Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO)


A Chief Medical Informations Officer is an emerging career field in modern medical facilities that bridges the gap between doctors and information technology. A CMIO takes on the role as a healthcare executive that collaborates with both physicians and clinical IT staff to maintain design efficiency and installations of healthcare related technologies . Generally, CMIO's possess various statuses and responsibilities that range depending on the institution the CMIO is working for. 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 developed from these positions when demand increased for a specialist who possessed both expertise in medical practice and IT experience. Frequently, these positions are filled by medical doctors with a background in information technology, but are increasingly being replaced by new technology professionals that have specialized training in the field of Health Informatics. According to a BLS project published in June of 2014, the rate of growth for a CMIO rose 23%, an average rate faster than most occupations. Due to the infancy and flexibility of the position, the salary ranges for a CMIO vary based upon location, educational background, healthcare facility, and responsibilities of the job. A CMIO 2010 compensation survey demonstrated that the typical salary range was between $180-220K with some CMIOs reaching up to $300K and higher(Alliance, 2011) .

Professional Background:

To be eligible for a CMIO position, a doctorate of medicine is required. The field of medicine can be any of the 35 ACGME board certified positions that range from family practice to neurosurgery. Certifications and Masters degrees in Bioinformatics are also very useful in being qualified for certain areas in the HIT field. In addition to the MD degree and certifications, a 2 year fellowship is also required(
Davis, Richard, Mariam, 2006). These internships can include physicians serving as CIOs of a hospital, being a part of a clinical information technology team, serving as a medical informatics liaison, and a consultant for health information technology. Once the internship has been completed, a board exam in the field is taken. The first board exam for a CMIO was published in October of 2013 that states the physician has a subspeciality in Clinical Informatics. Along with the academic training, a qualified CMIO should also have leadership skills experience. This includes medical management positions such as medical floor operations consultant, patient supervisor, and HIT implementation director.


While a CMIO responsibilities and obligations is variable based upon the facility, the following are the most common areas they are expected to fulfill.

  • Serving as a liaison for both medical and IT departments in a hospital
  • Exercising strong communication skills, ex. relaying messages between IT and medical staff
  • Manage studies focusing on designing and implementing IT systems and infrastructure in the medical facilities
  • Study current trends in health informatics to develop applications that increase efficiency in patient care
  • Manage HIT projects and evaluate progress/objectives
  • Develop standards and regulations in medical terminology and application to increase productivity in patient care
  • Advise local committees on subjects such as health informatics and policy making
  • Possess excellent leadership skills
  • Able to understand and keep up to date with recent advancements in the HIT sector
  • Reform organization to facilitate changes in health information technology


CMIOs focus on multiple areas of health informatics that requires a specialization in both medical practice and health information technology. They're primarily responsible for developing, implementing, and managing medical systems including Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), patient information databases, and diagnostic portfolios. CMIOs must also possess the ability to respond to factors including physician use, patient care, cost, and executive oversight. They're also responsible for integrating vocabulary standards used by physicians, patients, and technologists.

Web Resources:

Sample CMIO Job Description
CMIO Magazine
Assorted Careers

BioInformatic Certification Resources:


Related Terminology:

Currently no other terms in this wiki are related to CMIOs. See the following Wikipedia articles.


Davis, Jonathan, Richard Kremsdof, and Mariam Mohaideen. "The CMIO: A New Leader for Health Systems." (2006). US National Library of Medicine. National Institue of Health. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.
"Chief Medical Information Officer: Job Description and Salary Information." Chief Medical Information Officer: Job Description and Salary Information. University Alliance, 2011. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.
"Bureau of Labor Statistics." Overview of BLS Wage Data by Area and Occupation. Department Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.


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