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West Michigan organizations win CIO 100 awards

June 11, 2015
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West Michigan organizations win CIO 100 awards
Bill Lewkowski. Courtesy Metro Health

A pair of West Michigan organizations have been named to a select global group for leveraging IT to drive organizational value.

IDG Enterprise’s CIO magazine, an IT source for executives, said this month that Metro Health Hospital and Whirlpool Corporation have won 2015 CIO 100 awards. General Motors also won the award.

The award

CIO 100 awards are presented to 100 companies with “leading-edge” IT practices, and applicants are selected after being reviewed by a team of external judges and CIO editors.

The selection process includes an online application detailing innovative IT and business initiatives, external review identifying best practices and measurable results and editors at CIO evaluating the judges’ recommendations to determine the final 100.

Adam Dennison, SVP and publisher of CIO, said the CIO 100 winners continue to impress with innovative vision, thought leadership and the ability to execute successfully.

“Emerging technologies are drastically impacting the technology landscape, and CIOs have been challenged to leverage these new technologies to drive business value and gain a competitive advantage for their organization,” Dennison said.

Metro Health setup

Metro Health Hospital was recognized for its virtual desktop setup developed by Bill Lewkowski, CIO at Metro Health.

The desktop allows users to log in with security credentials for quick and protected access to patient data and a variety of applications.

Metro Health said that since information is stored within two remote, active data centers, rather than on individual computers or hard drives, physicians have the opportunity to provide fast and secure care or support to patients from any location.

Mike Faas, president and CEO at Metro Health, said the organization is pleased to be among the CIO 100 Award recipients, which is another acknowledgement of how Metro has become a health care destination for the region and the nation.

“Our physicians and staff depend on our technological infrastructure in order to remain up to date on the industry and individual patients,” Faas said. “Providing this type of state-of-the-art solution maximizes patient care and benefits employees as well.”

Whirlpool project

Whirlpool in Benton Harbor was recognized for its Clothespin project, which leverages wireless cloud communication to connect Maytag commercial laundry machines to smartphones and laundry equipment services providers.

Mike Heim, CIO at Whirlpool, said the company is honored to see the innovative teams behind the project receive the award.

“What makes this project novel is the technologies — smartphones, online credit card payment systems and connected devices were all available,” Heim said. “The innovation was to look at the problem through the eyes of both the consumer and operator, identify the benefits and connect the technologies.”

Awards event

The 28th-annual program also recognizes the 2015 CIO Hall of Fame inductees, who are individuals impacting the IT/business landscape through creative vision and leadership.

Both the CIO 100 Award winners and the CIO Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the CIO 100 Symposium on Aug. 9-11 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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