AEHIA Announces Stacey Johnston, MD as AEHIA Board Chair to Lead Association’s Efforts to Re-focus from Applications to Data

ANN ARBOR, MI, May 26, 2022 – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has added a prominent executive to the volunteer leadership team of its Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications (AEHIA). Stacey Johnston, MD, Vice President, Chief Application Officer (CAO) and Epic Program Executive of Baptist Health has joined the professional association as Board Chair to lead its evolution to becoming more focused on data. Dr. Johnston’s experience is integral to taking AEHIA in its new direction and serving the rising needs for collaboration on data science and data sharing across the healthcare industry.

CHIME launched AEHIA in 2014 as the first professional organization serving healthcare’s senior information technology applications leaders during the time Meaningful Use and electronic health records implementation and optimization were industry priorities. Since that launch, there has been a significant shift in focus from “applications” to “data,” and AEHIA is now positioned to reflect that transition. 

“After an extended search, with the support of the AEHIA Board and CHIME team members, I believe we have found the perfect Chair to re-focus and re-energize the AEHIA community. Dr. Johnston brings a level of energy, experience and expertise that will re-launch AEHIA,” said David Finn, Vice President of AEHIS, AEHIT and AEHIA for CHIME. “As a physician, she has served as CMIO, as Epic Program Executive and Chief Application Officer. She not only met but exceeded all our hopes—applications, data, informatics—from both a clinical perspective and the IT standpoint.”

Previously to being named as Baptist Health’s Vice President, CAO, Dr. Johnston served as Baptist Health’s Vice President, Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) which followed her role as associate CMIO for hospitalist informatics. A board-certified family physician and a member of the Baptist Hospitalist Group, Dr. Johnston has extensive experience in the use of electronic medical records, clinical technologies across a broad spectrum of clinical settings and knowledge of electronic medical record infrastructure and is committed to collaborating with senior healthcare executives to share best practices around IT-enabled clinical and business transformation.

 “I am excited to take on this leadership role at AEHIA because the future of healthcare relies on creating transformation at the intersection of clinical/revenue cycle applications and the data driven from these systems. Through these applications, we create data that can provide insights that enable healthcare organizations to create the digitally enabled and consumer-driven healthcare of the future,” said Dr. Johnston. “As a hospitalist, I have seen firsthand how data-driven decisions can not only improve the quality of my care but can improve both the patient experience through frictionless care models and the caregiver experience through machine learning and integrated systems.”

Prior to her tenure at Baptist Health, Dr. Johnston was the CMIO and Medical Director of the hospitalist program at Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, SC, where she also served on the Board of Trustees. She is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, GA.



The Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications (AEHIA) launched in 2014 as the first professional organization serving healthcare’s senior IT applications leaders. AEHIA offers chief application officers (CAOs) and other top-ranking information applications leaders the professional development and networking opportunities critical for their success. Members have access to educational resources and support for addressing key industry-specific privacy and security issues. Formed under the auspices of CHIME, the premier executive organization dedicated to servicing chief information officers (CIOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders, AEHIA members benefit from CHIME’s 30-year history of delivering valuable, high-quality executive education and networking opportunities. For more information, please visit aehia.org.


The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs) and other senior digital health leaders. CHIME includes more than 5,000 members in 56 countries and two U.S. territories and partners with over 160 healthcare IT businesses and professional services firms. CHIME and its three associations provide a highly interactive, trusted environment that enables senior industry leaders to collaborate, exchange best practices, address professional development needs and advocate for effective use of information management to improve health and care in their communities. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.





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