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Allana Cummings 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.
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 Bachelor of Science 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, is Vice President and CIO for St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho. St. Luke’s is an integrated delivery network comprising 5 hospitals (over 800 beds) and approximately 300 provider-based physicians. St. Luke’s Health System is a non-profit organization providing a wide variety of health care services to residents of South Central and South West Idaho, Eastern Oregon and Northern Nevada. The system has received numerous awards and recognition for quality and patient satisfaction. Boise and Meridian were named a 2009 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospitals: National Benchmarks winner. St. Luke’s were the only Idaho hospitals to make the list, and one of only four in the West. St. Luke’s is one of only 13 hospitals nationwide to have made the list seven or more times. In 2006, St. Luke’s Boise/Meridian was re-designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as southern Idaho’s only Magnet hospital.
St. Luke’s Boise/Meridian has received Idaho’s Consumer Choice award and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation (NRC) for the ninth time. St. Luke’s has received this designation from NRC annually since 2001. This year St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) was selected by the National Cancer Institute to expand research and care to underserved populations, particularly in rural communities. As a Community Cancer Centers Program contract recipient, St. Luke’s MSTI will receive $5 million to address ways to reduce health care disparities and improve overall quality of care.
Ms. Edens has over 25 years of healthcare information systems experience. 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 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 a long-term member of HIMSS.
R. Scott Holbrook has over 35 years experience in healthcare IT. He has been with both vendor and healthcare provider organizations and is best known for a stream of successful operations, dedicated employees, sterling customer relationships, and do-it-together leadership. As the Executive Vice President of Medicity, he is responsible for all customer experiences in a company that provides health care web products to RHIOs, IDNS, large laboratories, payers, hospitals and clinics.
Mr. Holbrook built a multiple hospital system at Intermountain Health Care called MedSeries and was the thought leader and a key executive at Sunquest during the 1990’s. He is one of the founders and owners of KLAS and founded a consulting and web services/integration firm. Mr. Holbrook is currently a member of the HIMSS Enterprise Solution Committee and the HIMSS Analytics Board.
Prior to Medicity, Mr. Holbrook was a cofounder of Park City Solutions (1998-2004), Inc. which was a healthcare IT consulting firm. He led the company’s overall business development, sales, and marketing efforts and managed the acquisition of the web portal division by Medicity in early 2006. In a turnaround experience, Mr. Holbrook was the Executive Vice President/COO of Integrated Medical Networks (IMN) – an Oracle-based Hospital Information System company. In 18 months it went from nearly no revenue to $15M and was sold to Quadramed in 1998.
A seasoned healthcare management executive, Steve Lieber brings to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) over 27 years of experience in healthcare, nearly 25 of them in healthcare association management.
Since 2000, Mr. Lieber has served as President and CEO of HIMSS. Mr. Lieber not only serves on the Board of Directors of HIMSS and its two related corporations, but he also serves on numerous other corporate, non-profit and coalition boards and groups. He is one of the founders of the Certification Commission for HIT and the Health Information Technology Standards Panel, two US federally funded initiatives at the foundation of the US interoperability effort.
As a nationally-recognized commentator on health policy in healthcare IT trends and issues, Mr. Lieber is a regular speaker and contributor to corporate strategic planning efforts, government-sponsored policy efforts, private sector initiatives and other non-profit organizations. He has been recognized as one of the Top 100 most influential people in US healthcare in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Mr. Lieber holds an MA from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, a BA in Psychology from the University of Arkansas, and has completed additional course work at the graduate schools of business at both universities and at the Keller Graduate School of Management. He has been a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 1994, is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and Association Forum of Chicagoland and has been awarded honorary life memberships at the American Hospital Association and the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management.
Mr. Skinner 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. Mr. Skinner is a healthcare IT Executive with over 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.
Mr. Skinner 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. Mr. Skinner 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.
Mr. Skinner 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 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.