Chief nursing information officers aren’t the only members of the health IT crew to get kudos in 2011. A recent survey from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) highlights the growing importance of the chief medical information officer (CMIO) role, especially when it comes to achieving meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs).
The survey’s conclusions are based on responses from 93 CHIME members. Among its chief findings:
- CMIOs are leading the charge on meaningful use, clinical informatics and the integration of physician practices.
- CMIOs are in demand: Almost half (42%) of respondents who don’t have a CMIO on their staff are planning to hire one this year.
- CMIOs are working closely together with CIOs to implement and adopt EHRs and computerized physician order entry systems.
- About half (54%) of CMIOs are working part-time, but the role increasingly is demanding full-time leadership and in some cases, is being split between two physicians at one facility.
View the full survey results here.