What Do Dues Do?

Erik Decker, AEHIS Board Chair
Chris Cook, Vice President of AEHIS

AEHIS was founded to help advocate for the role of the CISO. Through our partnership with CHIME’s public policy initiatives, our online education and other methods of collaboration and communication, we’ve seen many successes in the last four years. In that time, our association has thrived.

In 2017, we increased membership by 23 percent for a total of 790 members, and we continue to grow. We have launched our AEHISecurity Newsletter, AEHIS interact, a listserv for our members to share information and network, new committees to help lead the way on industry-changing initiatives, and have partnered with industry leaders to help advocate for best practices and share our wealth of knowledge. Our members have chaired and served on public policy work groups and task forces in Washington, D.C., and we’ve advocated, testified and written letters on behalf of our members to support best practices for healthcare cybersecurity. Through our online education, we’ve kept you up to date on best practices, new technologies and solutions, and case studies of successful CISOs.

Surveys, feedback from our membership and media coverage prove that the CTO, CAO, and CISO are indispensable and help drive critical functions within healthcare IT. These roles continue to expand across the industry in both scope and expectations. Thinking ahead to what AEHIS might look like years down the road, there are countless opportunities for us to expand and do more for security leaders and executives. In 2018, AEHIS committees are seeking a healthcare-specific CISO certificate or certification program that carries weight within the industry, leading the way in Washington, D.C., to help shape the future of cyber policy, increasing educational resources and information sharing, and providing more to our members to help navigate these turbulent times in our industry.

To achieve this end, we need commitment from our members to make this happen. Since its inception, AEHIS has been supported by its parent organization, CHIME. This was a strategic initiative of CHIME, with the full backing of the CIOs to enable their next level of leaders, including the CISO; the Association is not currently self-sustaining. A strategic goal set in 2017 is to get AEHIS to a self-sustaining model so we can continue to expand and transform the Association at this critical time in cybersecurity. To achieve this end, in late in 2017, AEHIS began to consider rolling out dues for members. We created the infrastructure to capture payments and then concentrated on expanding and improving member benefits to make sure we were doing everything we could before we asked for your support. We are confident that in 2018 we now are ready to take that next step forward as we mature as an organization, and we hope you’ll show us your commitment in return.

Many AEHIS members have chosen to renew already – notices have been sent out to those with accounts expiring from January to May. As the year rolls on, you’ll receive a notice asking you to renew at least two months in advance. I hope you’ll join us in the evolution of this wonderful organization as we look to help information security leaders and executives transform healthcare. Annual AEHIS membership dues will be set to $149.

We sincerely hope that you see the value AEHIS has brought to your professional development, and your institution, and we hope you will continue to maintain your membership with us. If you have any questions or concerns, the AEHIS Board would be appreciative to hear your feedback so we can address them. Let’s stay engaged and make this Association great!

For more information about renewals, visit our membership landing page here, or email AEHIS staff with questions or concerns at [email protected]

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