CIO Affinity Group

The Heartbeat of SI

At Scottsdale Institute’s core activities since the beginning, our CIOs comprise a well-connected Affinity Group that regularly convenes 20 to 40 professionals for Dialogue calls and in-person and virtual Summits. Discussion topics range from sharing ideas and strategies and the drive for innovation and transformation to changing CIO roles and future possibilities. Plus, if you want to know what your peers are doing and thinking right now, join SI’s CIO Affinity Group MS Teams site to facilitate ongoing, ad hoc, open discussion and collaboration among the CIO peer group.

IT Organization Chart Library

At the request of its members, Scottsdale Institute created an IT Org Chart Library as an opportunity to collaborate on structure and roles. Contact us to learn how to obtain access and contribute to this repository.


Dialogues – Invitation-only

These 1-hour, peer-led Zoom meetings are by invitation-only, with recaps distributed to affinity group members via MS Teams. To guest-lead/host a Dialogue on a topic of interest, contact Cynthia Schroers. Some hosts share background materials to support discussion; just ask for samples.


Upcoming Summit – Invitation-Only

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Upcoming Roundtable – Invitation-Only

SI 2021 Fall Symposium – Cracking the Code: Healthcare 2025

November 16 - November 19

SI’s Fall Symposium offers the blueprints toward operationalizing today’s data-driven, real-time system of health, plus a time to join with like-minded peer experts—finally!—face-to-face.

Recent Summit


Upcoming Teleconferences and Webinars – Open to all Members




SI 2021 CIO Virtual Summit Report

Sponsored by Impact Advisors. Read how 23 health-system Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and other senior executives from prominent US healthcare systems shared on the...

Collaboration & Partnerships

INTRODUCTION | All the elements are there. Whether we call it the real-time healthcare system of the future or the emerging system of health, the...

SI 2020 CIO Virtual Summit Report

Sponsored by Impact Advisors. Twenty-five CIOs gathered December 8, 2020, to discuss how a new social pact between health systems and the public is...

Converging IT & Operations: With COVID-19 the future has arrived

COVID-19 has catalyzed healthcare’s transformation, including accelerating the convergence of IT into operations. Find out what that looks like in our latest SI Industry...

SI 2020 CIO Virtual Roundtable

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW | At a roundtable, chief information officers from leading health systems agreed that digital technologies must play an important role in...

Previous Teleconference and Webinar Recordings – Available to all Members


Less Classroom “Training,” More Learning at Froedtert
Stephanie Lenzner, VP, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin; Tom Burton, Co-Founder; Jill Terry, Chief Learning Officer; and Eric Denna, SV...
WEBINAR | Bellwether Market Phoenix: Working Smarter – Redefining Payment Platforms & Partnerships
Consolidating the Phoenix healthcare market has engendered creative solutions around simplified patient payment options and price transparency - and the partnership between Blue Cross o...


Deciphering Clinical IT at Baystate, Rush and Banner
Joel Vengco, SVP & CIO, Baystate Health, Brian Patty, MD, CHCIO Eligible, VP & CMIO Clinical Information Systems, Rush University Medical Center, and Sherri Hess, MS-IS, BSN, RN...
Mobilizing Workstreams from Surge Capacity to Supply Chains in Response to COVID-19
Cheryl Hertel, MBA, RN-BC, FACHE, CHCIO, VP & CIO, CoxHealth, John W. McLendon, CPHIMS, MBA, VP & CIO, Circle Health, and Dick Flanigan, MBA, FACHE, SVP Cerner. Cheryl, John an...
Managing Your Expanding Remote Workforce During COVID-19 and Thereafter
Shefali Mookencherry, Principal & VCISO, and Erik Gerard, Principal & VCTO, Impact Advisors.  Shefali and Erik discuss the tactical approaches many organizations have taken to ...
Spectrum Health’s COVID-19 Response
Jason Joseph, MBA, SVP & CIO, Spectrum Health.  In this presentation, Jason outlines Spectrum Health’s stages of COVID-19 preparation and response, and how the organization has a...
Tales from New York: HSS Shifts Mission to Respond to COVID-19
Jamie Nelson, CIO, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) shares the unique response of the Hospital for Special Surgery to the New York experience with the COVID-19 crisis.  Jamie describ...

About Affinity Groups

SI Affinity Groups are intimate forums focused on a common issue, topic or collective challenge of its members, with a goal of information sharing around similar concerns, best practices, lessons learned, industry trends and resources to help organizations thrive.

SVP and 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."

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Guest-Lead/Host a Dialogue

To guest-lead/host one of our Dialogues, please contact Affinity Group Director Cynthia Schroers to share topics for discussion.

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