Forty-six years of work straight out of college without a break is enough, says Richard Correll, as he gets ready to retire on June 30 from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which represents information technology leaders.

Having started his health IT career in 1973 working under John E. Gall, Jr., at El Camino Hospital in California to build the first hospitalwide IT system, serving as corporate director of management systems at Harper-Grace Hospitals in Detroit, working with others in the 1980s to elevate the stature of HIMSS and then later one of the co-founders and CEO of CHIME to increase the influence of CIOs, Correll now wants to do more of the volunteer services that he already supports, such as visiting patients in a nursing home and Meals on Wheels.

Following a reorganization of the association in 2013 to have CIO leadership at the CEO level, Correll served as COO and senior strategic advisor and now is a good time to stop working, he says. “There’s a new paradigm now for CHIME and it takes new leadership with new ideas to make that happen. This would have been the time when I would step down anyway.”

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Correll is proud of the work of CHIME and HIMSS to increase educational and networking opportunities for information technology professionals. He notes that HIMSS15 included 84 focus groups for IT pros. “That’s where the CIOs were—learning from each other. I saw four CIOs on the exhibit floor during the show.”

But he leaves with some advice to CHIME and its members, which now also include chief information security officers, chief technology officers and chief administrative officers. At CHIME’s Spring CIO Forum in April, the top topic was security and the horror stories of organizations that have been victimized by “ransomware,” the taking of their data with return contingent on payment.

The question for IT leaders and their organizations’ boards, Correll says, is how they will respond if they are similarly victimized by ransomware and other attacks on their protected health information. More than ever, it is important for IT leaders to network through CHIME and other user groups, he says. “It’s tough to get away, but important.”

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