SI Affinity Groups convene the right people to address the right issues.

Current SI Affinity Groups

Chief Information Officers

CIOs have been at the heart of Scottsdale Institute since its creation. Today the CIO role is evolving yet again to reflect the drive for innovation and transformation in healthcare. SI’s CIO Affinity Group provides a forum for CIOs to share ideas and strategies on their changing role as leaders of positive change. 

Chief Information Security Officers

CISOs have quickly taken seats at the senior-leadership table with the rise of cybersecurity threats like malware and ransomware. As digital health continues to transform healthcare, such threats will only become more challenging to patient privacy and confidentiality. SI’s CISO Affinity Group provides a forum for CISOs—sometimes including CIOs/CTOs—to address escalating cybersecurity threats and the latest strategies to thwart them.

Chief Medical Information Officers

CMIOs pioneered the EHR era and are now positioned to lead the digital-health revolution. As they assume executive leadership roles on a much wider scope, they face a complex yet exciting array of challenges. The SI CMIO Affinity Group affords CMIOs the opportunity to take the measure of these new opportunities with their peers and assume the helm in a new system of care and wellness.

Chief Nursing Information Officers

CNIOs have emerged as indispensable leaders in clinical transformation, accountable care and population health. Ranging from EHR optimization and data analytics to tackling the social determinants of health, CNIOs are charged with integrating IT, patient care and patient engagement in ways not previously achieved. The SI CNIO Affinity Group provides CNIOs with a forum to share best practices and lessons learned in becoming multidimensional agents of change.


Data analytics will drive the health-delivery system of the future from identification of at-risk populations and clinical decision support for personalized medicine to Amazon-like patient engagement and new business models.

Population Health

Population Health encompasses the broad range of strategies, activities and expertise required under value-based care, including new care and business models driven by risk-based contracting and the need to manage chronically-ill populations.

About Affinity Groups

SI Affinity Groups are intimate forums focused on a shared issue, topic or the collective challenges of its members.  Depending on member needs, Affinity Groups can be title-specific—CIOs, CISOs, CMIOs, CNIOs and others—or a synergistic mix of executive titles focused on single issues like Cybersecurity, Population Health, Clinical Decision Support, Analytics, Innovation/Transformation, Digital Health and others. Whatever the makeup, the goal is to share similar concerns and challenges, best practices, lessons learned, industry trends and resources to help their organizations thrive.

Contact us to join or initiate an Affinity Group, or if you have any questions!

Thien Lam, VP and CISO, BayCare Health System
Thien Lam
VP and CISO for BayCare Health System
"The Scottsdale Institute CISO members are awesome.  They are very responsive and helpful, which is one of many qualities that I like about the SI CISO group.  Thank you for helping us creating a culture where we can share knowledge."
Heather Nelson, VP & CIO, University of Chicago Medicine
Heather Nelson
SVP & CIO, University of Chicago Medicine
"I have found Scottsdale Institute to be a great source for peer networking, information sharing, and healthcare industry thought-leadership.  I have been a member for a few years now."

Affinity Groups currently convene through Dialogues, Summits, Roundtables, and Site Visits.

Our entire membership acts as an Affinity Group when it comes to Ad Hoc Queries

Posed by an individual or SI Member organization, ad hoc queries can initiate invaluable email discussions around hot-topic questions, offering an asynchronous tool for finding answers to even the most clinical or technical questions.