A message from Jeff Nesbitt, CEO & Registrar, CHIMA

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The Canadian Health Information Management Association announces new CEO

Jeff Nesbitt

London, ON, July 24, 2018 - The Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Jeff Nesbitt as its new Chief Executive Officer and Registrar effective August 7, 2018. 

“We are fortunate to have someone with Jeff’s experience and ability to lead CHIMA as we embark on our new Strategic Plan,” said Robert Van Oort, Chair of the CHIMA Board. “Jeff’s experience in accelerating organizational development and his strong background in health care, information technology and member relations fits with our strategy to grow CHIMA.”

As a former Chief Information Officer, Jeff has played an active role in information management across organizations where he has gained a deep understanding about how data has become a driving force to help inform decision making in our health system.  

“I am excited to start this new chapter with CHIMA and look forward to engaging both strategic partners and, most importantly, the members of CHIMA,” stated Nesbitt. “Having a strong membership base of Certified Health Information Management Professionals is critical to the success of delivering patient centered care across our country. On the heels of CHIMA’s 75th anniversary I stand committed to the execution of CHIMA’s renewed Strategic Plan which will take us to the next pivotal level.”

As an innovative leader, Jeff Nesbitt has spent 20 years in strategy, sales, operations, technology and marketing, cultivating organizational growth in a wide variety of industries, spanning not-for-profit entities to Fortune 500 companies.

“As CHIMA moves forward, we are confident that Jeff’s experience in working with partners, governments and health systems across Canada, will be invaluable to advance CHIMA’s strategy to deepen and expand its mandate across Canada.” stated Van Oort.

The Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) represents approximately 5,000 Health Information Management (HIM®) professionals across Canada and is the certifying body and national association that represents leadership and excellence in health information management.



2018 AGM

2018 CHIMA AGM Recording

Health Information Management Workforce Transformation:
New Roles, New Skills and Experiences in Canada

by Candace J. Gibson, PhD, CHIM; Kelly J. Abrams, MPA, CHIM; and Gail F. Crook, CHE, CHIM


Healthcare in Canada is undergoing significant transformation and change at regional, provincial, and national levels to better utilize scarce health resources to provide safe, high-quality care at lower cost. The electronic health record (EHR) is being introduced as an innovation and enabler in achieving reduced healthcare costs and improved patient care. Numerous studies and reports have described the advantages of the EHR; however, little attention has been paid to the human and fiscal resources necessary to implement and effectively manage the EHR. As Canadian health settings move from paper to electronic health records, the role of health information management (HIM) professionals needs to correspondingly change to meet the demands of an increasingly digital workplace.

The full article is available at AHIMA’s online, scholarly, open-access research journal, Perspectives in Health Information Management.