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Russ Thomas

Russ Thomas

Chief Executive Officer

Russ Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of Availity. Under his leadership, Availity has become the nation’s premier health information network. Availity’s diversified portfolio of provider and health plan workflow solutions is leveraged by more than 3 million providers, 2000 health plans, and 1000 technology partners nationwide, to facilitate over 13 billion healthcare transactions annually. 

Russ is actively involved in industry and philanthropic organizations. He serves as a board member for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, where he chairs the Healthcare Policy Council, Jacksonville University, and Iodine Software. A licensed commercial pilot, he served on the Jacksonville Aviation Authority from 2015 to 2022.

“ I go to work every day with one goal in mind, to delight our customers. ”

Russ Thomas, Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining Availity, Russ was the CEO of Gold Standard, a drug information database and clinical knowledge solution, before selling it to Reed Elsevier in 2006. He continued as a senior executive in Reed Elsevier’s clinical information business until 2008. 

Russ earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Tech and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia. He resides in Ponte Vedra, Florida, with his wife Claudia and their two golden retrievers, Bella and Beau. Russ is an avid cyclist. 

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