Michael Mathias

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Blue Shield of California

Michael Mathias is chief information officer (CIO) for Blue Shield of California, a role he was appointed to in 2013. Mr. Mathias oversees the company’s information delivery, strategy, operations, technology and architecture; leads innovation efforts; and implements Blue Shield’s long-term technology strategy. He is also responsible for aligning Blue Shield’s technology vision with the company’s business strategy by integrating processes with the appropriate technologies.

He is the driver for advancing the company’s Health Information Technology (HIT) capabilities that position Blue Shield as a leader in making quality health care more affordable and more accessible. In the process, Mr. Mathias creates value for the organization by delivering constituent-focused solutions and innovation through technology, process and performance improvement.

Mr. Mathias is also the technical leader for California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX), an independent organization created by Blue Shield and Anthem to develop next-generation technology for a California wide health information exchange (HIE).

Prior to being named CIO at Blue Shield, he was Aetna’s CIO. Mr. Mathias joined Aetna in 1993 as a Systems Engineering Manager and assumed roles of increasing responsibility over the course of his tenure with the company.