Peter B. Nichol

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Peter B. Nichol is a healthcare technology executive recognized for achievements in digital innovation by the CIO 100 awards program, the MIT Sloan School of Management, Computerworld and the Project Management Institute. As managing director at OROCA Innovations, Peter leads the CxO advisory services practice, which drives strategies across digital, innovation and blockchain technologies.

Peter is the author of Learning Intelligence: Expand Thinking. Absorb Alternative. Unlock Possibilities (2017), which Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times No. 1 bestseller Triggers, calls "a must-read for any leader wanting to compete in the innovation-powered landscape of today."

Peter also authored The Power of Blockchain for Healthcare: How Blockchain Will Ignite The Future of Healthcare (2017), the first book to explore the vast opportunities for blockchain to transform the patient experience.

As the former head of information technology at Access Health CT (AHCT), Connecticut's health insurance exchange (HIX), Peter oversaw AHCT's online marketplace systems and worker case-management and electronic integration with the systems of federal agencies, state agencies and insurance carriers. He was responsible for AHCT's industry-leading digital platform, which transformed consumer- and retail-oriented services for the health insurance industry. For this, Peter was recognized as a finalist for the 2015 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award.

Peter also championed AHCT's digital implementation with a transformational cloud-based SaaS platform and mobile applications that were recognized by CIO magazine in the 2015 CIO 100 awards. Peter also received a lifetime achievement award for leadership and digital transformation and was honored as a 2016 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.

Previously, Peter was the program director for AHCT's marketplace implementation, providing the most stable HIX launch, on Oct. 1, 2013. The system helped reduce Connecticut's uninsured rate by more than half. It was recognized as a national model for success and was a finalist for the Project Management Institute's Project of the Year Award in 2014.

Peter has a B.S. in computer information systems from Bentley University and an MBA summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University. He also earned a PMP certification in 2001 and is a certified Scrum Master, SAFe Agilist (SA), SAFe Practitioner (SP) and Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Peter is a commercial-rated pilot and a master scuba diver. He understands, firsthand, how to anticipate change and to lead boldly.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Peter B. Nichol and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

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