Baton Rouge – Department of Health Secretary Fred Cerise announced today the hiring of Edward Driesse as Chief Information Officer for DHH. 

Driesse joins the Department from Los Angeles, California, where he was employed as the Chief Information Officer for Fortune 500 Company AECOM Technology Corp.  He also held the same position for Foster Wheeler, Ltd. in New Jersey, where he managed a multi-million dollar budget and oversaw the global deployment of their business management software program.

According to Dr. Cerise, “Driesse’s knowledge and expertise will be a great asset as LDH works to consolidate its information services.  He has successfully eliminated technological redundancy and its resulting financial waste in his previous jobs. This background is vital to our efforts to create further efficiencies in our use of technology.”

Driesse will be responsible for the overall technological direction of DHH.  He will manage the information technology services for the Department’s various programs, as well as oversee project budgets and supervise employees.  As Chief Information Officer, Driesse will also provide the vision to master information technology as a tool for successfully implementing the health care redesign initiative in Louisiana.

Driesse is a native son of Louisiana, holding both a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Computer Science degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.