within and across states to encourage information distribution among
stakeholders.

As part of its work during this first iteration, CHIME StateNet published “Guiding Principles” for more health information exchange (HIE) and better
utilized regional extension centers (RECs). Several states have also teamed with local Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) chapters to
coordinator state advocacy days to inform public officials on the benefits of health IT.

Since that time, the national health IT landscape has broadened with current horizons focused on a host of issues, including:

  • Proposed rules for meaningful use stage 2;
  • Expansion and refinement of HIE operations;
  • Rollout of REC service utilization for stage 1 meaningful use;
  • Development of HIT and HIM workforce capacity; and
  • Preparation for broader healthcare quality initiatives, introduced through healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act.

To help CIO Coordinators navigate this fast-changing landscape, CHIME launched a new online engagement platform during its annual Fall CIO Forum this week in San Antonio.

“CIOs need to have a seat at the table, and increasingly, providers’ agendas are being set according to what happens at the state level,” said Russ Branzell,
StateNet Chair, CIO and vice president at Poudre Valley Health System, Fort Collins, Colo. “Although many CIOs are engaged with a regional or statewide
HIE, a vast majority of others are not involved at a policy level. This new platform will help CIOs engage stakeholders in government, academia and the
private sector to address the enormous challenges facing providers in every state across the country.”

The platform for StateNet members will facilitate information sharing among state health IT stakeholders; enable cross-state communications where
regional or national collaboration is needed; and provide an environment of resources to address important health IT issues.

CHIME will utilize familiar social networking tools and employ social media to help stakeholders collaborate. In addition to the StateNet-wide functions, such as the StateWatch Blog and the StateNet Discussion Forum, each member of CHIME StateNet will be able to join their State Group. These State Groups will have their own discussion forums that will enable members of that state to communicate via email and through a web-based forum. State pages also have the
ability to create an unlimited number of pages that are html-enabled, can imbed video or sound files, and third-party widgets.

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