Healthcare information technology continues to gain importance as a strategic tool for providers, and there’s more willingness to include clinical IT professionals as part of the team directing technology efforts.

“What organizations are beginning to discern is the importance of clinical IT executives,” said Carla Smith, executive vice president for HIMSS North America. “More organizations are embracing the CIO and the chief medical information officer (CMIO) and chief nursing information officer (CNIO) as a linked team that can take an organization where it needs to go.”

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