When executives at Saint Peter’s Healthcare System decided to hire a full-time chief medical information officer, they recruited a physician from outside of the medical staff.

For several years, the system had filled the position with a local physician, who did it on a part-time basis.  But as plans to transition to a new inpatient electronic health records system took shape, they realized they needed a full-time CMIO, says Frank DiSanzo, chief information and strategy officer at the New Brunswick, N.J.-based system.

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