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Chief Medical Informatics Officer

Job ID 114481 Date Posted 11/11/2021
San Diego, California
  • Sharp HealthCare
  • ISD Administration
  • Day Job
  • Full-Time
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Chief Medical Informatics Officer – Sharp HealthCare


The Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) reports to the SVP Chief Information and Innovation Officer (SVP CIIO) and serves as the senior level physician executive accountable for the adoption of medical information systems and medical informatics, the integration of information science, computer science and health care (to support quality patient care).

The CMIO will collaborate with the SVP CIIO and senior IS Leadership in providing vision and fulfilling the medical informatics strategy for the system. This position serves as a consultant to the organization and affiliated physicians, providing education and assistance in maximizing advanced clinical systems. In addition, this position stays abreast of developments from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) relative to documentation and performance monitoring and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) ambulatory billing guidance.

The CMIO is accountable for working directly with the SVP CIIO and senior IS Leadership, advising on clinical information systems throughout SHC. Particularly, the clinical information systems activities will include working collaboratively with physicians to organize user requirements to support design, implementation and adoption of all clinical system applications.

This position takes a leadership role in IS to ensure the optimal balance between functionality, performance and stability. This position monitors community and health care advanced clinical information system needs and provides leadership to ensure

SHC adoption of these is consistent. This position will monitor HHS definition of "Meaningful Use" criteria of electronic medical records systems to ensure SHC clinical information systems are meeting criteria. This position provides innovative ways to use clinical information technology to improve patient safety, outcomes and clinical efficiency and is held accountable to SHC leadership in fulfilling these goals.

This position will coordinate with the SVP CIIO and its other direct reports regarding compliance with IS architecture, quality control, installation, ongoing support and enhancement needs.

The CMIO must have the technical, clinical relationship building and managerial skills to provide leadership and direction to the development of advanced clinical systems. This includes such areas as staying abreast of current and future IS technologies and directions, providing technical direction and oversight to complex information system projects, the ability to formulate and communicate clinical information systems vision both within the IS organization and elsewhere in the Sharp system. The incumbent must have a clear understanding of Sharp HealthCare's strategic direction and a thorough understanding of the integration and functional requirements of Sharp Hospitals, Health Plans, and Medical Groups.

Clinical time: The incumbent will spend at least four (4) days of the week in these information technology activities and may engage the remaining day (1) in clinical duties to both maintain clinical skills and active staff privileges.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience as a physician leader with progressive leadership responsibilities.
  • Experience in medical informatics, clinical systems implementation, process re-design and change management associated with introduction of IT to clinical culture, familiarity with products and medical informatics trends and tools.
  • Practical experience to design and implement systems within the framework of technical boundaries.
  • Experienced in quality, performance improvement and outcomes management.
    • Experience in leading challenging organizational change preferably including the implementation of an electronic medical record system across a multi-facility organization. 


  • M.D. or D.O. required
  • Advanced training in medical management and informatics preferred.

Essential Functions: (partial list)

System Management/ Development

  • Develops and/or leads Medical Informatics and clinical information system training programs for various levels and types of physicians.
  • Establishes effective mechanisms to keep the organization apprised of the industry status and growing impact of clinical information systems and Medical Informatics methods and techniques.
  • Chairs the Evidence-based Medicine Council and other Physician Advisory Groups.
  • Collaborates with the Vice President-Clinical Applications on patient care systems, innovation and adoption strategy.
  • Coordinates activities with Vice President-Clinical Informatics and Chief Nursing Informatics Officer.


  • Responsible to the SVP CIIO for guidance on the direction, planning and progress of clinical information systems incorporating relevant Medical Informatics methods and techniques.
  • Leads and participates in various levels of clinical information system planning, procurement, design, deployment, use and support.
  • Serves as the lead advocate for physicians and Advanced Practice Providers (APP) including Physician Assistants (P.A.-C) and Nurse Practitioners (N.P.) in the use of advanced clinical information systems and relevant Informatics methods and techniques.
  • Guides clinical documentation improvement efforts at SHC and establishes physician strategies to improve accuracy, specificity, and completeness of the patients’ clinical care in the electronic medical record.
  • Engages physicians, clinicians, administration, health information management and information systems professionals to design and fully incorporate the use of clinical information systems and relevant Informatics methods and techniques.
  • Serves on the IT Executive Committee and participates in the Sharp HealthCare IT Sub Committee of the Board.
  • Participates in the planning, selection, implementation, and performance assessment of clinical information systems.
  • Improves clinician adoption, acceptance and usage of information technology while enhancing physician satisfaction with the clinical information system and develops programs to encourage and ensure clinician adoption of the EMR.
  • Models the Sharp Experience with other physicians and holds them accountable for their behavior.

