Steve Cherry- Founder and President

Steve Cherry has 30+ years experience in healthcare and healthcare IT.  The past eight years have been as President of Ion IT Group.  Previous experience has been with Humana, Columbia, HCA, Vanderbilt, Healthcare Management Systems and Community Health Systems.  Steve also worked at various hospitals as a Pharmacy Technician before entering the IT field.

While with Humana, Steve was part of a design team that created a Physician Order Entry system and Clinical Documentation system.  This software later became part of the PHAMIS Lastword application.  Also, at Humana Steve was Project Manager for many Pharmacy, Order Entry, Nursing and Laboratory implementations.

During his time with Columbia and HCA, Steve managed Meditech clinical installs and implementation of financial applications created by HCA and Humana (prior to merging with Columbia).  These projects ranged in size from one application to entire HIS replacements and at facilities ranging from surgical centers to 800+ bed campuses.

Time at Vanderbilt was spent as part of the Physician Order Entry design team and Epic implementation of clinics.  While at HMS, Steve was Director of Implementation during a major growth period for them.  As Director he created implementation standards, hired and trained staff, demonstrated products and created project plans.

His time as Vice President of IT at Community Health Systems saw CHS grow from 36 hospitals to over 80 hospitals.  He grew the clinical implementation staff from zero to over 25 staff members.  During his time pharmacy, order entry, laboratory and radiology systems were installed at all CHS facilities replacing paper or standalone systems at each facility.  Also, many facilities implemented surgical management systems, clinical documentation, EMR, emergency department management, PACS and many other ancillary systems.  Steve’s team was also responsible for HIM, Materials Management and custom programming.  Software was created to streamline the implementation process and keep master files in sync between interfaced systems.

Steve founded HIS Strategies (which later became Ion IT Group) in 2005.  Under his guidance HIS Strategies created a Quality/Core Measures reporting system.  This application was implemented in approximately 120 hospitals before begin purchased by a much larger healthcare analytics company.  Steve also designed and led the development team in creation of a Physician Credentialing product.  This product was implemented several facilities before it to was sold to a competitor. In his most recent endeavour Ion IT Group created Vital Connex remote patient monitoring application solution.

In Steve’s 30+ year career he has led hundreds of projects, development several pieces of software, led large staffs and created successful businesses.  He was also one of the first 200 people to hold the certification of Certified Professional of Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS).