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CMS is looking for its first Chief Health Informatics Officer

Chris Nerney
Chris Nerney, Contributing Writer |
CMS is looking for its first Chief Health Informatics Officer

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for a candidate to fill the new position of chief health informatics officer (CHIO) and guide the federal agency’s health IT strategy and interoperability initiatives.
CMS said the successful CHIO candidate “will develop requirements and content for health-related information technology with an initial focus on innovation and interoperability.”
In a tweet announcing the job posting, Jon White, MD, deputy national coordinator for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), wrote, “Been working on this for a few months. It's kind of a big deal.”
Indeed, CMS and ONC have been collaborating over the past year to push for greater healthcare interoperability. Last week, for example,  CMS unveiled a Data Element Library to facilitate interoperability, while ONC in April posted an online guide designed to help patients access their health data.
Earlier this year, ONC launched an interactive API education module for healthcare developers. APIs can help providers and patients overcome technological barriers to secure data- and resource-sharing, making the healthcare system more effective and efficient.
Specific responsibilities of the CHIO include:

  • Developing health IT and information management strategy for CMS and HHS as it impacts the mission of CMS
  • Working with internal and external stakeholders to determine how CMS will apply health informatics methods and standards to IT and business solutions
  • Providing subject matter expertise for health IT information management and technology innovation policy
  • Supervising, directing, and coordinating the work of subordinate staff
  • Acting as a liaison between CMS and private industry stakeholders to lead innovation and help inform CMS health IT and information management policy and operations

Salary range for the federal position is $134,789 to $164,200 per year. Candidates have until July 20 to apply.