Over the last several months, the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA), in conjunction with each Provincial Association, has made tremendous progress in moving forward to a new model of shared governance, i.e. a National Association with Chapters. This is a monumental event for CHIMA, the Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM), the Health Information Management (HIM®) profession and the health care industry. This collaboration and change in model will see the HIM profession and the industry continue to thrive and build on its past heritage. The development of this new Chapter Model will allow for a more inclusive, equitable and collaborative approach, accessible by all HIM professionals across Canada.
It is extremely important to formally acknowledge the important and valuable role, contribution and accomplishment of each Provincial Association since their establishment. Starting in 1949 the first Letters Patent for Health Record Technician (HRT) was secured in Ontario. From that time forward all Provinces applied for separate Letters Patent to form ten (10) Provincial Associations. It is through their membership and active participation on the National Health Information Management Alliance (NHIMA) over the years that we were able to overcome barriers and challenges to move to this new and exciting model. We wish to thank every Provincial Association for their support, insight and collaboration and for their strong support and acceptance of the Chapter Model. This exciting collaboration will better support the Health Information Management profession and industry at the provincial, regional and national levels.
As CHIMA members, you will receive a variety of communications over the next few months as we move forward with developing and operationalizing each Chapter. This is the first of many updates and notices intended to provide you with all the information you may need.
The CHIMA Board of Directors, in collaboration with NHIMA, has defined the Chapters and their boundaries. The nine Chapters recognize each Province and Territory in one of the established geographic boundaries. In some instances, a Chapter may include more than one Province/Territory.
The geographic chapters are:
These chapters governed by a Chapter Advisory Council, reporting to the CHIMA Board of Directors, together with nine Chapter Committees, will form an essential and fundamental component of CHIMA.
What does this mean to you?
CHIMA will assign each of its individual members to one of the nine Chapters according to the member’s registered Province or Territory in which they reside, as per their office or home address contained in the CHIMA database. When a CHIMA member resides outside of Canada, he/she will be assigned to a Chapter by CHIMA.
Chapter member types will mirror the current CHIMA member types and include: Certified, Student, Affiliate, Retired and Honourary.
The CHIMA Executive Office staff are working hard to develop and implement all the necessary policies, guidelines, processes and legal/financial changes that will be necessary to ensure the Chapters are in place and operational by March 1, 2016 – just a short six months away. This includes:
The CHIMA Board of Directors, senior leadership team and staff, together with the NHIMA and Provincial Association Executive, are all very excited about the new Chapter Model and its initiatives and are confident that this will result in a stronger, more effective and efficient Association for all of its members across Canada. We are confident that each of you shares our enthusiasm and excitement.
1 AGISQ (provincial association) is not a member of NHIMA and will not be restructured into the Chapter Model at this time.