Robert O’Brien Named CIO at California Correctional Health Care Services

Published On: March 13, 2024

California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) has appointed Robert O’Brien as its new Chief Information Officer. With more than thirty years of experience in various state departments, he will oversee the technology programs that support inmate healthcare across California’s 33 correctional institutions. 

His career with the State of California began in 1988 at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Since then, he has held key positions in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the State Controller’s Office, and CCHCS, where he has been since 2010.

Throughout his career, O’Brien has been recognized for his contributions to state projects and initiatives, notably the Kids Sense Website and the Cal Info project, which received the Best Innovation Award at the 2010 Government Technology Conference. He is a graduate of the IT Managers’ Academy 17 (class of 2010), where he served as Technical Project Manager for the award-winning class project.

As CIO, O’Brien is working with his team to implement the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) / Medi-Cal Reimbursement System (MCRS), bringing innovative Gen AI solutions for CCHCS staff and utilizing current technology to provide accessibility options for the incarcerated patient population.

The CCHCS provides healthcare services to California’s incarcerated population at all 33 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) institutions statewide.

O’Brien replaces Cheryl Larson, who previously served as CIO. 

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