The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has renamed The Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications (AEHIA) to reflect a growing focus on health data analytics. The organization, now known as The Association for Executives in Healthcare Applications, Data & Analytics (AEHADA), aims to bring together healthcare applications and the data and analytics leaders under one organization to provide a more comprehensive view of the healthcare industry. This change reflects the increasing importance of data-driven insights in healthcare and will help AEHADA stay ahead of the curve in this era of data-driven healthcare.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has recently made the decision to rename The Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications (AEHIA) to reflect its growing emphasis on health data analytics. AEHIA, which was founded by CHIME in 2014 as the first professional organization dedicated to serving senior IT application leaders in healthcare, will now be known as The Association for Executives in Healthcare Applications, Data & Analytics (AEHADA). The name change reflects the increasing importance of data-driven insights in the healthcare industry.
In a press release, Russ Branzell, CHIME president and CEO, stated that the name change signifies a new era for AEHADA and the industry as a whole. He believes that the recent surge in data volume, industry consolidation, and evolving government requirements have created a “perfect storm” for analytics in healthcare. AEHADA’s expanded focus will enable the organization to continue leading the industry in this direction. By integrating data and analytics into the organization’s scope and pairing those with applications, AEHADA offers a wider breadth of critical expertise to help healthcare organizations navigate the complex landscape of digital health and drive meaningful change in the years ahead.
When AEHADA first entered the market almost ten years ago, the industry’s focus was on Meaningful Use and EHR implementation. However, as healthcare provider organizations increasingly turn to data analytics to derive actionable insights from application data, AEHADA aims to stay ahead of the curve. The organization’s new focus on uniting applications, data, and analytics is crucial in this era of data-driven healthcare.
According to David Finn, Vice President of AEHADA and the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Technology (AEHIT), unlocking valuable insights from data can drive informed decision-making and improve healthcare delivery. Finn, who also serves as VP of the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS), believes that AEHADA’s new focus will help the organization provide a more comprehensive health data analytics perspective.
AEHADA aims to bring healthcare applications and data and analytics leaders under one organization to provide a more comprehensive view of the healthcare industry. Stacey Johnston, MD, AEHADA board chair and chief applications officer at Baptist Health, believes that data is at the forefront of healthcare transformation. Johnston, who also serves as Baptist Health’s Epic program executive, has seen firsthand how data-driven decisions can improve the quality of care and create a better patient and caregiver experience through frictionless care models and integrated systems. She believes that the focus should be on harnessing data to make it meaningful, which is what the change in the name signifies.