While we occasionally conducted MIS executive searches during the 1970s, the recent pace has quickened substantially. Healthcare corporations need the MIS executive or CIO to keep the organization technologically and managerially current. Downsizing of acute-care facilities, expansion of outpatient services and creation of new programs have put a premium on current, computer-generated data. Skilled managers must rely on an efficient, flexible data processing department to evaluate options and make decisions about corporate strategy and program development. A presentable, articulate, personable MIS executive is a key ingredient in a successful management team. The position will continue to grow in importance and prominence in the fast-changing healthcare delivery industry.