Chief Innovation Officer
Jim VanderMey is the Chief Innovation Officer for OST. Jim has provided technical leadership and product strategic planning for the organization since the very beginning. Jim is a technology visionary who sets the long and short-term direction for OST. As OST has gained an international reputation, Jim has taught and spoken at conferences on a wide variety of topics in Europe, Japan, and throughout North America.
In a non-traditional and entrepreneurial start to his career, Jim started his first IT consulting company when he was in high school in 1980. He developed insurance agency automation software and automated personal lines (PL) rating for major insurance carriers while attending the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music as a pastoral ministry major. After selling his interest in that firm, Jim went on to manage significant scale applications and infrastructures in the healthcare, manufacturing and insurance industries. He has served as a consultant to enterprises such as Herman Miller, Boeing, Priority Health, Magna-Donnelly Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Amway, Meijer, Komatsu, Mercedes, Bissell, Toro, Thomson-Reuters, Navistar (International Truck), Flextronics, the US Navy and dozens of hospital systems around the country including Spectrum Health, Promedica and Baptist Health (Louisville).
Jim has performed many roles at OST as the company has evolved, often with a focus on enterprise architecture, performance and capacity planning and data center infrastructure. He is a voracious learner and has held technical certifications ranging from UNIX and Cisco administration through cloud architecture and design. As OST has grown and diversified, Jim has engaged with clients on product strategy, business alignment and IT transformation, cloud enablement, CIO-level peer consulting, DevOps and IoT program leadership. Jim leads the healthcare practice at OST and can often be found personally engaged with healthcare clients as a CIO consultant for disaster recovery, risk management, digital transformation, modern IT architectures for the Epic EHR and digital product development. In recent engagements, Jim has specifically focused on helping businesses and healthcare organizations leverage technology more effectively and create value by connecting data center disciplines of the past to modern design-centric disciplines and Agile methodologies.
Jim also serves the larger community outside of OST. He represents Health IT as a Commissioner for the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services HIT Commission, overseeing and providing feedback on how technology can impact the health and wellbeing of all Michiganders. Jim sits on the advisory board for the computer science/IS departments of Calvin University and Grand Valley State University.
Outside of work, he is an avid reader of all types of non-fiction and literature and enjoys spending most mornings paddling a kayak, canoe or SUP before work. As a grandfather of six, Jim enjoys spending time with family (can you say ice cream?) and serving with his wife Ann at their church.