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Nursing Information Officers: Newest Health IT Leaders

Wednesday, 22 February 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sam Bruinewoud
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(from Information Week)

Does your organization have a chief nursing informatics officer (CNIO)? If not, chances are you'll need one.

The prevalence and role of CNIOs have been on an uptick, especially as hospitals, healthcare systems, and other providers are rolling out health technology for participation in Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act Meaningful Use programs and other initiatives.

A 2011 Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) leadership survey found that just 8% of organizations had CNIOs. However, with 80% of healthcare organizations having some form of electronic health record (EHR) by 2013, the need for these new leaders will rise, said Mary Beth Mitchell, CNIO at Texas Health Resources, a nonprofit healthcare organization which operates 14 hospitals.


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