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New report looks at typical CIO job description specifics

April 15, 2014
Healthcare Consulting By LW Consulting Inc.

As the importance of technological growth in healthcare becomes more apparent, the truth behind how we support our CIOs and who we appoint to these positions will continue to be important. A group called ssi-Search recently published a paper on the typical factors observable in the CIO, as well as what this might mean about where the position will develop.

The report parses out several of the noticeable statistics that pertain to CIOs, as derived from "almost 200 CIOs." The picture painted from this sample size is not an extraordinarily diverse one: More than 80 percent were male, and more than 60 percent had a master's degree.

But more interesting was the focus of these CIOs on the resources they will need to succeed in their position. Nearly 29 percent of those surveys listed resources as a key focus for them in their job.

The report concludes with some predictions regarding where the CIO position could go next.

"Looking ahead the progressive CIO will be engaged with the clinical side of the business as well as strategically engaged with the key leaders in the health system on initiatives such as managing the health of the population," it reads.

It's not just the medical industry where CEOs stand to make big gains: a study from Gartner and cited by the Wall Street Journal recently cited this kind of professional particularly as a key actor in the drive toward business development in the future. The findings indicate that technical expertise is valuable on all levels and in all industries.

Wherever the true value of medical professionals lie for your company, you can look to sustain the work that they oversee with helpful healthcare consulting services. These can give you legal and procedural aid in how best to achieve your compliance goals.