Becker’s Healthcare has recognized Babatope Fatuyi, MD, chief medical information officer at UTHealth Houston, as one of 56 hospital and health system CMIOs and CNIOs to know in 2023. This national annual list showcases physicians and nurses who identify new technology and integrate it into their organizations for efficient health care delivery. Fatuyi is one of five physicians recognized in Texas and the only one in Houston.
“This recognition is humbling, because there are a lot of CMIOs,” Fatuyi said. “The job I do is fulfilling, and I’m really proud to support doctors and the care teams.”
Fatuyi believes the human factor in a technical world is so critical to remember, and one of the values he incorporates as CMIO.
“The human piece is what makes you pause and appreciate the reason for the work in the first place. It helps you understand the needs of the physicians beyond the EHR and how to support them,” Fatuyi said.
This is the second time Fatuyi has been on the Becker’s Healthcare list but the first time for his contributions at UTHealth Houston. In his current position, he chairs the EHR Governance Taskforce and the organization’s Center for Digital Healthcare Innovation steering committee.
Fatuyi expressed that much credit for this honor goes to his leaders, both above and laterally — Martin Citardi, MD, vice dean for clinical technology, UTHealth Houston; Kevin Dillon, MBA, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, UTHealth Houston; and Andrew Casas, senior vice president of UTHealth Houston and chief operating officer at UT Physicians – as well as being part of The University of Texas System.
“We try to be successful in whatever we do,” Fatuyi said. “It has to be about the patients, faculty practice, and the operations of the university.”
As part of his recognition, Fatuyi will speak at one of Becker’s Healthcare annual meetings in 2024.