The CIO Role Recoded

Recoding the CIO role for Partnership and Business

Some of the greatest challenges lie ahead for CIOs: harnessing data; standardizing platforms, cyber threats and the transition to digital consumer-centric healthcare — all against a backdrop of mergers and acquisitions. To accomplish this, the IT function must pivot from its traditional role in technology to that of business driver of digital care.  Does it sound easy? Not so much, but here are some insights.

Gartner has identified six key priorities for CIOs in the transformation.  Gartner predicts the CIO will become more of a "general manager of digital health focused on innovation, transformation and revenue generation”.  Functioning as a general manager of IT, partnerships will be critical to the CIO. In addition to establishing close partnerships with the CFO, the CIO will be partnering with the CMO, the Chief Marketing Officer, and new, emerging leaders.  We highlight one in particular.

Data is becoming the strategic asset in healthcare.  However, turning data into real-time, predictive insights is a major industry challenge.  To solve it, we see the rise of a new role, the Chief Data Officer or Chief Analytics Officer.

Through 2019, 90% of large organizations will have hired a CDO, but only 50% will be a success.  —Smarter with Gartner: Keys to Success for Chief Data Officers

CIOs: meet your new partner.  With complementary skillsets, the CIO is primarily focused on getting data securely into systems, while the CDO is focused on getting data out of the system, as actionable information, out of the system.

86%of health executives agree that their organizations are basing their most critical systems and strategies on data, yet many have not invested in the capabilities to verify the truth within it. — Accenture’s Digital Health Technology Vision 2018 report


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