Before joining HIMSS in 2000, Steve Lieber served as CEO of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) for nearly nine years and held management roles at the American Hospital Association. He is a long-time and active member of Association Forum, where he has served on several committees and as the chair of the board. Lieber is also a member of ASAE, where he co-founded and is currently the Chair of the Key Global Associations Committee and is a member of the Key Professional Associations Committee.
Mary Lynn Fayoumi, CAE, SPHR, GPHR, President & CEO, Management Association Chair, Association Forum Board of Directors, presents the Stephen B Shapiro Award for Chief Executive Achievement to HIMSS President/CEO H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, with smiles in the background from Michelle I. Mason, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO, Association Forum of Chicagoland. Lieber received the award in June 2015.
No matter where across the globe HIMSS influence appears, Lieber understands why the organization has made a positive difference in improving health with IT. In addition to
examples of organizations or governmental policies in the US, he identifies Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Spain as three places where he finds an “extremely strong HIMSS imprint.”
As he explains, “These are places without a long history of significant health information technology investment, but where governments and provider organizations have rapidly embraced our mission of better health through information technology. Today, we see a significantly different level of importance placed on health IT in those countries than we did, say five years ago.”
Establishing HIMSS as a significant influencer in transforming healthcare across the globe seems both logical and natural for Lieber. His graduate degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, focused on policy and administration, which are aligned with non-profit and government sectors.
“My career has been a series of building blocks that I believe significantly contributed to where I am today. Early on, I had roles that focused on survey research and analysis; later, it was internal operations; and then, executive management. At each subsequent position, I used what I had learned previously and added new skill sets.”
As a nationally recognized commentator on health IT and health policy, Lieber speaks and contributes regularly to efforts for corporate strategic planning, government-sponsored policy, private sector initiatives and other non-profit organizations.
“The common denominator (throughout the world) is our work to establish a framework for driving better patient outcomes, safer patient care, fewer medical errors, and more cost-effective care by adopting information technology, engaging in global education forums to learn and share best practices, and establishing a national culture that embraces innovation and transformation,” said Lieber.