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Mark D. Barner Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Ascension
Chief Executive Officer, Ascension Information Services (AIS)


Mark D. Barner serves in a dual role as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Ascension and as the Chief Executive Officer of Ascension Information Services (AIS), a subsidiary of Ascension, providing information technology services across Ascension and its other subsidiary organizations. Mark’s duties include management of IT operations, strategy, project execution and service delivery.

Prior to being named CIO for Ascension Health in 2008, Mark served as CIO for the Seton Healthcare Family, headquartered in Austin, Texas, and Regional CIO for Ascension Information Services.

Mark brings extensive executive experience in technology services, outsourcing and large-scale contract administration related to customer experience, IT strategy and relationship management. Since joining Ascension, he has led a matrixed organization of more than 2,600 IT professionals in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Projects have included infrastructure efforts that range from wireless initiatives, telepresence, mobility applications, business continuity, end-user support, security and data protection. He has also led multi-year projects to advance electronic health record (EHR) strategies, including online nursing and clinical documentation, order sets and computerized physician order entry.

Prior to joining Ascension, Mark was employed by EDS, where he was responsible for state and local government contracts. He has also served as Regional Vice President for an Internet consulting company, which had clients in the retail, airline, insurance and healthcare industries and as an executive with Dell in the healthcare area.

Mark, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Truman State University, is a graduate of the Ascension Executive Formation program and is active in the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He also actively participates in initiatives with the Bipartisan Policy Center. He is a member of the Scottsdale Institute’s Advisory Panel, the Hospital Sisters Health System Audit and Integrity Committee and Saint Louis University School of Professional Services’ Computer Information Services Center workforce board. Recently, Mark began serving on a workgroup for the American Hospital Association’s focus on interoperability. In October 2014, Mark was selected as one of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2015.

Mark and his family (including his Cairn Terrier, Murphy) live in the Lafayette Square neighborhood in St. Louis, Mo.

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