Operational CIO vs Strategic CIO

Posted on May 30, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I’ve been thinking and writing about the difference between an operational CIO and a strategic CIO for quite a while. There are far too many operational CIOs in healthcare who just want to make sure that the computers are replaced, the internet is fast and that they have good uptime. I believe CIOs that take this approach are making a mistake because they’re turning themselves into a commodity as opposed to a strategic part of their organization.

If you’re not sure of the difference, David Chou shared this great graphic which illustrates the difference between an operational healthcare CIO vs a strategic healthcare CIO.

Do you think it matters if you’re an operational CIO or a strategic CIO? I look forward to your thoughts in the comments.