Head of IT at Atlantic General Hospital Achieves College of Healthcare Information Management Executives Credentialing

05-18-2010
Murray Oltman, chief information officer (CIO) of Atlantic General Hospital has been credentialed as a certified healthcare chief information officer (CHCIO) by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). CHIME’s focus is on developing and recognizing healthcare information technology leadership roles.

“We believe CHCIO status is now the standard that organizations must use when determining who leads healthcare IT projects and initiatives,” said Tim Stettheimer, Ph.D., chair of CHIME’s certification committee and CHIME Board of Trustees. “Becoming a certified healthcare CIO is not easy, but it’s important that we keep the bar high so this credential represents the best of the best.”

CHCIO status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development for healthcare CIOs. The certification program is the only credentialing program that distinguishes healthcare IT executives from others in the industry.

“I’m especially pleased with achieving this recognition,” said Oltman. “Healthcare IT is an amazingly complex environment. CIOs must understand federal and state regulatory compliance issues and have a thorough knowledge of the clinical setting, project management, human resources, patient rights, finances, privacy laws and public policy. Although my focus may be the integration of IT-enabled technologies within the healthcare setting, I share the same goal of everyone at Atlantic General – to continually improve the patient care provided to our community.”

Oltman is one of fewer than 75 healthcare CIOs within the United States to hold the CHCIO designation. He has 30 years of information systems experience with 15 years in healthcare. He is an Eastern Shore native and the founder of Wavelength Information Services, a local outsourcing and systems integrations firm.
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