Dr. Tim Pletcher, DHA, is the founder and leader of the MiHIN constellation of companies. The MiHIN constellation is comprised of the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN), Velatura Public Benefit Corporation, the Interoperability Institute (IOI), and United States QHIN LLC (USQHIN) and collectively employs over 235 team members and more than 80 apprentices. Combined, these organizations offer a comprehensive interoperability strategy and a robust product and services portfolio that continues to transform healthcare and the health information exchange both regionally and across the nation. Under Dr. Pletcher’s leadership, these organizations now represent an annual revenue of over $50 million and service the entire spectrum of healthcare stakeholders, including providers, health systems and health plans, as well as state and local government.
Prior to leading the MiHIN constellation, Dr. Pletcher was founding director for the Institute for Health and Business Insight at Central Michigan University (CMU) that provided high-end data science services to Fortune 500 companies and large organizations. Before joining CMU, he was the Chief Technology Officer at a start-up corporation funded by Oracle and PSI Net that specialized in electronic commerce and customized supply chain automation.
Dr. Pletcher started his career in the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering where he built advanced data networks, and later became a senior manager at a Michigan’s premier academic medical center. This was followed by an assignment to the Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) to work with the NASA EOS-DIS project supporting a Federal Inter-Agency Working Group on Data Management for Global Change Networking Activity as well as the Centers for Disease Control, United Nations, World Bank, and World Health Organization. After returning to the medical center, he became known for innovation, building strong communities of consensus, and directed multi-million dollar projects and successfully implemented, supported, or deployed multiple mission critical enterprise applications. A key part of his role included operating a special projects unit that deployed emerging technologies such as telemedicine and simulation. During this time as part of the Medical Readiness Trainer Project, he and the team received a Smithsonian-Computer World 2000 Medal for the utilizing virtual reality and computer-based modeling and simulation to reduce medical errors.
Dr. Pletcher is also currently an Adjunct Research Investigator of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School. Tim frequently presents both regionally and nationally on topics such as Health Policy, Health Informatics, Advanced Analytics, Data Science, and the requirements for creating a Learning Health System. He received a Doctor of Health Administration and a master’s degree in Health Administration from Central Michigan University, and received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan.