BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT opens CHIME International UK Chapter

The BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has officially opened the CHIME International UK Chapter.

It means that BCS member will have access to online resources and the CHIME Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) qualification programme.

Members will be able to study for and take the CHIME Healthcare CIO examination joining an international cadre of healthcare IT leaders. BCS members will also be able to attend educational and networking opportunities at key events in the health and care calendar in countries where CHIME has existing chapters.

It follows the signing of a landmark agreement between BCS and US based CHIME in September.

BCS Managing Director Lucy Ireland said “BCS has been at the cutting edge of health and care in recent years and has around 2,000 BCS members in this sector.  The launching of the CHIME International Chapter in the UK is an exciting opportunity to expand our support for the leaders of tomorrow.”

“Now that the CHCIO site for BCS members is live, we are really looking forward to welcoming the many senior staff who will sign up for this qualification, enabling them to showcase their skills and professionalism in healthcare.”

Jane Dwelly, Executive Director International CHIME said “We are thrilled to bring the benefits of CHIME membership to leaders working in health and care IT. By joining this international family of professionals, BCS members will be supported with high quality resources and a network of peers as they use health IT to improve patient care.”

CHIME now has nine international chapters. This year CHIME established chapters in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Switzerland after launching a chapter in India in 2017. CHIME is a membership-based organisation serving more than 2,900 chief information officers and senior healthcare executives in 56 countries.

Russell Branzell, CHIME’s President and CEO “CHIME is committed to serve membership organisations like BCS to bring professional training and accreditation to leaders working in health and care IT. Now, more than ever before, these individuals are taking on responsibility for data, enterprise IT systems and population health analytics and we stand ready to support them grow into exceptional leaders, because we truly believe health IT has the power to transform patient care.”