Nashville, Tenn. – Aug. 14 2019 – emids, a global leader in digital solutions in the healthcare industry, has recently donated $10,000 to the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Opioid Task Force.
CHIME’s more than 2,900 members serve in leadership roles at nearly 5,000 healthcare institutions and related organizations, and are innovators at the intersection of data access and care delivery for hundreds of millions of patients. In an effort to utilize their members’ unique insights and assets, CHIME launched the Opioid Task Force (OTF) in early 2018 to leverage the healthcare IT expertise of their members and the CHIME Foundation to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis.
When the OTF was first launched in early 2018, Jim Turnbull, CIO at University of Utah Health and founding co-chair said, “We need to empower and assist the healthcare community and help them see that there are pathways to success, whether that is eliminating overprescribing of opioids, finding interventions in clinical care or following best treatment practices. CHIME members have the data and skills to illuminate what has worked and what hasn’t.”
The opioid epidemic in the United States has created a tremendous strain on the U.S. healthcare system, claiming the lives of more than 43,000 Americans just this past year. The CHIME Opioid Task Force engages the committed and collective leadership of its organization to identify and take deliberate actions to advert the increasing addiction and growing mortality from the opioid crisis. This includes creating awareness, publicizing leading healthcare practices, providing data for medical research and policy advocacy, and leveraging the organization’s leadership talent in unique and powerful ways.
“I am honored that emids made this donation and has contributed to the Opioid Task Force’s efforts to make an impact on this growing crisis,” says Tim McMullen, president of provider solutions at emids. “The OTF supports the healthcare community we serve, and we are humbled to play a small role in this great endeavor.”
Adds Ed Kopetsky, founding member of CHIME and the founder and co-chair of the CHIME Opioid Task Force, “Opioid addiction is truly an epidemic, and we thank emids for their support of our task force. Their generous donation will aid in the numerous initiatives currently in process to help with our country’s opioid crisis.”
CHIME has hosted several educational webinars, submitted numerous opioid-related letters and statements to federal policy makers and worked closely with congressional and federal agency staff to help shape opioid policies.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 2,900 members in 55 countries and over 150 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate, exchange best practices, address professional development needs and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care in the communities they serve. For more information, visit chimecentral.org.
emids is a global provider of healthcare technology expertise and consulting services and solutions that serves payers, providers and tech enablers. Headquartered in Nashville, emids helps bridge the critical gaps in accessible, affordable, high-quality healthcare by providing advisory consulting services, custom application development and data solutions. Services include EHR application deployment and management, analytics, data integration and governance, software development and testing, and business intelligence. Visit emids.com.
Libby Werner | 615-332-7701 | Libby.Werner@emids.com