AEHADA Individual Membership

AEHADA membership is open to CAOs and senior application leaders at healthcare related organizations. To facilitate collaboration and the development of stronger healthcare IT applications leaders, AEHADA members are encouraged to refer other healthcare application executives as well.


Membership Criteria

Membership in AEHADA is targeted for those principally in charge of healthcare IT applications at a payor or provider facility. While those who qualify will generally be the Chief Applications Officer (CAO), or the highest ranking executive responsible for IT applications, those in charge of applications for major divisions and/or regions of large corporate or integrated delivery systems will also be considered for membership.

The healthcare community will include delivery systems, payer/insurance organizations, and other healthcare-related organizations. Because of the rapidly changing healthcare landscape, these criteria serve as primary guidelines, which may evolve as industry and IS strategies change.

Employment Criteria

  1. Health Services Delivery Organization(s)
    1. Hospital/Acute Care
    2. Medical Groups (e.g., PPOs, Group Practices)
    3. Long Term/Extended Care
    4. Home Health Care/Hospice/Long-term Care
    5. Public Health Care Agencies (providing direct care services)
  2. Healthcare Payer/Insurance Organizations
    1. Insurance
    2. HMO
  3. Management Service Organizations & Other Healthcare IT Related Organizations
    1. Organizations related to healthcare IT but whose primary business does not include selling memberships, OR selling hardware, software or consulting services to healthcare CIOs or CAOs.
    2. Qualified organizations normally provide or are otherwise linked to direct patient care. Such organizations may include: radiology groups, disease management companies, RHIOs, state or federal government agencies and state hospital associations.
    3. If an organization has multiple business units, 50%+ of the organization’s primary business must meet the above noted membership criteria. For example, if 25% of an organization is dedicated to physician staffing but the remaining 75% of an organization is dedicated to IT consulting, the CAO from such an organization would not be qualified.


Job Responsibilities

  1. Highest ranking applications executive OR
  2. Regional, market area, or facility level applications executive
    This person will normally be responsible for overall service delivery and budget
    accountability OR
  3. Contract CAOs (either employed by a consulting or vendor firm, or are self-employed)
    1. If the application function of a health services delivery organization or a payer organization is outsourced, and there is no CAO employed by the organization itself, then that outsourced CAO (who may be an employee of a consulting or vendor firm, or self-employed) is eligible for membership. In this case, the outsourced CAO must be working full time as the CAO at the specified healthcare or payer organization.
    2. If the applicant or renewing member is self-employed (usually as a consultant) and actively looking for a permanent CAO role, he or she may continue with his or her membership for one year. To qualify as a self-employed CAO, the member cannot be on contract with a consulting firm, or have a paid staff of consultants OR
  4. Applications executives who are not corporate CAOs but who have regional or facility-level CAOs reporting directly to them OR
  5. CHIME members in good standing OR
  6. Corporate Senior IT Executives. CHIME Applicants who do not meet criteria 1-3 above may also be qualified to join. If the corporate Senior IT Executives are assessed to have a sufficient level of authority in their organization (using a point-based criteria), they are entitled to membership in AEHIA.
Reporting Relationship

Generally reports to CEO, COO, CFO or CIO of the delivery system.


Scope of Responsibility

  1. Has overall applications responsibility. Additional duties may include telecommunications, medical records, management engineering, etc.
  2. Leads the applications strategy for the organization, as evidenced by reporting relationship and committee involvement.
  3. Has a significant applications organization, including multiple business/clinical applications and complex technical environments.