First Consulting Group (FCG), an IT consulting, integration and outsourcing leader in healthcare, has named Richard Skinner Vice President in its healthcare IT practice. In this role, Skinner will assist hospitals in their efforts to utilize IT to improve the quality and efficiency of their services. He brings more than 30 years of healthcare and IT experience along with a proven track record of outstanding leadership to FCG.

Prior to joining FCG, Skinner spent twelve years at Providence Health Systems (PHS) where he held multiple positions as Vice President and CIO. He was responsible for information services, high-level IT functions, and capital investments for the $4 billion company, which comprises 18 hospitals, 500 physician practices, and more than 35,000 employees. He also served as CIO of both the Oregon region and the Portland Service Area of PHS.

Skinner is past Chairman of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and was recognized as CIO of the Year in 2001 by the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He is currently working at the national level with various groups and is on the board of HIMSS Analytics. read more