Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems has announced that Omer F. Awan has been appointed Vice President & Sr. Regional Chief Information Officer following an extensive, national search. Awan is a proven informatics leader with a track record in innovation, strategy and planning IT platforms in support of excellent clinical care. Awan will report to the system-wide Chief Information Officer for EMHS, Kyle Johnson.

Awan joined EMHS from Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, Texas, where he served as Sr. Director, Information Systems Division. Prior to this, he held leadership positions at Cerner Corporation.

Awan has undergraduate degrees in accounting and computer science, is a project management professional (PMP), and has a master’s degree in Business Administration. Additionally, he completed post graduate work at MIT and Harvard to earn certificates in strategy/innovation and healthcare IT. Last year, Awan was honored by the CIO Magazine/CIO Executive Council and presented with the 2014 CIO Ones to Watch™ award.

SSi-SEARCH, ssi-search.com, a national, retained executive search firm focused on healthcare leadership, led the national search.