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MVP Health Care taps permanent CIO

MVP Health Care has hired James H. Poole, III as vice president and chief information officer, a year and a half after he took on the interim CIO role in December 2012.

He will be responsible for overseeing business information systems, including managing information technology infrastructure, computer systems/applications, information security and data/telecommunications. Poole originally joined MVP in July 2012.

“I am pleased to officially welcome Jim to MVP’s executive team,” said MVP Health Care President and CEO Denise Gonick in a news release. “The upcoming health benefit exchanges require many new and updated IT systems and capabilities. We are fortunate to have someone of Jim’s caliber to ensure we have the technology infrastructure necessary to support our products and service.”

Prior to joining MVP, Poole was most recently vice president of operations for The Cimino Group, an information technology company based in Connecticut. He has served as vice president of the Enterprise Command Center for Cigna Corporation, and has a strong background in health care and insurance information technology, having also worked for Howard Systems International, Private HealthCare Systems and Aetna Life & Casualty.

“The health care industry is entering a new era with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act," Poole said in the release. "MVP affords me the opportunity to be on the front lines shaping IT implementation."

Poole works out of MVP’s Schenectady headquarters and lives with his wife, Annemarie, in Willington, CT.

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