Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Press Release: Healthcare Information Technology Pioneer, Charles W. Kean, Retires After 43 Years

Charles W. Kean
Unibased Systems Architecture, Inc. (Unibased) announced that Charles W. Kean is retiring after 43 years in the healthcare information technology (HIT) industry. Recognized as one of the original HIT pioneers, Charlie helped shape the future destiny of GE Medinet, McDonnell Douglas Healthcare Division (now Boeing), Unisys, Ferranti, Motorola EMTEK (now Eclipsys Corporation), and Unibased. With an exceptional ability to develop innovative sales strategies in achieving plans and objectives, Charlie launched his career with his first major sale of the GE Medinet product to Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and Hospital Affiliates, LLC in 1972. As Vice President of Sales for McDonnell Douglas Healthcare Division, Charlie repositioned the company with “turnkey” products in the late 1980’s, resulting in industry-leading market share and the eventual sale to American Express Healthcare Solutions which later became HBO & Company (McKesson). Other stops at Unisys, Ferranti, and Motorola resulted in major EHR contracts with the top academic healthcare organizations, setting the stage for CPOE promulgation. Prior to joining Unibased, Charlie was the National Accounts Director for Eclipsys Corporation, where he assisted in establishing the VHA HEALTHvision relationship, guiding the development of business strategy for physician and consumer portals. Charlie has spent the last 10 years at Unibased as Vice President of Sales and Client Relations, orchestrating ground-breaking access management and surgery management sales to some of the largest multi-entity healthcare organizations in the country.

L.V. “Skip” Covington, Unibased Chairman and CEO, stated, “The ‘Charlie Keans’ of the industry will not and cannot be replaced. Charlie was a significant contributor to both the creation and growth of the HIT industry, initially selling time-sharing solutions, then moving on to financial service bureau solutions, and eventually to enterprise turnkey solutions. His HIT provider, vendor, and acquaintance contacts were his friends, much more than business opportunities. He will retain his long list of friends and stay in touch; and in that sense, will never really ‘retire’ from the industry. We wish Charlie all the best and thank him for his years of service, hard work, and dedication.”

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