Digital Winner – BEST Mobile Platform

ahCT Mobile was launched early in 2014, led by Peter Nichol, Director/Head of IT, Access Health CT, with the vision of applying digital technologies to achieve two major goals – produce market leading consumer services for Access Health CT, and provide a SaaS platform that can provide similar services to other States within rapid time frames, with low implementation risk and at affordable cost. In order to achieve these goals, Access Health CT formed a dedicated cross-functional team for the initiative and hired Amtex Systems as a vendor with experience in digital software product development utilizing Mobile and Cloud technologies to produce a state of the art platform.

Access Health CT is one of the leading State Based Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX) nationally, providing a highly successful implementation since State Based HIX went live on October 01, 2013.


ahCT Mobile is a visionary platform that pioneers the application of digital technologies to HIX, providing a rich Digital API that powers a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform for HIX. It digitizes the business model for HIX to provide a mobile platform and digital services to State Based Health Insurance Exchanges, Private Health Insurance Exchanges, State Health and Human Services organizations and Insurance Carriers.


The Best Platform award is selected from the pick of the crop apps that have moved from roll your own to accelerating by using platforms, platforms like yours. The winner of this category will be a platform or service that makes the App life cycle go easier than other alternatives, it will power features that would have taken years to bring to market and allow App Designers to run and jump where if they had to do it themselves they would just be imagining their solution.


2014 US Mobile & App Design Awards mission is to celebrate the courage of those who commission design and those who create it. design100 provides a collaborative platform of award programs, supported by the world’s most creative minds and organizations, to accelerate the transformation to a design-led marketplace. One that understands that tomorrow is the result of yesterday’s courage. design100 is a platform of award programs focused on promoting the value of design in local markets across three continents. Our unique difference is to recognize and celebrate the courage of both those who commission design and those who create it. One provides the oxygen for design to exist, the other breathes life into the body of work that eventuates. Our aim has always been to develop the conversation between the two. Professional development of practitioners has been well catered for by industry bodies. Our focus is to accelerate the development of those who commission design.



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Peter is a technology executive with 19 years of experience, dedicated to driving innovation, digital transformation, leadership, and data in business. He helps organizations connect strategy to execution to maximize company performance. He has been recognized for Digital Innovation by CIO 100, MIT Sloan, Computerworld, and the Project Management Institute. As Managing Director at OROCA Innovations, Peter leads the CXO advisory services practice, driving digital strategies. Peter was honored as an MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award Finalist in 2015 and is a regular contributor to on innovation. Peter has led businesses through complex changes, including the adoption of data-first approaches for portfolio management, lean six sigma for operational excellence, departmental transformations, process improvements, maximizing team performance, designing new IT operating models, digitizing platforms, leading large-scale mission-critical technology deployments, product management, agile methodologies, and building high-performance teams. As Chief Information Officer, Peter was responsible for Connecticut’s Health Insurance Exchange’s (HIX) industry-leading digital platform transforming consumerism and retail oriented services for the health insurance industry. Peter championed the Connecticut marketplace digital implementation with a transformational cloud-based SaaS platform and mobile application recognized as a 2014 PMI Project of the Year Award finalist, CIO 100, and awards for best digital services, API, and platform. He also received a lifetime achievement award for leadership and digital transformation, honored as a 2016 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader. Peter is the author of Learning Intelligence: Expand Thinking. Absorb Alternative. Unlock Possibilities (2017), which Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times No. 1 bestseller Triggers, calls "a must-read for any leader wanting to compete in the innovation-powered landscape of today." Peter also authored The Power of Blockchain for Healthcare: How Blockchain Will Ignite The Future of Healthcare (2017), the first book to explore the vast opportunities for blockchain to transform the patient experience. Peter has a B.S. in C.I.S from Bentley University and an MBA from Quinnipiac University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He earned his PMP® in 2001 and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Masters in Business Relationship Management (MBRM) and Certified Scrum Master. As a Commercial Rated Aviation Pilot and Master Scuba Diver, Peter understands first hand, how to anticipate change and lead boldly.