CIOs Rank Most Overhyped IT Innovations

When it comes to emerging technologies, not every innovation will make their mark on healthcare in the long run. For instance, CIO members of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives ranked blockchain technology as the most “overhyped” IT trend in a recent CHIME study, Healthcare IT News reports. Although blockchain technology aims to improve data integrity and advance data security, 48.2 percent of CIOs fail to see its transformative potential. Other “overhyped” trends, according to the survey, include:

  • Cloud computing (23.2 percent)
  • Machine learning (7.1 percent)
  • Natural language processing (7.1 percent)

Instead, many healthcare organizations are focusing on trends that can make a tangible, positive impact. According to 50 percent of the CIOs surveyed, these promising innovations include Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and application programming interfaces. Additionally, 14 percent of CIOs said their organization has launched a dedicated IT innovation center and 25 percent said their health system has formed a partnership focused on innovation with a healthcare IT startup.

—Adapted from “FHIR transformative, blockchain overhyped, CIOs say,” by Mike Miliard, Healthcare IT News, Jan. 19, 2018.


6 Key Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2018

At the start of 2018, the healthcare industry is on the cusp of more significant change, according to a recent Health Affairs Blog post. Highlighted below are six trends to be on the lookout for.

Insurance Market Stability, With Some Exceptions

The healthcare reform strategy of Republicans going forward will likely be to focus on the states, granting them waivers to experiment with insurance programs and expand Medicaid coverage. That said, healthcare leaders are viewing 2018 as a year of greater insurance market stability. On the other hand, bad debt continues to climb, which means some healthcare leaders still face major financial threats.

Renewed Focus on Value-Based Care

CMS will likely continue to ramp up the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 that incents clinicians to take risks with alternative payment models. Private sector actions also appear to be expanding and accelerating the value-based payment movement, disrupting the status quo.

Continued Rise of Consumerism

To ultimately succeed, health leaders realize that they need to, above all else, excel at attracting and engaging patients, families, caregivers, and consumers. More and more, providers will work with patients, families and caregivers to develop approaches to more actively manage their health and healthcare.

Embracing Standardization and Waste Reduction

Healthcare leaders have a larger and more urgent financial imperative to identify and isolate wasteful practices, cost outliers and the root causes for inefficiencies. These efforts will rely heavily on having accurate and actionable data and analytics.

Increased Drug Market Competition

Congress and the FDA will continue to explore new initiatives designed to unleash more competition that can moderate drug price trends. Efforts could include developing more generics where competition is lacking, streamlining the generic drug approval process, eliminating loopholes that prevent the introduction of competitor drugs and promoting biosimilars.

Data Warehouse Growth and Strides in Interoperability

While providers wait for new interoperability provisions, they continue to build data warehouse systems, enhance data analytics, and train their workforce on IT-related competencies.

—Adapted from “What To Watch In Health Care In 2018: Six Key Trends,” by Susan DeVore, Health Affairs Blog, Jan. 29, 2018.

ACHE Call for Nominations for the 2019 Slate

ACHE’s 2018–2019 Nominating Committee is calling for applications for service beginning in 2019. All members are encouraged to participate in the nominating process. ACHE Fellows are eligible for any of the Governor and Chairman-Elect vacancies and are eligible for the Nominating Committee vacancies within their district. Open positions on the slate include:

  • Nominating Committee Member, District 2 (two-year term ending in 2021)
  • Nominating Committee Member, District 3 (two-year term ending in 2021)
  • Nominating Committee Member, District 6 (two-year term ending in 2021)
  • Four Governors (three-year terms ending in 2022)
  • Chairman-Elect

Please refer to the following district designations for the open positions:

  • District 2: District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
  • District 3: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
  • District 6: Air Force, Army, Navy, Veterans Affairs

Candidates for Chairman-Elect and Governor should submit an application to serve that includes a copy of their resume and up to 10 letters of support. For details, please review the Candidate Guidelines, including guidance from the Board of Governors to the Nominating Committee regarding the personal competencies of Chairman-Elect and Governor candidates and the composition of the Board of Governors.

Candidates for the Nominating Committee should only submit a letter of self-nomination and a copy of their resume.

All correspondence should be addressed to Edward H. Lamb, chairman, Nominating Committee, c/o Julie Nolan, and the applications to serve and self-nominations must be submitted electronically to and received by July 15, 2018.

The first meeting of ACHE’s 2018–2019 Nominating Committee will be held on March 27, during the 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago. The committee will be in open session at 2:45 p.m. During the meeting, an orientation session will be conducted for potential candidates, giving them the opportunity to ask questions regarding the nominating process. Immediately following the orientation, an open forum will be provided for ACHE members to present and discuss their views of ACHE leadership needs.

Following the July 15 submission deadline, the committee will meet to determine which candidates for Chairman-Elect and Governor will be interviewed. All candidates will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision by Sept. 30, and candidates for Chairman-Elect and Governor will be interviewed in person on Oct. 25.

To review the Candidate Guidelines, visit If you have any questions, please contact Julie Nolan at (312) 424-9367 or

Board of Governors Exam Fee Waiver Campaign: March 1–June 30

The Board of Governors Exam fee waiver promotion for ACHE Members to save $200 when they submit their Fellow application will take place between March 1 and June 30, 2018.

Eligible members must submit their completed Fellow application, $250 application fee and meet all requirements—including the three years of ACHE membership tenure and five years of executive-level healthcare management experience—by June 30 in order to receive approval to take the Board of Governors Exam. Pending application approval, ACHE will waive the $200 Board of Governors Exam fee.

