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Preston Simons  joined Aurora Healthcare In October 2015 as the health care system's Chief Information Officer. Simons, a veteran information technology executive, will lead Aurora's efforts using technology and innovative IT platforms and services to help it continue to deliver a high-quality, patient-centric integrated health care experience.

Prior to joining Aurora, Simons served as chief information officer for Abbott Laboratories for more than 10 years, where he was responsible for all aspects of the IT department which at one time had more than 4,000 employees and IT contractors. He was also accountable for many IT functions at Abbott's spin-off AbbVie. Prior to that, he served as an IT leader in several health systems, a health insurance plan and in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to affiliations with a number of health care IT organizations, Simons has had leading roles in the Chicago CIO Institute and other leadership summits.

Simons holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a master's degree from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago.

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