McCleese selected to receive CHIME public policy award

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Randy McCleese, has been selected as the recipient of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executive’s Federal Public Policy Award for CIO Leadership.

McCleese is vice president of information services and chief information officer at St. Claire Regional Medical Center, a 159-bed hospital in northeastern Kentucky.

The long-time HIT executive serves on CHIME’s Policy Steering Committee, a role he’s filled since 2009. CHIME executives say McCleese has been instrumental in helping inform members of Congress and regulators about the impact health policy has, not only on small and rural communities, but across the care continuum.

Ann Arbor, Mich.-based CHIME says McCleese has served as a thought leader on a number of critical issues facing health IT leaders, including expansion of telehealth services, the future of the Meaningful Use program, cybersecurity, and more. The Federal Public Policy Award recognizes leadership by a CHIME member for a range of activities, including educating policymakers on the value of health IT, testifying before federal workgroups or congressional committees, visiting representatives, and providing feedback on federal initiatives.

“Law and policymakers need to hear from those of us on the frontlines, especially at small healthcare organizations,” McCleese said. “Small organizations operate on razor-thin margins, making it extremely difficult to figure out how we are going to meet complex regulatory requirements, especially when we have competing needs to allocate both financial and human resources toward technology that directly impacts patient care and can help save lives.”

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“Randy brings a critical voice to CHIME’s public policy efforts,” said Charles Christian, vice president of technology and engagement for Indiana Health Information Exchange and chair of the CHIME Public Policy Steering Committee. “With limited resources, CIOs at small and rural organizations wear a lot of hats; Randy is able to delivery that unique perspective and explain how different regulatory programs converge and impact operations and patient care. He also lives by example. St. Claire has a very robust IT infrastructure and he’s been able to show how small organizations can maximize IT to improve care across the continuum.”

McCleese will be honored this week as part of National Health IT Week in Washington.

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