Corey M. Zeigler is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Helio Health, an integrated Behavioral Health (BH) and Substance Used Disorder (SUD) system throughout Central NY. Responsible for the technology and innovation strategy to support over 1,500 beds and almost 1000 employees, as the largest BH/SUD system in Central NY. Corey previously served as the Regional Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO) and the Director for the North-Country Health Information Partnership (N-CHIP), bringing over 20 years of IT experience and strategic leadership as well as 11 years of healthcare administration.
Corey was born in Denver Colorado, but grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Upon finishing school, he joined the U.S. Army, serving in Desert Shield/Storm, Haiti, Somalia, and Bosnia as a helicopter pilot and officer for 13 years. After being honorably discharged from the military, Corey managed the Battle Simulation Center on FT Drum, where he was responsible for strategic and logistical training programs designed for executive leadership utilizing computer simulation to provide real-time feedback. Corey entered the healthcare field as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Canton-Potsdam Hospital (CPH) in Potsdam, New York. He brought technology and leadership best practices from other industry to transform the organization, culminating in CPH’s recognition by Hospitals & Health Networks’ as “The Most Wired” in the small and rural category.
As the Regional CIO for a community consortium of 6 hospitals, and 95 practices surrounding Fort Drum, Corey leads the North Country Health Information Partnership (N-CHIP), a HIT initiative that has invested over $13.4 million dollars into the community in order to connect 6 hospitals, over 200 providers and nearly 50 practices and clinics to better coordinate care. Fort Drum, the home of the 10th Mountain Division, the most deployed unit in the Army, has over 40,000 soldiers and family members and is the only military installation, of its size, in the US without a hospital. Corey also led the integration of the Department of Defense (DoD), Veterans Administration (VA) and local healthcare community’s electronic health systems linking them through the regional Health Information Exchange (HealtheConnections) as one of three fully integrated systems world-wide to care for our Veterans, Soldiers and their families. By leveraging the military-community partnership, the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO) has been able to create a healthcare system that is stronger and more cost effective than traditional models. As the past Chair of the NYS CIO Leadership group from 2015-2018, Corey led and facilitated the technology alignment to meet the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program’s deliverables and outcomes. NYS reinvested over 8 billion dollars to redesign the Medicaid care delivery system to reduce costs, increase quality and enhance the patient experience.
Corey received his BS in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his MBA in IT Management from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and a Fellow of the College of Health Information Management Executives (FCHIME). Corey is a Certified Healthcare Chief information Officer (CHCIO), Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHiMS), a Certified Security Specialist (CSCS) and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE). He currently lives in Harrisville, NY with his son and one Bernese Mountain Dog. During the summer, he guides for a whitewater rafting company and in the winter guides ice climbing in the Adirondacks.