Meghan Sifuentes Vanderstelt, MPA
Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH)
Meghan is the health information technology manager at MDCH, where she is responsible for managing the planning, development, coordination, and implementation of activities related to the state implementation of health information technology (HIT). She is also largely responsible for coordinating the implementation plans of a future state-wide health information exchange (HIE). Through these roles, she works directly with internal stakeholders at MDCH as well as other interested parties throughout the state—from those in other state agencies to private and public sector health services units and vendors. She frequently offers recommendations to MDCH’s Director Jim Haveman and executive committee regarding important HIT and HIE implementation decisions. She is also the Michigan liaison to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator, managing communications and monitoring grants related to the progress that Michigan is making toward meeting federal HIT and HIE requirements.
Prior to her current role as the state’s HIT manager, Meghan had over five years of experience working for the state of Michigan. In 2007, she worked in communications at the Michigan Department of Treasury, where she worked on various issues to generate communications to help simplify the state taxation process for various stakeholders in the state. After a few months, she transitioned to MDCH, where she served as a hospital reimbursement policy analyst for several years. At this role, she was one of the state’s experts on Medicaid hospital reimbursement policy. Meghan graduated with her MPA in 2008 and her B.A. in education in 2006. She earned both degrees from Western Michigan University.