DCH Commissioner Medows appoints new Chief Information Officer

Press Release

ATLANTA, GA – Today, Dr. Rhonda Medows, Commissioner and State Health Officer of the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH), announced the appointment of Perry Sims as Chief Information Officer.  Mr. Sims has eight years of specialized health care information technology experience and 28 years of information technology experience.

"We are pleased that Perry will be heading our Information Technology Division," said Dr. Medows.  "Perry's vast experience is an excellent resource to the Department as we further our efforts to promote efficient project management standards."

Mr. Sims has been with DCH since October 2007 where he served as Director of Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS).  He has served as the Project Executive for the Department's new MMIS and part of DCH's Information Technology Leadership Team for the MMIS implementation.

Since joining DCH, Mr. Sims has been instrumental in improving operational support of the Department's legacy MMIS and helping to shape the Department's strategic objectives towards several other health care technology initiatives.

Mr. Sims started his career in state government in 2002 after retiring from a 24-year career in the United States Air Force.  He initially worked in the former Department of Human Resources, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Addictive Diseases as Information System Unit Director.  While there, he filled the role of Division Technology Director and successfully managed the implementation of a statewide Hospital Practice Management Information System currently used by Georgia's state-operated inpatient psychiatric hospitals.

Along with his vast information technology education and training while in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Sims earned a B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Public Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery.

Source: Georgia Department of Community Health