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Lieber transformed health IT group into diversified enterprise

2017 AWARD HONOREE: PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY CEO

H. Stephen Lieber has been top executive at Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society for 17 years
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May 12, 2017

CEO Update: How has HIMSS changed under your leadership?
Steve Lieber: When I came to the organization (as CEO in 2000), it was about $11 million-a-year annual budget, and at that time probably about 11,000 members and a staff of 30. Today we’re a $92 million-a-year annual budget, we have 65,000 members and a staff of 380.

We shifted from a pure individual membership professional society, to a diversified enterprise (that) focuses on a mission. We still have members as a base but we focus much, much more on audiences that we serve versus just members. Our mission is around better health care through information technology.

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