“Director of Clinical Informatics”– without clinical or informatics backgrounds

I’m interested in receiving examples of “Director of Clinical Informatics”, “VP of Informatics” or similar Job Descriptions that are lacking a requirement for clinical or informatics education or experience (as opposed to traditional management information systems backgrounds).

I want to compile a set of examples to serve as a reference on this practice, and possibly to link to outcomes at some future date.
In continuation of a pattern I noted a decade ago (link), I receive solicitations for hospital “Director of Clinical Informatics” positions that require neither clinical nor informatics training or experience, instead calling only for traditional business/MIS backgrounds.


I consider such positions possibly harmful, and certainly not helpful, to hospitals and clinicians due to its putting incumbents in such positions outside their core competencies.

I raise the possibility that organizations and journals that provide information and management consulting to hospital I.S. departments are in part responsible.

In the example here just received yesterday, the qualifications for “the Director of Clinical Informatics” are a “BS with major in IT or provider related field such as accounting/finance, related MBA, IT program level management experience.” I doubt those with formal clinical and informatics credentials would even be considered.

I’m interested in receiving other examples of this type of “Director of Clinical Informatics” or similar Job Descriptions to serve as a reference on this practice.

Please email to me (sms88 AT drexel dot e-d-u). I will post them in a directory on my university server.



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