Meridian Health Plan Wins CIO 100 Award

Jun 10, 2013, 06:15 ET from Meridian Health Plan

DETROIT, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Meridian Health Plan was named a 2013 CIO 100 award recipient by IDG's CIO magazine. This annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).

"It is an honor and a privilege to win the CIO 100 award again," said Thomas Lauzon, CIO of Meridian Health Plan. "Through creative enhancements in our technology, the Meridian IT team enables our front line staff to provide outstanding service to the members and providers we serve."

This is the fifth time Meridian Health Plan received the CIO 100 award, winning in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

"For 26 years now, the CIO 100 awards have honored the innovative use of technology to deliver genuine business value," said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine & events. "Our 2013 winners are an outstanding example of the transformative power of IT to drive everything from revenue growth to competitive advantage."

The IT department at Meridian Health Plan is the backbone of the organization.

"We are proud to receive the CIO 100 award," said Dr. David B. Cotton, CEO of Meridian Health Plan. "We appreciate the dedication and hard work of our IT department and this award is proof of the great work being done within the company."

Executives from the winning companies will be recognized at the CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony, held on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. 

About the CIO 100
The recipients of this year's CIO 100 award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of judges reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges' recommendations and voted on the final 100.

Complete coverage of the 2013 CIO 100 awards will be online at on Aug. 1, 2013 and in the Aug. 1 issue of CIO magazine.

About Meridian Health Plan
Meridian Health Plan is a physician-owned, physician-operated health plan with extensive experience in its subsidiary operations in Michigan, Illinois and Iowa. Meridian's affiliates include Medicaid and Medicare health plans and MeridianRx, a Pharmacy Benefit Management company. Meridian Health Plan currently serves over 300,000 Medicaid members. For more information, visit

About CIO Magazine
CIO is the premier content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of IT transformation in the enterprise. The award-winning CIO portfolio—, CIO magazine (launched in 1987), CIO executive programs, CIO custom solutions, CIO Forum on LinkedIn, CIO Executive Council and CIO primary research—provides business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT's role in achieving business goals. Additionally, CIO provides opportunities for IT solution providers to reach this executive IT audience. The CIO Executive Council is a professional organization of CIOs created to serve as an unbiased and trusted peer advisory group. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at

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