The role of a chief medical information officer (CMIO) in a health care organization is the focus of a talk scheduled for Thursday, April 6, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education, room 3010, on UNM North Campus.

A CMIO, sometimes called an “informatics” officer or director, is a health care executive responsible for a health care organization’s design, implementation and use of technology. The CMIO role emerged as health care information technology – like electronic health records or electronic medical records – began to evolve, changing the responsibilities of physician leaders in significant ways.

Thomas Payne, MD, will present, “Observations on the Evolution of the role of CMIO from 1997 to 2017 and Predictions for the Next Decade,” about the evolving need and demand for CMIOs and the growth of corresponding roles, such as chief clinical informatics officer, chief nursing informatics officer, chief process and innovation officer and chief health information officer.

Payne has served as medical director of IT Services at the University of Washington in Seattle since 2000. He also is a professor of medicine and an adjunct professor in Health Services and in Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education. In addition, he is an attending physician in medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center.

This lecture is free and open to the public as part of UNM's Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center (HSLIC) Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series. Since 2004, HSLIC has hosted this program to stimulate interest in biomedical informatics and provide the UNM Health Sciences Center community with a forum for discussion on salient topics in biomedical informatics. Informatics is the science of managing information for health care, research, education and administration by applying, integrating and evaluating information technology. For more information, contact MaryLou Seyl at MSeyl@salud.unm.edu or (505) 272-2730.