News Release

HIMSS Announces New Leadership in Executive Management Team

February 25, 2016

Blain Newton becomes Executive Vice President of HIMSS Analytics, as of March 1, when current EVP John Hoyt retires from the position. R. Norris Orms, HIMSS executive vice president and chief operating officer, also will retire as of July 1. HIMSS President and Chief Executive Officer H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, announced the changes, as the Society prepares for the opening of the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition from Feb. 29-March 1 in Las Vegas.

Promotion and Retirement at HIMSS Analytics

Before his promotion to Executive Vice President of HIMSS Analytics, Blain Newton served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the business unit, with overall responsibility for strategy, sales, and operations for HIMSS Analytics product and service offerings.

Formerly CEO of CapSite, a Burlington, Vt.-based healthcare technology research and advisory firm acquired by HIMSS Analytics in 2012, he has more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare technology industry. He has held leadership roles in finance, solutions management and operations in the US and internationally at companies including IDX Systems Corporation, GE Healthcare, Allscripts, and Arthur Andersen.

"For the last decade this organization has helped drive healthcare forward. Thanks to John Hoyt’s leadership, HIMSS Analytics has established itself as the leading global advisor in healthcare IT. I am excited to expand on our vision of partnering with our clients and stakeholders to push the industry even further. The HIMSS Analytics team has achieved a great deal in recent years with Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAMSM), and HIMSS Analytics LOGIC and is poised to continue innovating to enable our client's success in the rapidly evolving global market," said Newton.

Since 2010, John Hoyt has served as Executive Vice President of HIMSS Analytics.

He will continue to work with HIMSS Analytics with a lighter schedule that includes continued support of maturity models, EMRAM Stage 7 visits and related activities
“John has been instrumental in the global acceptance of HIMSS Analytics, especially our maturity models,” said Lieber. “Throughout the US and the rest of the world, John has been a tireless ambassador for HIMSS and better health through technology. He is turning over a strong HIMSS Analytics organization to Blain, and I am grateful for his efforts to achieve this and honored to have worked with him.”

Recognized healthcare and HIMSS leader leaves HIMSS

R. Norris Orms, HIMSS executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been with the organization for 18 years, focused most recently on building the global strategy for HIMSS. He continues to work with HIMSS on a part-time basis until his retirement at the end of the HIMSS fiscal year on June 30.

“Norris’s ability to build relationships and his knowledge of organizational goals will help him fulfill our role to focus on senior executive engagement. Norris has personally contributed to the growth we have worked hard to achieve in becoming a global thought leader in the health IT space. He was the lead staff executive in the development of our original global expansion strategy in Europe and Asia, as he helped to shape and implement the HIMSS vision,” said Lieber.

HIMSS North America, a business unit within HIMSS, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events. HIMSS North America represents 61,000 individual members, 640 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work with HIMSS to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare through IT. Major initiatives within HIMSS North America include the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, National Health IT Week, HIMSS Innovation Center, HIMSS Interoperability Showcases™, HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, and ConCert by HIMSS™.

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics collects, analyzes and distributes essential health IT data related to products, costs, metrics, trends and purchase decisions. It delivers quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, financial, pharmaceutical and consulting companies. Visit

HIMSS Analytics is a part of HIMSS, a cause-based, global enterprise that produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share the cause of transforming health and healthcare through the best use of IT. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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