ANN ARBOR, MI, Jan. 11, 2022 — Artificial intelligence that assists healthcare providers to make customized antibiotic choices for a patient’s pneumonia — digitally-enabled teamwork between pharmacists and physicians to ensure patients get the right medications — a National Response Portal to track disease hot spots at a county and state level. All these advances in digital health were developed by outstanding collaboration between one healthcare organization and a technology solutions provider. For these contributions and many others, the College of Information Management Executives (CHIME) has honored Jim Jirjis, chief health information officer of HCA Healthcare, and MEDITECH with the 2021 CHIME Collaboration Award for their partnership.

The CHIME Collaboration Award is given annually to recognize a CIO who is a CHIME member and a CHIME Foundation firm who together offer a benefit to the healthcare IT community. The winners are given an opportunity to share their innovative collaboration and its outcomes with CHIME members for possible application in other healthcare environments.

“Dr. Jirjis and the team at MEDITECH have proven that quality of care advances rapidly when providers and their industry partners combine their expertise,” said CHIME Foundation Board Chair Shafiq Rab, MD, EVP and Chief Digital Officer for Wellforce. “The depth of knowledge of these leaders, applied to the real-world environment of frontline healthcare, creates an ideal incubator for cutting-edge ideas.”

The decades-long partnership between HCA Healthcare and MEDITECH has produced recent innovations with industry-wide applications such as the INSPIRE Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, which used a clinical trial, smart prompts and custom code to ensure accuracy in medication recommendations for pneumonia patients. Medication management efficiency and accuracy took a leap forward when the two organizations collaborated on a system that allowed pharmacists to draft a patient’s discharge medication reconciliation as “pending,” to be confirmed only after a physician’s required review. HCA Healthcare assisted in developing the National Response Portal (NRP) in collaboration with MEDITECH’s cloud partner Google in order to power data-driven insights from geographic metrics from the nation’s hospitals to help end the COVID-19 crisis.

“MEDITECH is a longtime partner of HCA Healthcare, and we are honored to be recognized by CHIME for our collaboration that has led to clinical advancements,” said Dr. Jim Jirjis, chief health information officer of HCA Healthcare.

 “We have high regard for the success of HCA Healthcare,” said Executive Vice President Helen Waters of MEDITECH. “Throughout our multiple decades of partnership, they have proven you can be both focused on quality healthcare and fiscal responsibility while driving impactful innovation. This award is an acknowledgment of our collaborative efforts leveraging the latest digital advancements and data analytics to improve clinical practices and deliver proven results. HCA Healthcare has always been a visionary leader through their strong assessment of the market and experience working with all major EHR players. We are honored by their continued vote of confidence in MEDITECH as we press forward together.”


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

About HCA Healthcare

Nashville-based HCA Healthcare is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services comprising 183 hospitals and approximately 2,000 ambulatory sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers, and physician clinics, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. With its founding in 1968, HCA Healthcare created a new model for hospital care in the United States, using combined resources to strengthen hospitals, deliver patient-focused care and improve the practice of medicine. HCA Healthcare has conducted a number of clinical studies, including one that demonstrated that full-term delivery is healthier than early elective delivery of babies and another that identified a clinical protocol that can reduce bloodstream infections in ICU patients by 44 percent. HCA Healthcare is a learning health system that uses its more than 32 million annual patient encounters to advance science, improve patient care and save lives. Please click here to connect with HCA Healthcare on social media.


MEDITECH has driven EHR innovation during every stage of the industry’s evolution. Today, MEDITECH helps healthcare organizations around the world expand their vision of what’s possible with MEDITECH Expanse, a web-based EHR setting new standards for usability, efficiency, and clinician satisfaction. MEDITECH software is used by a quarter of all hospitals in the U.S., nearly half of all Canadian hospitals, and healthcare organizations in 23 countries. MEDITECH supports healthcare in every setting, from acute centers and ambulatory practices to home health and hospice, long-term care facilities, patients’ homes and beyond. KLAS has rated MEDITECH Expanse the #1 EHR in three categories and the #2 Overall Software Suite. For more, visit, find MEDITECH Podcasts on your favorite podcast app, and follow us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.



Rosslyn Elliott
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