The requests for technology and the the breadth of techology solutions in healthcare are expanding exponentially. Requests for new technology will always exceed the organization's available resources to purchase and implement. A successful IT governance process ensures investment decisions will be made in a way that best meets the organization's needs and that the echnology selected will bring the greatest value to patients. This six-week course will present the steps for creating an effective and engaging process for making information technology decisions in a healthcare setting. Learners will participate in individual and group study through weekly reading assignments, online study sessions, interaction in conversations with other students and weekly live sessions to discuss learnings and ask questions. Together the group will review the reasons for setting up governance, how to select governance committee members and develop a charter, ways to define evaluation criteria for decision making, how to prepare an investment business case, how to approve and prioritize investments and how to achieve value from the technology once it is implemented. Through real-world examples and experiences the group will discuss what makes healthcare IT governance different and how various types and sizes of healthcare organizations can create an IT governance approach that works for them. Learners will have the opportunity to explore these different aspects of governance with other members of the class. They will also identify how to apply the practices to improve existing IT governance or to set up a new governance process for their organization.

Adrienne Edens

This course will be led by Adrienne Edens, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO. Adrienne is an Executive Programs Advisor and faculty member for CHIME. Her career in healthcare information systems extends over 40 years including experience in HIT consulting and 25 years as a CIO. In her role at CHIME Adrienne puts her years of HIT executive experience into practice, designing education programs specifically for healthcare leaders. She is passionate about the importance of being a learning leader and supports CHIME’s vision to create education that contributes to our members achieving CHIME’s vision: “Exceptional Leaders Transforming Health and Care”. She has many years of experience as a speaker and trainer in numerous programs in the US and internationally. Adrienne has been serving as a faculty member for both the CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp and the CMIO Leadership Academy for more than 10 years and as a Program Director for CHIME’s CISO Boot Camp.

During her 40 year career in HIT, Adrienne served as a CIO for four Integrated Delivery Networks over 25 years. As the Vice President and CIO for the Valley Area of Sutter Health in California Adrienne led the consolidation of the IS organizations of 2 previous regions into an integrated operational unit supporting 10 hospitals and 2000 physicians. She developed the regional implementation plan for Sutter’s East Bay Region EHR as part of the larger Sutter Health enterprise EHR program. As the CIO for St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho, she engaged the organization in developing a physician led strategy for the electronic medical record to consolidate 14 EHRs into one. This approach provided the means to integrate a widely distributed system of hospitals, physician offices, clinics and rural critical access hospitals. While at St. Luke’s she served as a member of the board of the state wide HIE, the Idaho Health Data Exchange. As the Information Officer for National Health Plan systems for Kaiser Permanente she led the programs to achieve compliance with Medicare Part D for the Kaiser regions nationally and to develop and implement the first deductible plan capabilities for the California regions. As Regional CIO for the Sacramento Region and Information Officer, Northern California, for Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West and now part of CommonSpirit Health), Adrienne managed the process of integrating systems for hospitals joining the region and participated in developing shared services programs at the system level. Throughout her career she has developed and implemented IT strategic plans, governance processes, organizational turn-arounds, process improvement projects and shared systems design and implementation for multiple Integrated delivery network regions, hospitals and physician practices. Prior to these positions she worked in consulting firms where she led strategic HIT planning engagements, restructures and reorganizations, shared service programs, consolidations, mergers and acquisitions, vendor selections, contract negotiations and application implementation projects for healthcare financial and clinical systems. Her background includes significant experience in clinical systems development, integration and implementation. Adrienne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of California at Davis and a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She is a charter member and past Board member of CHIME and a past Board member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and HIMSS Analytics. She served as a member of the Award Selection Committee for the first annual HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards for 2 years. Adrienne is a Rona Certified Lean Workshop Leader and was included in Becker’s 100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know in 2016 and Health Data Management’s Most Powerful Women in Health IT in 2016. She currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Board for the Carol Emmott Fellowship, participating as a contributor to gender equity initiatives and as a mentor to the fellows.

This course includes readings from two healthcare industry textbooks, on-line study sessions and quizzes, exercises using current healthcare organization examples, study partner assignments with another member of the class to discuss one weekly discussion question and weekly one hour live discussion sessions with the entire group to share ideas, discuss issues and answer questions.

In order to get the most value from this course, learners are expected to participate in and contribute to each week’s activities and homework assignments, as instructed in the modules.

Learners will be expected to do the assigned work each week, to participate in a call of no more than 30 minutes each week with their sudy partner and to attend and contribute to the live sessions.

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In order to obtain a Certificate of Completion, learners must obtain these 3 badges:

  1. Engage with Instructor Badge 
    • Requirements are based on live session attendance.  
    • Learner must attend 5 out of 6 live sessions to achieve this badge.
  2. Engage with Peers Badge 
    • Participate in 6 of the 6 Discussion Threads by contributing: 
      • One Major Post 
        • Creating and posting your own thread in that Module’s Discussion Forum
      • One Minor Post 
        • One reply to a classmates’ thread
  3. Engage with Content Badge 
    • Complete 6 (1 per module) Knowledge Check Assessments. 
    • NOTE: The 6 knowledge checks are based on Module Content
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