integrated solutions, while training
and engaging physicians to bolster
support for the new systems. By
2016, however, most healthcare
organizations were utilizing some
form of EHR, and the original
responsibilities of the CMIO no
Much like the CMO role, the CMIO
position of today has shifted to fit
the industry’s growing access to
data and the need for accountability and creativity on the business
side of health care. The CMIO
position now encompasses a range
of responsibilities, from privacy and
cybersecurity to patient outcomes
and population health management.
A successful CMIO must influence
all the systems that touch the EHR
platform or that serve a clinical
function within the organization. In
fact, forward-thinking leadership
teams involve their CMIOs in partnering with clinical and business
executives to learn how to leverage technology tools to achieve
the greatest opportunities for the
patient and the healthcare system.
As the industry continues to
change, the CMIO role is positioned
to grow and evolve with a strong
focus on data and managing metrics to improve quality of care.
Riding the Wave of Change
Forward-thinking medical leadership roles, such as the CMIO and
the CMO, are no longer luxuries.
They are imperative for alignment
within healthcare organizations of
all sizes and structures. Understanding how these roles are
evolving, and what these positions
can encompass in the future, is
vital to developing these roles
within your organization. For
instance, if it is developed correctly, the CMO role can provide
integration that links all aspects of
hospital care, including:
F Physician practice evaluation
F Quality and safety
To meet the challenges of today’s
market, every healthcare organiza-
tion needs this level of integration,
regardless of size or organizational
model. Developing leadership roles
focused on the future with an
understanding of the challenges
ahead allows roles such as the CMO
and the CMIO to be utilized strate-
gically and successfully.
Correctly defining the medical leadership positions also sets the stage
for recruiting the right leaders who
possess the necessary skillset.
With healthcare systems across
the country looking for a medical
executive to unify the internal team,
translate administrative imperatives to the medical staff, and add a
clinical perspective to the organization’s vision and strategy, the
level of competition for candidates
is steep, and recruitments are
becoming increasingly complex.
Position Development Process
In the face of a competitive and
challenging healthcare job market,
the questions become:
F How can your healthcare organization prepare to hire the right
F How do you establish the right
scope for this position?
F How do you make it attractive to
the nation’s top medical leaders?
F How do you ensure a successful
Asking these questions will get
the hiring process off to a positive
start (Figure 2).
To put your recruitment on the
right track, consider these three
crucial aspects of hiring your next
1. Establish your priorities. Your
leadership must agree on what
the physician executive’s primary
focus will be and how to define
success after the first year.
Understanding specifically what
this executive needs to accomplish supports the creation of an
effective candidate profile and
allows candidates to understand