The digital-first world that has emerged in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the role of CIOs.

For Susan Snedaker, CIO at El Rio Health, a nonprofit health provider based in Tucson, Ariz., showing the business what’s possible and how to achieve its goals through technology has become the cornerstone of the CIO role today.

“The CIO’s role has moved from collaborative partner to strategic leader,” Snedaker said, adding that there are fewer and fewer business initiatives that don’t have technology at the center of the discussion. Having a strategic business thinker as the organization’s top technology officer is imperative in 2022.