Leadership and Board of Directors
HIMSS Analytics is driven by an esteemed roster of industry and subject matter experts. Our ability to fulfill our mission and vision is due in part to those who lead the organization.
John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS
Executive Vice President, Organizational Services
John joined HIMSS in 2008 as Vice President, Healthcare Organization Services, where he led the HIMSS organizational affiliate program that allows healthcare providers to join HIMSS as corporate members to help foster and grow IT professional identity throughout the organization. He also managed the HIMSS Senior IT Executive community, where senior-level leaders can connect with each other, contribute to HIMSS objectives and advocacy positions and continue to develop their professional careers through learning. Read More
In 2010, John advanced to Executive Vice President, and is responsible for providing executive leadership and direction to HIMSS Analytics and other HIMSS departments focused on services or companies and organizations. John reports to HIMSS President & CEO H. Stephen Lieber.
Throughout his healthcare career, John has been instrumental in defining business and IT strategy as well as selecting, implementing and integrating mission-critical healthcare information systems across the enterprise. Before joining HIMSS, John served in Senior Management and Chief Information Officer positions with various healthcare organizations and consultancy practices, including: IBM Healthlink Services; Martha Jefferson Health Services in Charlottesville, Va.; and First Data Health Systems Group.
John holds a BS/BA in Economics from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and an MHA from St. Louis University in Missouri. He is a HIMSS Fellow and a Fellow and active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
John H. Daniels, CNM, FACHE, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, CHPS
Vice President, Strategic Relations, HIMSS
John H. Daniels is Vice President of Strategic Relations at HIMSS. He brings a wealth of expertise in healthcare program management with specializations in hospital administration and healthcare information technology. In his current role, Daniels leverages his relationship-building abilities to forge valuable partnerships with industry executives, grow organizational and corporate engagement, lead the HIMSS Senior Executive engagement strategy, and support HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model validation activities. He is actively involved in every stage of program development, from devising strategic approaches for outreach, marketing, and communications to ensuring members receive the full value of membership benefits. Read More
Daniels is also active in teaching others about healthcare IT issues and trends serving on the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Board of Governors Examination Review Course faculty and having served as Adjunct Professor for the graduate program in health administration at Pfeiffer University.
Before joining HIMSS, Daniels served as Senior VP and CIO at Evolvent Technologies, Inc., and as Vice Chair and Financial Director on the HIMSS Board of Directors. Previously, Daniels served as CIO at the U.S. Air Force Academy Hospital, VP of IT Operations for Harris County Hospital District, and in other healthcare positions throughout his career.
Daniels holds a BS in Computer Science from West Texas A&M University and a MS in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University. He is a HIMSS and ACHE Fellow.
Senior Vice President, HIMSS Analytics
Former CEO of CapSite, a Burlington, VT based healthcare technology research and advisory firm acquired by HIMSS Analytics, Mr. Newton has more than a decade of experience in the healthcare technology industry. Read More
He has held leadership roles in finance, solutions management, and operations in the US and internationally at companies including IDX Systems Corporation (now GE Healthcare) and Allscripts. Mr. Newton currently has overall responsibility for strategic direction and operations for HIMSS Analytics product and service offerings. Mr. Newton holds a B.S. in Business from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo.
Lorren Pettit, MS MBA
Vice President, Market Research
In his current role as Vice President, Market Research, Lorren works with an expert team offering clients strategic guidance toward achieving sustainable growth and market leadership positioning. Before joining HIMSS Analytics in 2011, he served as Managing Consultant with Press Ganey Associates, Inc. working with hospital executives throughout Canada and the United States on efforts to improve relationships between administrators and physicians/employees. Read More
Lorren has been a health care strategist for more than twenty years, with experience in health care operations and corporate planning. He has held strategic planning roles in various acute and non-acute health care settings, as well as within the hospital group purchasing and hospital services industries.
His extensive background and experience provides a solid foundation for his current role. Examples include counseling senior executives in over 300 U.S. and Canadian hospitals, leading the market demand and strategic planning fon behalf of various organizations, launching new products and services, developing and executing multiple marketing plans and playing a key role in responding to a US Senate subcommittee on hospital GPO practices.
A native of Canada, Lorren completed his undergraduate work at the University of Winnipeg before completing a Masters of Science in Gerontology from Baylor University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Dallas. He currently serves on the faculty of Indiana University teaching Medical Sociology and Gerontology.
Board of Directors
Allana is Chief Information Officer at Northeast Georgia Health System in Gainesville, Georgia, where she oversees the information technology, clinical informatics and telecommunications departments. Allana has served as CIO since March 2010. Prior to joining the Northeast Georgia team, she served as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Children’s Omaha where she was responsible for information technology, health information management and business process improvement. Read More
During Allana's career, the teams she has worked with have received national recognition for efforts in implementing electronic medical records and other technologies to advance the safety of patient care including: Information Week 500 award (2009), Most Wired (2009), ECRI Health Devices Safety Award (2008), InfoWorld 100 award (2007), and Most Wired Most Improved (2006 & 2005), Advance Magazine National HIM Team of the Year 2006 at Children’s Omaha and National HILM Team of the Year Runner-up (2005) at Children’s Atlanta.
Allana holds a BS degree in Organization Leadership from Mercer University in Atlanta and an Executive MBA from the Ken Blanchard College of Business at Grand Canyon University. In addition, Allana is a certified professional in healthcare information and management systems (CPHIMS), Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) and has also earned her project management professional (PMP) certification.
