John Page, who presided over the significant expansion of healthcare's main trade group for information systems professionals, resigned his top post last week to spend more time with family and pursue personal interests.
Page, 42, became executive director of the Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society in 1991 when it had fewer than 4,000 members and attracted about 2,500 to its annual conference.
The association had been a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association since 1961 but broke away in 1993.
In six years as an independent
association, HIMSS membership more than tripled, to 12,000, concurrently with an explosion in the importance of information technology in healthcare. HIMSS' annual conference drew nearly 20,000 registrants in 1998 before dipping to 17,000 at the
Atlanta gathering earlier this year.
Page ceded control of daily operations in November 1997 to R. Norris Orms, who was hired as director of operations. Orms was appointed acting executive director last week as the HIMSS board launched a search for Page's successor.
Page concentrated on developing collaborative ties with other healthcare information trade groups during the past two years, including the Joint Healthcare Information Technology Alliance, of which he is a founder and board member.