Chief information officers believe they would be more effective if they reported directly to the chief executive officer, but only 29% of those at individual hospitals do, according to a survey by the College of Information Management Executives and First Consulting Group. Thirty-seven percent reported to the chief financial officer, according to the survey, a traditional reporting structure probably reflecting information technology's initial use in financial operations. The remainder of the individual hospital CIOs reported to the chief operating officer, chief medical officer or other official. System CIOs more frequently reported directly to the CEO (49%). Twenty-nine percent reported to the COO, about 14% to the CFO, and the remainder had other reporting structures. The survey drew responses from 43 hospital CIOs and 37 system CIOs.
It also found that CIOs aren't routinely included on quality and performance improvement committees, with 51% being members of such committees. About 20% of the CIOs did not contribute to the activities of the quality or performance committee at all. -- by Joseph Conn