The title “Chief Medical Information Officer” has been in use for over 20 years. Originally created as a senior liaison between a provider organization’s IT department and its practicing physicians, the job of the CMIO has evolved in different directions over the past two decades.
While liaison functions remain important, today’s CMIOs are increasingly engaged in executive-level strategy discussions and assuming responsibility for strategic organizational initiatives. The stage of the provider organization’s EMR maturity is the most significant determinant of how the CMIO and his or her IT physician colleagues focus their efforts.
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