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New hospital CEOs tend to be outsiders, were rarely CIOs

Brian Eastwood | Aug. 21, 2014
Look at the hospital C-suite moves made so far in 2014 and you'll see that facilities tend to hire outside candidates for CEO and promote the COO if they do look internally. They all but ignore the CIO when filling the corner office -- but that might actually be a sign of respect.

In addition, only one of the 384 personnel moves thus far in 2014 involved the promotion of a CIO to the role of CEO. This isn't necessarily because CIOs can't handle the top job but, rather, because of the importance in building healthcare IT infrastructure, Clifton says. The CIO is "a key role to have in place."

Finally, Billian's saw little activity regarding healthcare CISOs and CSOs, though Clifton says this will likely change as hospitals segment their technology roles. The same was true for clinical informatics roles, she adds, but that's due in part to the multitude of titles used to describe that particular role.


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