Christopher Kunney

Board Member

Christopher is a senior level healthcare information technology executive and strategist. He is called upon by his clients to provide guidance and thought leadership specific to emerging healthcare technology offerings, compliance related issues and technology adoption. His recent roles include serving as Director of Emerging Healthcare Technology for AT&T, Vice President & COO for HealthInovation and Vice President and CIO for

Piedmont Healthcare. Christopher currently serves as managing partner of Infinite Options, LLC. and also maintains strategic alliances with various IT consulting firms such as BCT Partners, The HCI Group, Needle Solutions, The Meridian Group, JVION, and The Desir Group.

He has a track record of successfully implementing and providing strategic enterprise-wide solutions that address the current issues faced by health systems including; meaningful use, PPACA, HITECH Act, HIPAA, EMR Adoption, CMS quality measures, and HIEs. In addition, Christopher is an experienced IT leader with demonstrated ability to build peak-performing teams and achieve cross- functional business objectives that effectively integrate within the clinical setting. As a valued member of senior management teams, he’s contributed a seasoned, broad-based perspective with the maturity to lead IT transformation efforts in all areas of the healthcare business. His business philosophy is to create pragmatic IT strategies and implementation plans designed for maximum return.

Christopher serves as instructor-at-large for Southern Polytechnic University Professional Education – HIT Certification Program and is industry advisor to Georgia Institute Of Technologies – HIT Cluster Program, ITT Technical Institute, Georgia State University and DeVry University – Atlanta. He also serves on the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce HIT Public Policy Taskforce and Bioscience – Health IT Leadership Council and active member of the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF). Christopher was also selected as a panelist/reviewer for 2014 CMS Innovation Awards and serves as an advisor Georgia ICD-10 Transition Forum.

Some of his current leadership roles include, FY14 President of the Healthcare Information Systems Society (HIMSS)- Georgia Chapter, HIMSS Southern Chapter Advocacy Roundtable, HIMSS Chapter Leaders Taskforce, Vice Chairman and Board Chairman of Ivy Preparatory Academy of Schools. He’s previously served as past chair of Dr. Ben Carson Foundation Atlanta Chapter and board emeritus for the Men’s Health and Wellness Center. Other previous professional organizational memberships include: Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives (GAHE), Georgia Chapter of the

Christopher is a graduate of Fort Valley State University, earning a Bachelor Of Science in Computer Science/Mathematics and Executive Master of Science in management of Technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to his formal education, he’s received various certifications in the areas of healthcare information technology (CPHIT), customer relationship management (CRM), technical management, total quality control, project management, and other various I.T. related fields of study.

Christopher is a recipient of the Seaborn Lee Middle School Trailblazer Award; 2006 Minority Scholarship Award from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Along with this award he also was selected to participate in the CHIME’s CIO Boot Camp for high achieving business leaders. Christopher was also selected to deliver the commencement address for a recent graduating class at ITT Institute in Atlanta, GA and has appear as a subject matter expert at various healthcare IT industry conferences and events. Christopher has appeared in various publications including The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Modern Healthcare, 2006 thru 2012 editions of Who’s Who in Business and Industry, Who’s Who in Black Atlanta and was featured in a spring 2006 article on “Minorities in Healthcare” published by the Atlanta Hospital News. He’s also been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine’s executives “On The Move” section. He’s co-author various articles, whitepapers and presented nationally on topics surrounding the impact of health information technology on the clinical ecosystem. Christopher is an avid blogger and shares his perspective through various social media outlets including, Twitter, Linkedin and Google Plus.