Adrienne Edens, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO is Vice President and CIO for the East Bay Region of the Sutter Health system in Northern California. The Information Systems organization at Sutter is significantly centralized with common systems in use across the five regions and continuing consolidation through Sutter Health Shared Services. Business Office and HIM functions are in the process of migrating from the regions to Shared Services, with HR and Finance scheduled for 2014. A single EHR is being rolled out across the regions; the East Bay completed implementation in April of 2012. The region is now focused on optimization and implementing lean processes to support improved care coordination and to achieve the vision of One Sutter across the enterprise. Read More
Ms. Edens has over 25 years of healthcare information systems experience. As the CIO for St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho, she engaged the organization in developing a physician led strategy for the electronic medical record to consolidate EHRs from 14 to one. This approach provided the means to integrate a widely distributed system of hospitals, physician offices, clinics and rural critical access hospitals. While at St. Luke’s she served as a member of the board of the state wide HIE, the Idaho Health Data Exchange. As the Information Officer for National Health Plan systems for Kaiser Permanente she led the program to achieve compliance with Medicare Part D for the Kaiser regions and developed the first deductible plan capabilities for the California regions. As Regional CIO for the Sacramento Region and Information Officer, Northern California for Catholic Healthcare West, Ms. Edens managed the process of integrating systems for hospitals joining the region and developing and implementing IT strategic plans and shared systems for multiple regions within CHW.
Prior to these positions she served as Practice Director, Pacific Northwest, for First Consulting Group where she led a number of strategic IT planning engagements, vendor selections, contract negotiations and application implementation projects for healthcare financial and clinical systems.
Her background also includes experience as a consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co., and as Product Manager for clinical systems development and Director of Implementation for system projects to support 90 hospitals and associated divisional and corporate users at American Medical International.
Adrienne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of California at Davis, and a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She is a charter member and past Board member of CHIME and is a member of the Board of HIMSS Analytics.
Heck has over 35 years of healthcare information technology experience. This includes consulting and sourcing skills in the provider, payer and life sciences segments of the healthcare industry. Due to his reputation for specializing in technology planning, executive advisory services, outsourcing agreements and benchmarking, many of the country’s leading healthcare organizations seek his leadership and advice with investment, planning and deployment strategies. Heck has functioned in a variety of executive leadership roles at professional services firms including CEO, President and Partner. He has also served as an expert witness on numerous IT related litigation cases. During the last thirty plus years, he has worked with dozens of the most sophisticated health systems in the country. Read More
Heck started his career as a software engineer, designer and project manager. He joined Price Waterhouse as a Senior Consultant in 1977 and moved into the healthcare practice in 1979. Steven became one of the first industry specialist Partners in 1985 and was responsible for all healthcare consulting services in the Great Lakes Region. Steven joined First Consulting Group (FCG) as a Regional Vice President and stayed with the firm for nearly twenty years as EVP, COO, President and Interim CEO. FCG grew from $6M in annual revenue to $275M during his tenure there. In 1997, CHIME was surveyed and 43% of provider CIO’s identified FCG as the best IT planning firm in the industry. FCG was named the “Best in KLAS” professional services firm in 2005. Since 2007, Steven has stayed very active as an expert witness in major outsourcing litigations; with performance improvement projects; and as a client services partner transitioning application portfolios to meet ARRA requirements.
Heck continues active Board service with the Scottsdale Institute and HIMSS Analytics. He has a passion for effective IT Governance and a strong belief that technology related investments must yield more obvious and quantifiable benefits in the future. He is also a frequent speaker at Scottsdale Institute, HIMSS, CHIME and the Outsourcing Congress.
Rick Schooler, FHIMSS, FCHIME, FACHE, MBA
Vice President & CIO
Rick Schooler joined Orlando Health in October, 2001 as Vice President/Chief Information Officer. His current areas of responsibility include Information Technology, Telecommunications, Clinical Informatics, BioMedical Engineering, Supply Chain, Retail Pharmacy and a Group Purchasing Organization. Prior to joining Orlando Health, he was the Vice President and CIO for Central Georgia Health System. From 1991 to 1994, Rick served as Director of Systems Integration for the Methodist Hospital of Indiana. His previous employers also include Ameritech, General Dynamics, and Computer Systems Corporation. Read More
Rick earned his Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis and his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Technology from Purdue University.
Rick is a member of the following professional organizations: American College of Healthcare Executives (Fellow), College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (Fellow and former Board Member) and the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (Fellow and Board Member.)
Rick currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for the Homeless (Orlando, Florida) and the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS.) He is also a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Purdue University College of Technology (department of Computer and Information Technology,) the KLAS CIO Advisory Board, the Healthcare Informatics magazine Editorial Board and the University of Central Florida Regional Extension Center (REC) advisory board.
Richard (Rick) Skinner
Rick is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Cancer Care Ontario. Cancer Care Ontario is the provincial agency responsible for improving cancer and other chronic disease services. Rick is a healthcare IT Executive with more than 25 years’ experience in healthcare information systems, including positions as the CIO for hospitals and health systems, an insurance company, a medical research laboratory, and has worked as a consultant and as project manager for the development and implementation of the Department of Defense’s global medical information system. Read More
Rick is a former Director at Navigant Consulting, a global professional services firm specializing in healthcare and litigation support. Previously, he was Vice President – IS and CIO for the Providence Health System, a multi-state health system operating hospitals, physician practices, a health insurance company, home health and other healthcare businesses. Rick formed a new company to consolidate and standardize IT infrastructure, implemented advanced clinical systems, and standardized the organization’s business systems, all contributing to Providence’s excellent financial performance and clinical quality reputation.
Rick was also an Army officer, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, after leading the Army’s healthcare IT initiatives as a program manager as well as in different Army CIO roles. He is an author and frequent speaker on healthcare information technology and has been a leader in US national organizations such as the College for Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.
He was the recipient in 1994 of the Healthcare Information Executives Forum, Crystal Award for Excellence. Most recently, he received the John Gall Award for Healthcare CIO of the Year at the 2002 HIMSS Conference.