As is the case in other industries, the role of the CIO in healthcare has evolved from a back-office technology manager to a senior executive responsible for everything from vendor management to change management to strategic leadership. Five key factors will help define the competencies required in the newest iteration, CIO 3.0:

  1. Transformation of the healthcare business model. To help their organizations thrive in the era of value-based reimbursement and population health management, CIOs will need to redesign processes that cross multiple care settings, take clinical decision support to the next level and develop deeper analytics capabilities.
  2. Relentless IT innovation. CIOs will need to educate leaders about EHR vendors, the Internet of Things, social media, mobility and Big Data.
  3. Shift in strategic emphasis. It’s time to move from focusing on large-scale EHR implementation to ROI, which involves extending that EHR investment to support better care and enable population health management.
  4. Stepping up skills and attributes. Higher performance expectations mean CIOs need to hone their ability to innovate, combine vision with results and emphasize speed to value.
  5. IT leadership is a team sport. CIOs will need to collaborate with CISOs, CTOs, CDOs and other senior executives.

Learn more about the qualities and knowledge that healthcare CIOs will require to provide value to their organizations in today’s accountable care environment.

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