Program Management

  • Responsible for the leadership and direction of the Medical Informatics department.
  • Supervises and is responsible for goal setting and performance management of the Director Medical Informatics.
  • Leads the development and implementation of operational indicators intended to demonstrate divisional performance in relation to customer needs.

Leadership and Communication

  • Collaborates with the Vice President Clinical Applications on patient care systems, innovation and adoption strategy.
  • Participates in the planning, selection, and performance assessment of clinical information systems.
  • Continually develops clinician champions to support successful rollout and adoption of clinical information systems.

Financial Management

  • Responsible for annual capital and operating budgets for assigned cost centers. Develops annual budgets and recommends the staffing and related resources needed to support the medical information technology strategies and system group.
  • Monitors ongoing compliance with rules and regulations as set forward by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) as it pertains to Medical Informatics
  • Ensure cost effective solutions are evaluated, justified and provided as required.

Quality of Service

  • Integrates evidenced-based practices across the continuum of care by facilitating development of clinical information system tools. (The primary purpose of these tools is to improve quality by eliminating unnecessary variation).
  • Utilizes appropriate quality measures and standards to evaluate clinical effectiveness.
  • Assists in creating an institutional culture that promotes patient safety and high standards of ethical conduct.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Expertise in process improvement, data analysis and the use of information systems to develop and support outcome measurement and management desirable.
  • Established track record of accomplishments in management, particularly involving successful, collaborative work with physicians.
  • Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to measure performance and identify goals, assemble and lead effective teams, and achieve and maintain successful implementation.
  • Understanding of basic system architecture, data standards in clinical systems, basic software terminology and basic syntax and medical terminology.
  • Must be able to calmly and professionally respond to frequent deadlines for reports and related tasks, and to prepare work and presentations on short notice.
  • Politically astute and effective at negotiation and building consensus.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong consulting skills and adept at educating and involving physicians in information technology initiatives.
  • Possess good understanding of clinical workflow in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Strong leader with a mature sense of priorities and solid practical experience.
  • Systems thinker with strong analytical and organizational skills. High tolerance for ambiguity and can work successfully with the hospitals, individually and collectively.
  • A collaborative team player who promotes the concepts of people working together versus individual performance.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and works effectively with diverse personalities. Must be approachable, show respect for others and be able to present data with effective communication and presentation skills.
  • Change agent who understands and embraces new technologies to ultimately improve patient care.
  • Thorough knowledge of HealthCare Information Systems and of legal, ethical, management and organizational principles and standards for health systems information systems security in the State of California.
  • Actively promotes the Sharp vision, mission and strategic plan.
  • Strives to exceed expectations through the application of good project management skills, both internally and externally.
  • Strategic and visionary with a track record of success.

Compensation and Benefits:

The position provides a very competitive compensation, including opportunity to participate in a management bonus incentive program along with a generous benefit package.

About Sharp HealthCare ~

Sharp HealthCare is a not-for-profit integrated regional health care delivery system based in San Diego, California. Sharp includes four acute care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, two affiliated medical groups, a health plan, plus a full spectrum of other facilities and services. Serving a population of approximately 3 million in San Diego County, Sharp has more than 19,000 employees and 3,000 affiliated physicians on medical staffs, and operates 1,850 beds.

  • Sharp HealthCare was chosen as one of Computerworld's 100 "Best Places to Work in IT" for 2020.
  • Sharp HealthCare was recognized by the San Diego Business Journal's Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards as the region's top large public company for diversity, equity and inclusion.
  •   Voters in the 2020 San Diego Union-Tribune Readers Poll named Sharp among "San Diego's Best" in hospital    group and nine other areas.

The Sharp Experience is our unique, system wide commitment to transforming the health care experience in San Diego by becoming the best place to work, practice medicine and receive care.

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Sharp HealthCare is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.  

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