Thank you for your interest in AEHIA, the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications. The online application process should take only a few minutes to complete.
Membership in AEHIA is in an individual’s name and is non-transferable and non-refundable. Dues will be charged upon acceptance into AEHIA – you will have an opportunity to pay via our online portal, by check, or over the phone.
- Free for CHIME and CHIME Affiliate members*
- $99 for AEHIA membership
- $199 for AEHIA membership adding AEHIS and/or AEHIT (qualification necessary)**
*As the highest-ranking IS/IT executives at a healthcare provider or payer, CHIME members are eligible for complimentary membership in AEHIS and its sister organizations, AEHIT and AEHIA. Membership in the affiliated associations will be concurrent with CHIME membership; should a member wish to retain an AEHIS, AEHIT or AEHIA membership but allow their CHIME membership to lapse.
**Applications leaders who also perform security or technology-specific functions for their organizations would qualify for inclusion in CHIME’s affiliated associations, AEHIS or AEHIT. If you are interested in becoming a member of multiple associations, please include relevant details pertaining to your job skills and scope in your membership application and we will continue to process your membership application without delay. If you have questions about necessary qualifications, please contact [email protected] for more information.
Membership in AEHIA is targeted for those principally in charge of healthcare IT applications at a payor or provider facility. While those who qualify will generally be the Chief Applications Officer (CAO), or the highest ranking executive responsible for IT applications, those in charge of applications 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.
- Health Services Delivery Organization(s)
- Hospital/Acute Care
- Medical Groups (e.g., PPOs, Group Practices)
- Long Term/Extended Care
- Home Health Care/Hospice/Long-term Care
- Public Health Care Agencies (providing direct care services)
- Healthcare Payer/Insurance Organizations
- Management Service Organizations & Other Healthcare IT Related Organizations
- Organizations related to healthcare IT but whose primary business does not include selling memberships, OR selling hardware, software or consulting services to healthcare CIOs or CAOs.
- 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.
- 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 CAO from such an organization would not be qualified.
- Highest ranking applications executive OR
- Regional, market area, or facility level applications executive
This person will normally be responsible for overall service delivery and budget
- Contract CAOs (either employed by a consulting or vendor firm, or are self-employed)
- If the application function of a health services delivery organization or a payer organization is outsourced, and there is no CAO employed by the organization itself, then that outsourced CAO (who may be an employee of a consulting or vendor firm, or self-employed) is eligible for membership. In this case, the outsourced CAO must be working full time as the CAO at the specified healthcare or payer organization.
- If the applicant or renewing member is self-employed (usually as a consultant) and actively looking for a permanent CAO role, he or she may continue with his or her membership for one year. To qualify as a self-employed CAO, the member cannot be on contract with a consulting firm, or have a paid staff of consultants OR
- Applications executives who are not corporate CAOs but who have regional or facility-level CAOs reporting directly to them OR
- CHIME members in good standing OR
- 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 membership in AEHIA.
Generally reports to CEO, COO, CFO or CIO of the delivery system.
Scope of Responsibility
- Has overall applications responsibility. Additional duties may include telecommunications, medical records, management engineering, etc.
- Leads the applications strategy for the organization, as evidenced by reporting relationship and committee involvement.
- Has a significant applications organization, including multiple business/clinical applications and complex technical environments.