About Peter

Peter B. Nichol is a healthcare technology executive recognized for achievements in digital innovation by the CIO 100 awards program, the MIT Sloan School of Management, Computerworld and the Project Management Institute. As managing director at OROCA Innovations, Peter leads the CxO advisory services practice, which drives strategies across digital, innovation and blockchain technologies.

Peter is the author of Learning Intelligence: Expand Thinking. Absorb Alternative. Unlock Possibilities (2017), which Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times No. 1 bestseller Triggers, calls “a must-read for any leader wanting to compete in the innovation-powered landscape of today.”

Peter also authored The Power of Blockchain for Healthcare: How Blockchain Will Ignite The Future of Healthcare (2017), the first book to explore the vast opportunities for blockchain to transform the patient experience.

As the former head of information technology at Access Health CT (AHCT), Connecticut’s health insurance exchange (HIX), Peter oversaw AHCT’s online marketplace systems and worker case-management and electronic integration with the systems of federal agencies, state agencies and insurance carriers. He was responsible for AHCT’s industry-leading digital platform, which transformed consumer- and retail-oriented services for the health insurance industry. For this, Peter was recognized as a finalist for the 2015 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award.

Peter also championed AHCT’s digital implementation with a transformational cloud-based SaaS platform and mobile applications that were recognized by CIO magazine in the 2015 CIO 100 awards. Peter also received a lifetime achievement award for leadership and digital transformation and was honored as a 2016 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.

Previously, Peter was the program director for AHCT’s marketplace implementation, providing the most stable HIX launch, on Oct. 1, 2013. The system helped reduce Connecticut’s uninsured rate by more than half. It was recognized as a national model for success and was a finalist for the Project Management Institute’s Project of the Year Award in 2014.

Peter has a B.S. in computer information systems from Bentley University and an MBA summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University. He also earned a PMP certification in 2001 and is a certified Scrum Master, SAFe Agilist (SA), SAFe Practitioner (SP), Business Relationship Management Professional (BRMP) and Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Peter is a commercial-rated pilot, yachtsman, and a master scuba diver. He understands, firsthand, how to anticipate change and to lead boldly.

What Sets Peter Apart:

  • 2015 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award Finalist
  • Former Head of Information Technology for Access Health CT
  • Former Program Director instrumental for the successful implementation of the Connecticut State Health Insurance Exchange on Oct 1, 2013 a national model for success
  • Delivered the first digital platform for health insurance exchanges: Access Health CT Mobile (SHOP, ENROLL, VERIFY)
  • Commercial Rated Aviation Pilot and Master Scuba Diver, Who Understands First Hand, How to Anticipate Change and Manage Risk Under Pressure

Recognized Speaker:

  • Blockchain Technology
  • Digital and Innovation
  • CIO Insights
  • Platform Ecosystems and Growth
  • Development of High-Performance Teams
  • Platform Ecosystems and Growth
  • Digital Consumerism
  • Mobile For Consumers

TV Interviews and Featured Articles:

  • NBC Connecticut – TV Interview
  • Channel 3 – TV Interview
  • Eye Witness News 3 – TV Interview
  • Monthly Televised Connecticut Exchange Board of Directors Meeting
  • Published Articles: Value for State-Based Exchanges to Adopt a Mobile Enrollment Strategy and Connecticut’s Health Insurance Exchange Rise
  • Featured in January 2015 PMI PM Network Magazine “Health ROI”

Distinguished Awards:

  • 2017 Top Tech Voices You Should Be Following on LinkedIn
  • 2016 Computerworld Premier 100 Technology Leader
  • 2015 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award Finalist
  • 2015 CIO100 – Innovating in the Digital Economy Winner
  • 2014 PMI Project of the Year Award,” Top 3 Global Finalist
  • 2014 Healthcare Innovator of the Year Award
  • 2014 Best New Service for ahCT Mobile Enroll Award
  • 2014 Best API for Access Health CT ahCT Mobile Enroll Award
  • 2014 Best Platform ahCT Mobile Enroll Award
  • 2014 Health IT Leadership Award
  • 2014 Winner of the Best Government Services App Award
  • 2014 Driving Digital Government State Government Award
  • 2014 Collaboration Across Boundaries Award