Browse Definitions :
Definition

Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO)

Contributor(s): Dennis Shiao

Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) is a strategic, executive-level position responsible for managing health informatics and information management (IT) strategies. Organizations hiring a CHIO typically look for a physician who can combine health IT expertise with strong leadership skills to transform a healthcare organization by using data to improve health outcomes, drive down costs and empower patients.

The Chief Health Informatics officer is an evolution of the chief medical information officer (CMIO). The CMIO oversees the adoption and management of health IT systems, such as electronic health records (EHR) and computerized physician order entries (CPOE). Now that the deployment of EHR is complete at most hospitals, the CMIO role is evolving from operational to strategic, with a focus on innovation.

In some hospitals, the CMIO's job title has evolved to CHIO. In other cases, a CMIO reports to the newly created CHIO position. The CHIO, in turn, typically reports to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) or Chief Operations Officer (COO), although reporting structures vary across organizations. 

The CHIO's job often has some overlap with the CMIO's job, including the selection, deployment and management of health IT systems. The CHIO, however, is tasked with being a strategic thinker and visionary who curates and analyzes large data sets to drive down costs and promote patient empowerment.

The CHIO role exists in healthcare organizations, such as hospitals and health systems. One notable example of the CHIO role is at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In 2018, CMS created a chief health informatics officer position.

This was last updated in August 2019

Continue Reading About Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO)

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchCompliance

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

  • PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard)

    The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a widely accepted set of policies and procedures intended to ...

  • risk management

    Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization's capital and earnings.

SearchSecurity

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • call tree

    A call tree is a layered hierarchical communication model that is used to notify specific individuals of an event and coordinate ...

  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

    Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third party to provide ...

  • cloud disaster recovery (cloud DR)

    Cloud disaster recovery (cloud DR) is a combination of strategies and services intended to back up data, applications and other ...

SearchStorage

Close