Tim Pletcher

  • Position: Director of Applied Research
  • Department: Dean's Office
  • Campus Address: 2214 Health Professions Building
  • Phone: (989) 774-1596
  • Alternate Phone: (989) 621-7221
  • Email: pletc1ta@cmich.edu

Tim Pletcher currently serves as the Executive Director for the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN). MiHIN is a public and private nonprofit collaboration dedicated to improving the healthcare experience, improving quality and decreasing cost for Michigan’s people by supporting the statewide exchange of health information and making valuable data available at the point of care. Tim currently also retains an appointment at Central Michigan University (CMU) for The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions where he leads the health information technology (HIT) support and directs the Institute for Health and Business Insight. The business insight group provides high-end analytics consulting to Fortune 500 companies and large organizations to extract insight and value from their data using business intelligence and predictive modeling (data mining and decision support). Clients have included corporations like Dow Chemical, General Motors, Henry Ford Health System, Partners Health, Eli Lilly, Procter & Gamble, Steelcase, etc.
Prior to joining CMU, Tim was the Chief Technology Officer at a start-up corporation (funded by Oracle and PSI Net) based in New York City that specialized in electronic commerce and customized supply chain automation. Tim also worked for over a decade at the University of Michigan (U of M), where he championed advanced technology, lead production billing operations, and served as the IT lead for business redesign. Starting at the College of Engineering to build advanced data networks, he was later recruited to the Medical Center to develop the Health Sciences Network. This was followed by an assignment by U of M 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 U of M from Washington D.C., Tim lead an advanced technology group and served as the Director for Research and Business Information Systems at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS). At UMHS he managed a team of 48 full-time staff and the production financial systems, medical billing, and executed a number of multi-million dollar reengineering projects such as mainframe upgrades, conversion to a single patient statement, workflow automation, electronic data interchange, charge capture, and enterprise application integration (HL7). His advanced technology group focused on linking research to clinical practice for efforts like tele-health and simulation.  In 2000, he and the Medical Readiness Trainer Project team members at UMHS received a Smithsonian-Computer World Medal for utilizing virtual reality and computer based modeling and human patient simulation to reduce medical errors. He earned a B.S. from the University of Michigan, has a Master’s degree in health administration, and anticipates award of a Doctorate of Health Administration in the spring of 2013.