Community Behavioral Health CIO Awarded CHCIO Certification from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives

Published on September 8, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PA – September 8, 2022 – Community Behavioral Health (CBH) is pleased to announce that CIO Julia Zhou was awarded the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives’ (CHIME) Certified Healthcare CIO designation.

Launched in 2008, CHIME’s CHCIO program is the only certification designed exclusively for leaders in health information technology. Currently, more than 700 health care CIOs in 23 countries have earned the certification, which represents one of the highest professional achievements in the industry.

“Earning the CHCIO designation demonstrates Julia’s outstanding commitment to continued leadership, innovation and education in the behavioral health space,” said Faith Dyson Washington, PhD, CEO of CBH. “Her deep expertise in IT and business intelligence plays a key role in helping CBH stay at the forefront of, and address urgent gaps in, behavioral health care.”

To achieve CHCIO status, candidates must have at least three years of experience in the position, participate in programs and events that continue their education as an IT leader and pass a rigorous examination. These qualifications ensure that the CIO is truly dedicated to ongoing education, an important characteristic in an industry where patients pay the price for becoming stagnant.

“Health care is undergoing a massive transformation,” said Russell Branzell, CHCIO, president and CEO of CHIME. “We are shifting to a value-based environment, improving coordination across the continuum and striving to reduce costs. Health IT is critical to achieving these goals. The CHCIO designation is a recognition that a CIO has the skills necessary to be a strategic leader in the organization.”

About CBH

CBH is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation contracted by the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services to manage the delivery of behavioral health services for Medicaid recipients of Philadelphia County. CBH is celebrating its 25th year as Philadelphia’s behavioral health Medicaid payor. For more information about CBH, visit cbhphilly.org.

About CHIME

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information offices (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs) and other senior health care IT leaders. With nearly 2,800 members in 50 countries and over 150 health care IT vendors 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 health care in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.

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