Chris Cruz serves as the Deputy Director and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), overseeing an annual IT budget of approximately 150 million dollars and an IT Project Portfolio of 1 billion dollars within the Information Technology Services Division (ITSD).
Mr Cruz has broad responsibility for the Division, formulating enterprise IT governance for DHCS and setting strategic direction through the formulation of an IT Strategic Plan (http://techwire.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/DHCS_IT_Strategic_Plan_2012-2015.pdf) that identifies fundamental performance measures that align with the Department’s Mission and Vision.
Mr Cruz is responsible for 500 plus IT State and contract staff across five different IT Branches and two sections including management of a Chief Technology Officer within the DHCS ITSD as well as and other IT staff residing within program Divisions utilizing a Federated Services Delivery Model. Overseeing the IT Data Center Operations (infrastructure), and IT competencies that include security, application development, enterprise project and portfolio management, enterprise change management and quality assurance, enterprise architecture and administrative support for the Department including executive sponsorship and support for the California Medicaid Management Information System (CAMMIS), the California Health Eligibility and Enrollment Reporting System Project (CalHEERS) and Dental Medicaid Management Information System. He also oversees and manages the largest State Medicaid system in the country known as the Medi-Cal Eligibility Data System (MEDS).
In addition to DHCS, Chris Cruz has management responsibility for supporting the Data Center Operations for the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), the California Department of Public Health, Covered California, the State Office of Health Information Integrity and the Office of the Patient Advocate utilizing a shared services model.