Dr. Nishit Patel of Tampa General Hospital and USF Health Honored in Becker’s Hospital Review of Top CMIOs and CNIOs to Know in 2023

Published: Dec 4, 2023

Tampa General’s chief medical informatics officer has been recognized for his contributions to innovative health care technology.


Tampa, FL (Dec. 4, 2023) – Tampa General Hospital (TGH) is proud to announce that Dr. Nishit Patel, vice president and chief medical informatics officer at Tampa General Hospital, vice president of Medical Informatics for USF Tampa General Physicians, and professor in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, has been honored in Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of the top CMIOs and CNIOs to know in 2023.


“Dr. Patel’s fierce commitment to leveraging technology in medical practice has enhanced patient outcomes and elevated the comprehensive quality of care at Tampa General,” said John Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital. “As a leading academic health system, we must deploy innovation across our organization to deliver world-class care and propel future discovery. Dr. Patel’s leadership and innovative use of technology make that possible and are critical to our success. We are proud to see him receive this prestigious award.”


Patel plays a critical role in developing and implementing information technology and informatics initiatives at Tampa General to improve clinical quality, patient safety and clinician efficiency. His work includes providing “physician to physician” technology support, design, consultation and training across inpatient and ambulatory providers of all specialties. Patel also leads the organization’s artificial intelligence strategy and AI governance committee and is a key leader in developing and supporting Tampa General’s virtual care strategy.


Bringing over a decade of health care experience to Tampa General, Patel is a practicing dermatologist for USF Health and is double board-certified in dermatology and clinical informatics. He helps clinicians recognize areas where improvements can be made in the delivery of care and has implemented this approach to enable early cancer detection.


Patel has led several key initiatives at the academic health system, including the deployment of video-based language translation services, implementation of a systemwide secure clinical messaging platform, replacement of lab information systems and the transition to full medical record transparency as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. He was also integral in Tampa General’s and USF Health’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, rapidly deploying a telehealth strategy throughout the system that provided 100,000 virtual visits in the first six months of the pandemic.


In addition to his accomplishments at the academic health system, Patel holds several leadership positions, including being a professor at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, a member of the 2022 Leadership Florida Connect Class, past president of the Florida Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery and an inductee to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

“I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from Becker’s Hospital Review and grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of health care technology at Tampa General Hospital,” Patel said. “I look forward to continuing our efforts to enhance patient care through innovation and collaboration.”

Becker’s Hospital Review is a leading source of hospital business news and analysis for the health care industry. The list highlights exceptional nurse and physician leaders who have taken a lead in clinical informatics, acting as key liaisons between clinical and IT teams to ensure technology is beneficial for clinical workflows and implemented appropriately. Honorees lead growing teams and spearhead digital transformation projects revolutionizing health care delivery.

Patel and the remainder of this year’s honorees are profiled online here.