Research Article| Volume 10, ISSUE 1, P239-250, March 1990

The Potential Role of Physicians in the Management of Hospital Information Systems

  • Bruce A. Friedman
    Address reprint requests to: Bruce A. Friedman, MD Department of Pathology, M5226/602 Medical Science I, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0602
    Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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      Hospital Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) have begun to create a new executive hospital position called the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Physicians rarely serve in this capacity, although they continue to be well entrenched as directors of departmental systems. Physicians and particularly pathologists would be well qualified to serve as the Chief Medical Information Officer in hospitals with responsibility for utilization review, medical records, and quality assurance. It is evisioned that such a position would be part-time, with the individual continuing to practice in a medical specialty within a department.
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