Michael E. Ruiz is vice president and chief digital officer for MedStar Health. In this role, he is responsible for the oversight and execution of MedStar’s digital strategy to become a premier digital healthcare presence. Mr. Ruiz thoughtfully integrates business strategy with digital technology—including mobile, web, social, cloud, and analytics—with a focus on the user experience. Recently named on Hot Topics’ list of “100 Digital Change Agents Future-proofing their Brands”, Mr. Ruiz has diverse experience spanning multiple industries and organizations. This unique perspective enables him to converge best practices across different domains with healthcare.
With over 25 years of experience in information technology and systems integration, Mr. Ruiz has designed, developed and deployed large scale information systems for Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies, as well as for government agencies, both in the United States and abroad. Prior to MedStar, Mr. Ruiz served as a principal consultant for Impact Makers, where he built a thriving digital healthcare consulting practice. Before Impact Makers, he was a founding member of Deloitte Digital, which was the first Big-4 global digital practice. Previously, Mr. Ruiz was also chief technical officer for Net-Enabled Operations at BearingPoint and continued in that role after the acquisition of BearingPoint by Deloitte. In this position, Mr. Ruiz led research and development projects for BearingPoint/Deloitte’s Department of Defense and National Intelligence practices. He was also a founding member of the global technical standards body OASIS’ Service Oriented Architecture Technical Committee.
Mr. Ruiz has served as an affiliated faculty member at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business in the Information Systems department, where he lectured at the graduate level on the topics of service orientation, Web 2.0 technologies, enterprise governance, and organizational decision-making. Mr. Ruiz is adept at bridging the gap between business and technology, with the ability to explain technical matters in a business vernacular.
Mr. Ruiz has a Bachelor of Science in computer science, and holds a Master of Science in computer and information system security from Virginia Commonwealth University. His doctoral research was focused at the intersection of predictive analytics and cyber security, which included non-deterministic complex algorithms such as genetic algorithms, neural networks and swarm optimization.