Ryan Conover, the Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS’s) director of information services, was a finalist for the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Year. He and 17 other professionals, across five industry categories, were recognized at a virtual awards gala on July 15. Conover was also a finalist in 2016.

Ryan Conover, ONS’s director of information services
Ryan Conover, ONS’s director of information services

“Ryan is an integral part of the ONS team and ensures our organization is leading the charge in the digital age,” said ONS Chief Executive Officer Brenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN. “His efforts have led to direct improvements for our members, allowing us to be an agile organization and provide the best possible service to oncology nurses so they can continue to deliver high quality care for their patients with cancer. We congratulate Ryan for being honored as CIO of the year and applaud the tremendous work he’s done for the ONS community.”

Conover has been with ONS for 11 years and spent the past decade as director of information services. Since joining ONS he has spearheaded implementing the Aptify member database management software and worked to transition his team of 19 from simply problem solving to leading technology innovation. His team now works with various departments to develop products and refine ONS as a digital-first organization.

“It’s more recognition of my team’s work rather than my own individual work, but it’s an honor,” Conover said. “In the scope of what our team does, given our size and what we are doing, it’s on a much bigger scale than what people realize. We are doing things you may see a $250 or $500 million organization doing.”

Looking ahead, Conover says he wants to continue bringing value to ONS through new digital-first products and developments.

“Before people would ask me what can we do? Now the question is more what should we do, because we can do whatever now,” Conover continued. “That’s a big difference.”

ONS is a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Learn more at ons.org.