H. Stephen "Steve" Lieber is Of Counsel to Quick Leonard Kieffer assisting with executive search and client consulting with special emphasis in the health care association and professional society as well as information and digital technology industry sectors. Steve is an internationally recognized Association and healthcare leader drawing on his 35 years of leadership experience.
He is a frequent commentator on health policy, in general – and healthcare IT trends and issues, specifically – Steve is a regular speaker and contributor to health system and corporate strategic planning efforts, government-sponsored policy efforts, private sector initiatives and other non-profit organizations and associations.
He has been consistently recognized as one of Modern Healthcare's "100 Most Influential People in Health Care." In 2017 he was recognized as "Professional Association CEO of the Year" by CEO Update for his remarkable leadership of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). In 2015, he received the "Samuel Shapiro Association Executive of the Year" Award by Association Forum.
Prior to joining QLK, Steve spent 17 years as the president and CEO of HIMSS, the leading global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information and technology. HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. The HIMSS enterprise consists of HIMSS and HIMSS International, which are mission-based, global membership societies; HIMSS Analytics, the market research and data services group; HIMSS Media, the diversified media and publishing division; and Health 2.0, the early stage HIT thought leadership and events group. In this strategic role, Steve orchestrated the organization's expansion in scope and reach to more than 40 countries.
Earlier in his career, Steve served as the CEO of the Emergency Nurses Association; vice president of the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Division of Personal Membership Groups; and as the vice president of operations for the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA). Early in his career, Steve served as senior budget analyst for the Illinois Bureau of the Budget and as an assistant administrator for research and statistics with Arkansas Social Services. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Arkansas and his master's degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago.
Steve has been a Certified Association Executive since 1994, is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and Association Forum, and has been awarded honorary life memberships with the American Hospital Association and the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management. He was one of the founders of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (HIT) and the HIT Technology Standards Panel, two federally funded initiatives at the foundation of the U.S. interoperability effort.