Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO)


Chief Medical Information Officers are emerging positions in modern medical facilities that bridge the gap between doctors and technology. The position is an executive one that has a large role in the organization's affairs by managing medical information. CMIOs have various structures and responsibilities from organization to organization. Some report directly to Chief Executive Operators (CEOs) while others report to Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Medical Officers (CMOs), General Medical Officers (GMOs), or Chief Operating Officer (COOs). The position evolved from these positions when a need arose for specialists who had an understanding of both IT and Medical roles of the CIO and CMO respectively. Frequently, these positions are filled by medical doctors with a background and knowledge in technology, but are increasingly being taken up by new technology professionals that have specialized training in the field of Health Informatics. Because this field is still growing, not yet clearly defined and due to the highly specialized and sensitive nature of the position, CMIOs can earn salaries of between $50-400k per year.


While CMIO responsibilities and skill sets vary from job to job, the following are among the more common and universal areas they are expected to fulfill.

  • Serve as a liaison between medical and technical departments and executive leadership
  • Exercise strong communication skills, especially in the area of relaying messages between IT and medical staff
  • Head studies for the design and integration of IT systems and infrastructure in the medical department
  • Study trends in health informatics to develop applications that increase efficiency in patient care
  • Manage projects and change
  • Develop standards and "rules" in medical terminology and application to increase efficiency in patient care
  • Advise steering committees on subject of health informatics and policymaking within the organization
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills
  • Management leadership and politically savvy
  • Understands the modern health field and its direction
  • Reform organization to facilitate changes in technology


CMIOs deal with many areas of health informatics that require a specialization in both the medical and technology fields. They are responsible for developing, implementing, and managing medical systems including Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), patient databases, and other Health IT initiatives. They must be able to respond to factors including physician use, patient care, cost, and executive oversight. They are also responsible for the integration of standards in vocabulary and application by physicians, patients, and technologists. As such they must have specialization within the health and IT fields.

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Sample CMIO Job Description

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