CHIME Partners with Next Wave Connect to Foster Online Engagement Among Healthcare Professionals

SCOTTSDALE, AZ—October 10, 2013—The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has signed a letter of intent to partner with Next Wave Connect, Inc. Next Wave CONNECT is the first healthcare industry-specific enterprise social networking application to connect healthcare professionals and peers from across healthcare organizations, providing participants with a place to collaboratively solve the industry’s toughest challenges. The letter of intent was finalized during the CHIME13 Fall CIO Forum in Scottsdale, Ariz.

CONNECT offers a cloud-based collaborative environment that includes professional facilitation and support services for members via a network of Community Managers and Community Advisors.  CONNECT’s Advisory Council Experts (ACEs) are well-known, experienced, and accomplished healthcare professionals who will assist members as they work together to crowd-source solutions and best-practices.

In keeping with CHIME’s goal to advance the role of CIOs and other senior healthcare IT leaders through education, collaboration and advocacy in support of improved health and healthcare in our communities, CONNECT is a social platform that will enable CHIME members, CHIME Foundation representatives, and other relevant stakeholders to engage with each other in meaningful discussions in real-time.

“CHIME is excited to begin working with Next Wave Connect,” says CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO. “With a mutual interest in guiding the healthcare industry forward, CHIME and Next Wave Connect intend to transform the way leaders collaborate and problem-solve together using the tools of social media.”

“CONNECT takes the possibilities of online engagement to a higher level,” says Next Wave Connect CEO Drex DeFord, FCHIME, CHCIO.  “CHIME is precisely the type of forward thinking organization to help bring the health IT industry together to solve real and meaningful issues and challenges.”

About Next Wave Connect

Next Wave Connect is a wholly-owned social networking application company of Next Wave Health, based in Houston, Texas. Next Wave Connect (CONNECT) is the first healthcare industry-specific, smart social networking application, connecting healthcare professionals and peers—of all types, from across healthcare organizations—giving them a place to collaboratively solve the industry’s most challenging problems. For more information, visit


The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 95 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit