A retired U.S. Naval Officer, William has over 25 years of leadership experience in health care and information systems. Both a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer and a Certified Digital Health Executive, Walders was named Florida Large Enterprise CIO of the Year in 2022 and was a finalist for National CIO of the Year. Among many accolades, William was honored as a University of Florida Outstanding Young Alumni (2013), Federal Health IT Innovation Award Winner (2018) and ISE East Executive of the Year in Cybersecurity (2022).
Walders also has a long history of engaging in the community through service on both professional and local boards.
A Florida native, Walders was born in Tampa and lived in the Bay area until joining the military. He earned a Bachelor of Science in management information systems from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in business/healthcare administration from the University of Florida.
We're looking for things that stitch IT together. Digital enablement. How do we do that in the ambulatory and the acute space rather than being beholden to the Cerner's, Epics and Allscripts of the world? Because that’s our biggest spend, right? I'd be hard pressed to know any CIO who doesn't spend eight plus figures on their EHR provider.
In my mind the CIO is the CDO plus the network operations guy. If you extract the CDO element from it or the CIO, they’re no longer the fun, cool, glamorous techie. They're just operations, right? You might just want an IT operator that says greenlight screen network is on and we're safe. But I think that really great CIOs do both.