Making Connections

Information technology continues to be a central component of the "connectivity" of ICAHN. In addition to providing major infrastructure for members to connect with each other, ICAHN seeks to partner with member hospitals to improve their diverse, complex, and vital internal IT systems.





Moving members forward

Over the past decade, the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network has provided thousands of hours of IT consulting services to member hospitals. This service enables hospital IT staff to plan for potential emergencies, absence of critical staff for vacation time, and any unexpected staff departures. These services include:

  • Strategic IT services to assist member CEOs, CFOs, and IT Directors to move the hospital's information technology plan forward with critical IT decision-making
  • Meaningful Use assistance for IT and clinical staff
  • HIPAA security review and assistance with updating HIPAA policies
  • Enhanced network monitoring services and firewall monitoring
  • Server virtualization, installs, and/or upgrades
  • Network support, firewall, VPN, and switch configuration
  • Vendor liaison, including negotiated discounts on hardware and services
  • Staff recruitment support/training
  • Cybersecurity
  • Internal and external vulnerability assessments
  • Project management services
  • Server management, email, and connectivity support


Staying connected

  • Information Technology ListServ, peer network groups, and webinars
  • Information Technology Advisory Committee
  • Website hosting services and complete email hosting services
  • 35 videoconference sites located in member hospitals throughout the state


Ryan Sierman serves as Chief Information Officer, Ryan Morgan as Chief Information Security Officer, and Dennis Toth, IT Operations Coordinator. ICAHN’s IT consultants include Scott Cimarusti and Frank Penrose.

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