AEHIT Members Invited to the CHIME Advocacy Summit

By: Chris Cook, VP of AEHIS, AEHIT and AEHIA, with a forward by Clint Perkinson, AEHIT Board Vice Chair


Clint Perkinson, IT Director, Beebe Healthcare


As Vice Chair of the AEHIT Board and Chair of the AEHIT Public Policy Committee, I would like to personally introduce and invite you to a forum that is geared to partnering with our member and Foundation colleagues as well as legislative leaders to evaluate public policy opportunities and bring awareness to barriers impacting the effective and efficient care of our patients. Our goal is to help remove these barriers through CHIME and AEHIT’s positive legislative engagement.

One of the reasons I saw value in the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Technology (AEHIT) was the potential to collaborate with my peers on technology solutions and challenges.  Although we are competitors organizationally we are all in it to improve the safety and quality of care of our patients. Expanding that ability on the national level is where AEHIT comes in to play and where we feel our membership can get considerable value.

Clint Perkinson


As a major member benefit, AEHIT offers members the opportunity to get involved in policy issues at the federal level through our public policy team. This year we are extending that benefit to include an educational program in Washington, D.C., that will give you an even greater voice on Capitol Hill.

The CHIME Advocacy Summit will feature thought leaders from across the CHIME family of associations, and will be open to all association members and our Foundation firm members, with no restrictions on the number of attendees. It will take place on Oct. 3-5 in Washington, D.C., with an agenda that reflects members’ policy priorities: cybersecurity, interoperability, telemedicine and opioid issues. Enjoy a sneak peek of our agenda below!

CHIME Advocacy Summit Agenda

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.       Registration opens
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.         Welcoming Remarks
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.         Keynotes
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.         Reception

Thursday, October 4, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.          Opening Remarks
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.          To Care and Protect: Balancing Patient Access with Cyber Safety
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.          Federal Agency Keynote – The Future of Medicine Program and the Role of Technology
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.        Break
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.      An Update from ONC: Implementing the Provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.      CMS Listening Session – Life After Meaningful Use: The Future of Promoting Interoperability and Advancing Care Information
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.        Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.          Cybersecurity Policy Fireside Chat
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.          Press Panel: Health IT Journalists Discuss Policy Trends
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.          Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.          Combating the Nation’s Opioid Crisis
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.          Break
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.          All-Star Congressional Staff Panel
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.          Policy Power Hour Plus – Networking with Your Peers

Friday, October 5, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.           Breakfast – KLAS Report Reveal
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.           Connected Care: Reaching Underserved Populations
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.         Medical Devices: Future of Medical Device Oversight
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.       Closing Comments
10:45 a.m.                             Adjourn

For these sessions, we will bring in top government officials and include sessions that highlight the expertise of our members as well as CHIME members. The sessions are designed to give participants the knowledge and tools to make a difference at the local, state and federal levels of government.

This is a new initiative for CHIME, our associations and our Foundation partners. The conference will retain the high-quality educational sessions and networking opportunities that are the hallmark of CHIME’s forums and our annual summit. But we also want to share the deep knowledge and keen insights of our members with a wide audience, which is why we are making the CHIME Advocacy Summit open to nonmembers as well. Or if you can’t attend, you can send a designee from your health organization.

The summit will be held in the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, which is three blocks from Union Station, only five miles from Reagan Airport and a short walk to Congressional and Senate buildings if you want to schedule Hill visits after the conference adjourns. We have reserved a block of hotel rooms there; you can register here.

Click here to register for the CHIME Advocacy Summit!

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