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Medical Director of IT Services at UW Medicine to Discuss CMIO Role on April 6th

March 6, 2017

Photo of Thomas Payne, MD, FACP, of UW Medicine

The role of a chief medical information officer (CMIO) in a health care organization is the focus of a talk at HSLIC on Thursday, April 6th. The lecture will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education, room 3010.

The CMIO role is somewhat new. It emerged as health care information technology began to evolve, changing the responsibilities of physician leaders in significant ways.

The U.S. government’s call for a nationwide record-keeping system for health records has led to increased use of electronic health records (EHR), or electronic medical records (EMR), in health care systems. A CMIO, sometimes called an “informatics” officer or director, is a health care executive who is responsible for a health care organization’s design, implementation and use of technology.

The speaker is Thomas Payne, MD, FACP, FACMI, RFCP (Edin.). Since 2000, he has served as the Medical Director of IT Services for UW Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. 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.

Dr. Payne’s talk is titled “Observations on the Evolution of the Role of CMIO from 1997 to 2017 and Predictions for the Next Decade.” He will discuss the evolving need and demand for CMIOs, as well as 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. Dr. Payne will answer the question “Has the pendulum swung too far or not enough?”

Previously, Dr. Payne led the installation of the Veterans Administration CPRS Electronic Medical Record at VA Puget Sound in Seattle. In 2000, that facility was awarded the Nicholas E. Davies CPR Recognition Award. He has been elected twice to the board of directors and is now board chair of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh). He also served as chair of an AMIA 2020 Task Force.

Dr. Payne is the author of more than 70 articles in his field and edits the book Operating Clinical Computing Systems in a Medical Center, now in its second edition. His research interests include natural language processing and electronic documentation in electronic health records (EHR).

He attended Stanford University and the University of Washington School of Medicine, completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado and completed a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Harvard Medical Informatics Fellowship program. He is board-certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics.

This lecture is part of HSLIC’s Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series (BioMISS). 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 Gale Hannigan, PhD, at (505) 614-6418.

Visitors to the lecture may park in UNM’s “M” lot at Tucker and Yale and use metered parking. For details about visiting the library, refer to the Health Sciences Center map and HSLIC parking and driving directions.