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HIMSS Names Harold “Hal” Wolf III as New President/Chief Executive Office

CHICAGO (July 26, 2017) – HIMSS has announced the appointment of Harold “Hal” Wolf III as its new president and CEO. He will succeed H. Stephen Lieber, who in December 2016 announced his plans to retire as HIMSS President and CEO after more than 17 years of recognized success and exemplary service to HIMSS.

Wolf has served in significant roles that have advanced the impact of technology on healthcare. As an advisor, thought leader and consultant, he continues to lead internationally in the realm of health policy and technology adoption to increase access and improve care outcomes. A key architect in the development of content, research and user interfaces for video on demand and broadband, Wolf is a pioneer in consumer engagement. He has contributed his unique approach and insights to the birth of the digital health era, combining traditional enterprise strategies with an end-to-end organizational view, while keeping the patient as the central focus. Among his many areas of expertise are integrated care models, mhealth, product development, marketing, distribution, information technology and innovation implementation.

“Hal Wolf brings to his new role as president and CEO of HIMSS the powerful combination of broad, deep and relevant knowledge, expertise, experience, energy and accomplishments, along with a deep love of and longstanding commitment to HIMSS. His track record of innovation and success spans premier healthcare delivery organizations, digital strategy groups, media companies, global endeavors and more,” said Dr. Michael Zaroukian, HIMSS board chair.

“He sees and creates opportunities, brings people together, and facilitates their success in creating new and better products and services. We are excited that he will be focusing his full energy and efforts to lead HIMSS, as it advances its vision of improving health through information technology and its mission to globally lead endeavors optimizing health engagements and care outcomes through information technology,” stated Dr. Sebastian Krolop, former HIMSS Board Chair.

For several years, Wolf has been part of The Chartis Group, a comprehensive advisory and analytics services firm, where he is currently director, practice leader information and digital health strategy, leading the firm in supporting providers and healthcare organizations in the development of integrated information, operations, digital health and precision medicine strategies.

Before joining The Chartis Group, Wolf was senior vice president and chief operating officer of Kaiser Permanente’s Permanente Federation, representing more than 16,000 physicians. He was responsible for the development and implementation of critical care delivery strategies, data management and governance, population care management environments and the implementation of unique innovations and large-scale programs that impacted end-to-end operations. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Wolf worked as chief information officer for the e-business, corporate systems and wholesale division of Quest Communications/USWest. Previous endeavors include working internationally in the deployment of interactive television services in operations, content and business development; senior business management positions with Time Warner and MTV Networks; and as senior advisor to McKinsey and Company and ADVI, LLC.

Wolf has served HIMSS for four years: two as an advisor to the board and two additional years as a member of the board of directors, recently as vice chair. He serves as a board member and officer of the International Care Delivery Alliance.

His knowledge sharing and partnering are experienced through guest lectures in the United States, Asia, and Europe, and most recently, as a visiting professor at the Maersk Mc-Kinney Institute, University of Southern Denmark, at the Center for Innovative Medical Technology, Odense University Hospital, and at Windsor University Odette School of Business, Canada.

Wolf holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Wake Forest University, and a Bachelor of Science in Textile Management from North Carolina State University.

As an advisor, thought leader and consultant, he continues to lead internationally in the realm of health policy and technology adoption to increase access and improve care outcomes. His role and accomplishments on the HIMSS board have shown him to be a powerful voice and advocate for the organization and its mission.

“It is a great privilege and honor to be chosen to lead HIMSS, an organization whose purpose is to improve healthcare and care outcomes. Across the globe, healthcare is challenged to harness the power of information and technology, to solve for the unique environments of each health system and to support the personalization of care to the individual. In alliance with the growing membership of HIMSS and the expansive capabilities of our organization, our collective task is to enable innovation across the full healthcare ecosystem,” said Wolf.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a global voice, advisor and thought leader for health and healthcare transformation through IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare and care outcomes. HIMSS designs and leverages key data assets, predictive models and tools to advise global leaders, stakeholders and influencers of best practices in health IT, so they have the right information at the point of decision.

Through its health IT network of over 1 million experts, over 200 knowledge exchanges and collaborations, including 68,000-plus members, HIMSS drives innovative, forward thinking around best uses of technology in support of better connected care, improved population health and low cost of care. HIMSS is a not-for-profit organization, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with additional offices in North America, Europe, United Kingdom and Asia.

July 26, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

eHealth community confirms HC2013 a success HC2014 will take place at Manchester Central

Delegates and suppliers attending HC2013, the UK’s national health IT conference and exhibition have hailed the event as providing one of the most educational and diverse networking platforms in recent years prompting a move to a larger venue in Manchester next year.

HIMSS, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and event management company Citadel Events announced last summer that they would combine their commitment and resources to provide an impactful event, utilising academic, business and global healthcare experience to attract, connect and inform stakeholders involved in transforming healthcare through IT.

HC2013, which took place at the Birmingham ICC on the 16th-17th April 2013 attracted more than 2100 visitors seeking to learn, share and debate best practice as well as providing an educational tool to better understand wider government policy in the changing healthcare landscape.

James Norman, director of IM&T at The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust said: “NHS IT directors are tasked with deciding what conferences will be of real benefit to their organisations and this year HC2013 proved to be one of those. Not only did it provide an excellent networking opportunity, with a wide spread of healthcare provider organisations from right across theUKattending, but also it delivered real value through the chance to listen to speakers and stimulating discussions on real issues prevalent to the NHS right now.”

The conference provided numerous high profile speakers including those from the newly established NHS England, NICE and Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) as well as many healthcare professionals, who are leading the way in NHS IT at their own NHS organisations.

Matthew D’Arcy, e-government specialist for Public Servant magazine and online editor for Publicservice.co.uk, said: “HC2013 provided a highly informative conference with influential speakers. It was extremely useful both in terms of delivering a deeper understanding of crucial themes in the digitally evolving health service, and in providing a wealth of newsworthy material. Engaging talks from health service leaders and an inspiring video address from Archbishop Desmond Tutu helped to demonstrate the importance of technology in improving the healthcare of millions.”

In addition, more than 100 different suppliers and partners attended the event giving delegates a huge insight and access to the new products available on the market.

Helen Parslow, director of marketing and business Development (EMEA) for Harris Healthcare Solutions and event sponsor’s added: “HC2013 provided a timely platform for debate and an opportunity to bring together industry and Health organisations in a rapidly changing health, social and community care environment. BCS and HIMSS, put together a thought leadership agenda, that supported the current hot topics, with real world experience.”

Due to the event’s significant growth, HIMSS and BCS plan to expand the event to Manchester Central in 2014 to cater for an even larger audience.

Steve Lieber, president and CEO of HIMSS said: “The show has been a huge success, with more than the combined number of delegates from the two separate shows of 2012 (HC2012 and HEALTH+IN4MATICS) attending this single event. Feedback from all stakeholders has been extremely positive and HIMSS looks forward to playing a significant role in supporting the healthcare IT industry reach its full potential.”

Mike Sinclair, chair of the Conference Organising Committee, for BCS Health added: “This year we saw significant contributions from our partners, with national bodies such as NICE, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Nursing, NHS England and theInstituteofHealth Recordsand Information Management provided exceedingly popular conference streams. We will be building on these partnerships and also increase our focus on private healthcare and the use of informatics by professionals across the health and social care sectors in 2014. We hope that you will be able to join us then!”

June 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.