Chief medical informatics officer

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A chief medical informatics officer (CMIO, also sometimes referred to as a chief medical information officer, or chief clinical information officer - CCIO in the United Kingdom) is a healthcare executive generally responsible for the health informatics platform required to work with clinical IT staff [1] to support the efficient design, implementation, and use of health technology within a healthcare organization.

Typically the CMIO is a physician[2] with some degree of formal health informatics training or a working equivalent thereof, who often works in conjunction with, or helps to manage other physician, nurse, pharmacy, and general informaticists within the organization. According to the 2012 CMIO Survey, 60% had salaries higher than $200,000 per year.[3]

While historically there have been physicians and others filling this role, the more formal CMIO position started around 1992 [4] to help hospitals support the adoption and implementation of health technologies such as electronic medical records (EMRs), electronic health records (EHRs), computerized physician order entry (CPOE), electronic documentation, health information exchanges (HIEs), and other technologies used in the clinical setting. The trend for healthcare organizations to have a CMIO has continued to grow, and accelerated as technology use in the clinical setting has been stimulated by programs such as the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act).

CMIOs generally report to either the chief medical officer (CMO), chief information officer (CIO), chief operations officer (COO), or chief executive officer (CEO). The exact roles and responsibilities vary widely,[5][6][7] from organization to organization, often depending on the reporting structure,[8] but they typically include at least one of the following:

  • Strategic planning
  • EMR Governance and Policy development
  • Systems development and implementation
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Capacity Building [9]
  • Informatics education and platform development[10]
  • Data mining and quality reporting
  • Education, Training and curriculum design


  1. ^ [1] Archived April 8, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "CMIO 2010 Compensation Survey: The Results Are In!". 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  3. ^ "Chief Medical Information Officer Salary | MHA Guide: Health Administration Degree Guide". MHA Guide. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  4. ^ Betsy Hersher. "The Chief Medical Information Officer and Beyond" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-04-17. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "CMIO Role Definition". CMIO Magazine. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  6. ^ Joseph Conn (July 30, 2007). "What does a chief medical information officer do?". Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  7. ^ "Common Examples of Healthcare IT Failure". Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  8. ^ "The Changing Role of the CMIO". 2008-02-15. Archived from the original on 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  9. ^ "The Role of the CMIO - Clinfowiki". 2011-11-21. Archived from the original on 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  10. ^ R. Dirk Stanley, MD (2010-09-08). "EMR Implementation: Clinical Informatics and the CMIO". Archived from the original on 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2012-04-17.