ACHE’s Leader-to-Leader Program

When you share the value of ACHE membership with your colleagues through encouraging them to join or advance to Fellow status, you can earn points to obtain rewards such as a gift certificate toward an ACHE education program, a polo shirt, a backpack tote, a water bottle and an umbrella. If you sponsor three or more Members who successfully achieve Fellow status, you can even be entered into a raffle for a free registration to ACHE’s Congress on Healthcare Leadership.

Each time a person joins ACHE or advances to Fellow status and lists your name as a sponsor on the application, you earn a point. The more points you earn, the more rewards you can receive. Points expire on Dec. 31 of the year following when they were earned (e.g., a point earned on Jan. 1, 2018, will expire on Dec. 31, 2019). You can check your available points and discount program coupon codes in the My ACHE area of To ensure colleagues reference you, referral cards are available that you can pass out so you receive the credit you deserve.

When you help grow ACHE, you make a strong statement about your professionalism and leadership in the healthcare field and also strengthen the organization.

For more information on the program, go to

Share Your Professional Announcements

Improve your visibility in the healthcare field and build your professional brand by sharing career updates with ACHE. Have you started a new job or been promoted recently? Are you planning to retire? Let ACHE know for a chance to be listed in the “On the Move” section of Healthcare Executive magazine! All you have to do is email the job title, organization and location of both your former and your new job, as well as a high-resolution headshot, to

ACHE Executive Program

ACHE’s Executive Program is designed for the next generation of healthcare executives who strive to excel in management and achieve organizational excellence. Past participants have included mid-career executives or administrative directors, service-line leaders and department heads. The program’s locations and dates are as follows:

  • Chicago (June 11–12)
  • San Diego (Aug. 20–22)
  • Orlando, Fla. (Oct. 29–Oct. 31)

The Executive Program is tailored for mid-level managers, providing them with an opportunity to assess their skillsets in order to develop stronger leadership capabilities and prepare them for change within their organizations. Participants explore a wide range of topics essential to their professional career growth and their healthcare organization’s advancement. Enrollment is limited to 30 healthcare executives, and participants must attend all three sessions. A limited number of scholarships are available for qualified individuals. For more information, contact Catie L. Russo, program specialist, ACHE’s Division of Professional Development, at (312) 424-9362, or visit

ACHE Senior Executive Program

ACHE’s Senior Executive Program is designed for senior-level C-suite healthcare executives who strive to become visionary leaders. Past participants have included vice presidents, health system leaders, COOs, CMOs, CNOs and CFOs who aspire to become CEOs. The program’s locations and dates are as follows:

  • Chicago (June 11–13)
  • San Diego (Aug. 20–22)
  • Orlando, Fla. (Oct. 29–Oct. 31)

The Senior Executive Program is tailored for senior leaders, providing them with an opportunity to gain skills in decision making, problem solving and team building. Participants explore crucial topics impacting the healthcare environment, how to lead an organization to success and ways to achieve lifelong learning goals. Enrollment is limited to 30 healthcare executives, and participants must attend all three sessions. A limited number of scholarships are available for qualified individuals. For more information, contact Catie L. Russo, program specialist, in ACHE’s Division of Professional Development, at (312) 424-9362, or visit

Check Out ACHE’s Enhanced Executive Coaching Directory

ACHE’s Career Resource Center is pleased to bring you an enhanced version of the Executive Coaching Directory. Executive coaches offer personalized support to individuals pursuing professional growth. While ACHE is not endorsing the firms or individuals listed, we hope that our directory accelerates your research process as you assess the qualifications, practice methods and fees of an array of executive coaches. Not only does this upgrade provide a better experience for members seeking executive coaches, the coaches promoting their services benefit as well.

The new platform features include:

  • Enhanced search capabilities for members seeking an executive coach. You can now search coach profiles based on location, area of expertise and more!
  • Improved profiles, including the listed coaches’ website, social media outlets and a professional headshot.
  • Advanced technology that provides members and coaches with a more user-friendly experience.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at

WHA Invites ACHE-Wisconsin to Advocacy Day

The Wisconsin Hospital Association is pleased to, once again, invite members of the ACHE-Wisconsin Chapter to the annual WHA Advocacy Day in Madison on March 21.
 Advocacy Day is an event where 1,100 hospital/system leaders, employees, trustees and volunteers descend on Madison to learn and advocate. Additionally, each year, ACHE-WI launches at Advocacy Day our new Leadership Development Program cohort.
Advocacy Day’s morning keynote is Mara Liasson, the national political correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazines, All Things Considered and Morning Edition. She provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC-focusing on the White House and Congress-and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.The day’s luncheon keynote will be Governor Scott Walker (invited)and a legislative leadership panel discussion will round out the morning sessions.
You are also welcomed and encouraged to participate in one of the most important parts of the day-meeting with your legislators in the afternoon. This is your opportunity to be a hospital advocate on important health care-related issues. To prepare attendees for their meetings, WHA schedules all meetings and provides an issues briefing at Advocacy Day. Additionally, WHA will host an optional pre-event webinar on these legislative visits. That webinar will take place at 10:00am on March 7.
Join fellow ACHE-WI members at WHA’s 2018 Advocacy Day on March 21. Advocacy Day is free, but pre-registration is required. Register today at:
We hope to see you in Madison on March 21!