How does one get a position as a chief medical information officer? What is the average chief medical information officer salary? Normally this position requires a clinical background such as an MD or DO degree. However, depending on the organization, it is not an absolute necessity as we have seen several job postings that do not require a medical education. Other degrees include master’s degrees in technology or other clinical degrees. However, to reach upper management in this position without a clinical background, an MHA degree is absolutely necessary along with experience in HIT within health organizations.
On a regular basis, the average CMIO may evaluate an organization’s IT systems; design and apply EMR/EHR software and applications; convert and analyze medical and health data; insure quality of care across multiple information systems; leverage medical and health data to improve services and daily operations; and train physicians and other medical professionals in IT systems and applications, especially EMR/EHR and computerized physician order entry (CPOE). CMIO’s, depending on their individual areas of expertise and training, may also conduct data analytics for research purposes and report findings to executives, government, or scholarly institutions.
Chief medical information officer salary surveys have been posted from the 2012 CMIO Survey. Here are some key points on chief medical information officer salaries for 2012:
- Over 40% surveyed had salaries between $200,000 and $300,000 per year.
- Nearly 20% had salaries over $300,000.
- Over 25% surveyed said their salary was between $100,000 and $200,000 per year.
- Only 14% had salaries less than $100,000 per year.
This is amazing considering how new this career is within health care settings. CMIOs are increasingly becoming an important position and obviously their salaries are growing as well. An MHA degree will provide you with the skills for upper management positions such as these. If you are interested, please feel free to look through our health administration program directory.
Source: 2012 CMIO Compensation Survey