Recruiting Healthcare CISOs: Keep the Big Picture in Mind

By Nick Giannas

In an information age, the critical importance of information security is just becoming fully realized. The most vigilant organizations in the private and public sector are vulnerable to cyber-threats, as we have seen, and it is well known that healthcare data and information will be a target for hackers and other criminals in the future.

Not surprisingly, the position of healthcare Chief Information Security Officer has mushroomed in significance. It’s a true executive-level position, I recently told Rajiv…



CIOs Can Survive Career Minefields

 

By Chris Wierz

A CIO’s landscape is replete with technology (and career) minefields, and every healthcare CIO should be prepared to navigate through the danger zone. I had the opportunity to moderate a panel discussion during last fall’s CHIME CIO Fall Forum about how CIOs can avoid, or recover from, four of the most dangerous career minefields.

The excellent CHIME session led to an article. I, along with my fellow panelists—Chris Belmont, Vice President and CIO, University of Texas MD Anderson…



Precision Medicine: Who Will Lead?

 

By Hillary Ross

Precision medicine was a late-term focus of the Obama administration, and will remain a national priority as the new regime comes to Washington. The potential benefits number too many to ignore.

As health systems decide on what precision medicine (or personalized medicine) will look like for them, and move toward implementation of that vision, there is a need to recruit strong and innovative leaders. My colleague, Zachary Durst, and I recently had the opportunity to share our thoughts…



The Chief Health Information Officer (CHIO)

By Hillary Ross

The modern healthcare system continues to evolve, bringing accompanying change in the roles of healthcare leaders. One notable addition is the emergence of the Chief Health Information Officer (CHIO)—encompassing the technology and operational focus of the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) with a broader skill set and talent for strategy, transformation, and leadership.  Like the CMIO, the CHIO may still be the liaison between the clinical…



Survey: The Healthcare CNIO Role Gains Respect

By Chris Wierz, Co-Leader, IT Practice

We at Witt/Kieffer have been tracking the role of the chief nursing informatics officer as it has risen to prominence over the past decade. Our industry wide survey in 2011 painted a picture of a position that was just gaining traction, and respect, in hospitals and health systems. The CNIO was increasingly viewed as a critical role in promoting nursing strategy…



The Chief Medical Information Officer – Second Generation

By Hillary Ross

With the successful implementation of electronic health records at most hospitals and health systems, many Chief Medical Information Officers are evolving into even more pivotal and strategic leaders. The EHR and other clinical systems are never fully implemented. There will always be upgrades and enhancements and thus a need for the expertise that a CMIO provides. As responsibilities of the CMIO shift, new titles are emerging,…



What Questions Should Health IT Leaders Ask About Cybersecurity?

By Jim Utterback and Nick Giannas

There has been an explosion in the demand for cybersecurity and the recruitment of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), especially in vulnerable and data-rich industries like healthcare and academic medicine. This demand results from a perfect storm of events and trends that have increased information security risk like never before:

  • The continued proliferation and mass utilization of technology − Going digital comes with consequences for any organization, as anything that is “networkable” can…


As Cybersecurity Concerns Grow, So Does Demand for Healthcare CISOs

By Nick Giannas and Laura Vallone

A by-product of healthcare reform and the shift to a ubiquitous digital environment is the increased risk of cybersecurity threats and attacks. These security issues are real, evolving and can happen to any organization, as has been shown time and again over the past several years. Security breaches have become so common that most experts agree that, for healthcare organizations, it’s not a matter of if a breach will happen, but when. Some say…



New and Expanding Roles in Healthcare IT Leadership

By Pamela Wagner and Beth Nelson

The considerable merger and acquisition activity occurring across healthcare today is creating varied and different new executive opportunities. Within the health IT space alone, several new leadership positions have cropped up in recent years or gained significantly more prominence than in the past.

Today’s consolidating and expanding health systems must gauge whether and how they will integrate these health IT roles into their executive mix—and whether to recruit individuals for all or just a few….



Career Best Practices: Do You Really Want That New Job?

By Nick Giannas, Consultant

Are you sure that you are ready for a new role? For a career change? To move? In almost every search I participate in as an executive recruiter, I encounter candidates who apply for the position without being sure they actually want it. Yes, they are interested in exploring the opportunity, as they usually want the higher salary and greater status…