Chief Information Officer Achieves Professional Certification
Ralph Johnson is the first health system CIO in Maine to earn the designation
March 26, 2012
Ralph Johnson, CHCIO
Ralph Johnson, chief information officer (CIO) at Franklin Community Health Network (FCHN), has achieved professional certification from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). He is the first health system CIO in Maine to earn the designation.
A Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development for healthcare CIOs. By definition, a CHCIO demonstrates the commitment, knowledge, and experience required to master the core skills important for successful CIOs. The certification program launched by CHIME is the only credentialing program that distinguishes healthcare IT executives from others in the industry.
To become certified, Johnson passed a rigorous 125-question examination and met specific professional qualifications, including 25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and at least three years of experience as a CIO. CHCIOs must also be committed to recertification every three years.
“We congratulate Ralph for his commitment toward achieving this credential, the standard that organizations will now use when determining who leads healthcare IT departments,” said Rebecca Ryder, FCHN president/CEO. “IT is constantly changing and bringing important new tools to our efforts to improve safety and quality of care in hospitals, and to better coordinate care across settings.”
Johnson has worked at Franklin Community Health Network since 2006. During his tenure, IT has been a priority at FCHN. In the last year alone, all Franklin Health medical practices and the hospital emergency department converted from paper medical records to electronic medical records that provide instant and complete patient information to consulting health care providers, improving patient care.
In July, Franklin Memorial Hospital was named among the nation’s most wired hospitals according to the results of the 2011 Most Wired Survey Benchmarking Study released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks. “Most Wired” hospitals show better outcomes in patient satisfaction, risk-adjusted mortality rates, and other key quality measures through the use of information technology.
“Well wired hospitals help illustrate IT in action—improving efficiency, quality, and safety of care while helping to control costs,” added Ryder.
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