Roles of health executives evolve as IT increases in importance

Options for hospital CIOs who want to advance their careers and round out their professional skills continue to emerge as technology becomes more of a priority in healthcare, Bonnie Siegel, a healthcare IT recruiter for executive search firm Witt/Kiefer, writes in this week. Siegel examines the qualifications for three different healthcare IT positions: a leader at a health information exchange; a VP/CIO for multiple medical groups and their ambulatory IT; and a medical school CIO. "The federal government, through HHS and ONC, has granted [more than $500 million] to 56 states and territories for [HIE] development," Siegel writes. "Leadership titles can vary ... but these positions are evolving and the model is still being formed." Post

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