AEHIT Individual Membership

AEHIT membership is open to CTOs and senior technology leaders at healthcare related organizations. To facilitate collaboration and the development of stronger healthcare IT technology leaders, AEHIT members are encouraged to refer other healthcare technology executives as well.


Membership Criteria

Membership in AEHIT is targeted for those principally in charge of healthcare information technology at a payor or provider facility. While those who qualify will generally be the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) or the highest ranking executive responsible for information technology, those in charge of technology for major divisions and/or regions of large corporate or integrated delivery systems will also be considered for membership.

The healthcare community will include delivery systems, payer/insurance organizations, and other healthcare-related organizations. Because of the rapidly changing healthcare landscape, these criteria serve as primary guidelines, which may evolve as industry and IS strategies change.

Employment Criteria

  1. Health Services Delivery Organization(s)
    1. Hospital/Acute Care
    2. Medical Groups (e.g., PPOs, Group Practices)
    3. Long Term/Extended Care
    4. Home Health Care/Hospice/Long-term Care
    5. Public Health Care Agencies (providing direct care services)
  2. Healthcare Payer/Insurance Organizations
    1. Insurance
    2. HMO
  3. Management Service Organizations & Other Healthcare IT Related Organizations
    1. Organizations related to healthcare IT but whose primary business does not include selling memberships, OR selling hardware, software or consulting services to healthcare CIOs.
    2. Qualified organizations normally provide or are otherwise linked to direct patient care. Such organizations may include: radiology groups, disease management companies, RHIOs, state or federal government agencies and state hospital associations.
    3. If an organization has multiple business units, 50%+ of the organization’s primary business must meet the above noted membership criteria. For example, if 25% of an organization is dedicated to physician staffing but the remaining 75% of an organization is dedicated to IT consulting, the CTO from such an organization would not be qualified.


Job Responsibilities

  1. Highest ranking technology executive OR
  2. Regional, market area, or facility level technology executive
    This person will normally be responsible for overall service delivery and budget
    accountability OR
  3. Contract CTOs (either employed by a consulting or vendor firm, or are self-employed)
    1. If the IS function of a health services delivery organization or a payer organization is outsourced, and there is no CTO employed by the organization itself, then that outsourced CTO (who may be an employee of a consulting or vendor firm, or self-employed) is eligible for membership. In this case, the outsourced CTO must be working full time as the CTO at the specified healthcare or payer organization.
    2. If the applicant or renewing member is self-employed (usually as a consultant) and actively looking for a permanent CTO role, he or she may continue with his or her membership for one year. To qualify as a self-employed CTO, the member cannot be on contract with a consulting firm or have a paid staff of consultants OR
  4. IS executives who are not corporate CTOs but who have regional or facility-level CTOs reporting directly to them OR
  5. CHIME Members in good standing OR
  6. Corporate Senior IT Executives. CHIME Applicants who do not meet criteria 1-3 above may also be qualified to join. If the corporate Senior IT Executives are assessed to have a sufficient level of authority in their organization (using a point-based criteria), they are entitled to full membership in AEHIT.
Reporting Relationship

Generally, reports to CEO, COO, CFO or CIO of the delivery system.


Scope of Responsibility

  1. Has overall technology responsibility. Additional duties may include telecommunications, medical records, management engineering, etc.
  2. Leads the technology strategy for the organization, as evidenced by reporting relationship and committee involvement.
  3. Has a significant technology organization, including multiple business/clinical applications and complex technical environments.