Healtheon Names New Chief Operating Officer and Senior Sales Executive.
Steve Curd Named Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer;
Stephen D. Smith Selected as Executive Vice President, Sales
Healtheon Corporation (NASDAQ: HLTH), a leading provider of advanced Internet-based solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced the appointment of Steve Curd as executive vice president and chief operating officer and Steve Smith as executive vice president of worldwide sales. Curd joins Healtheon from UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) where he served as the chief information officer of Uniprise, a division of the UnitedHealth Group, a $17 billion healthcare giant. Smith joins Healtheon after serving as a vice president of sales for HBO & Co., the largest U.S. provider of healthcare information systems.
"Steve Curd's depth of experience in strategic information technology in the healthcare industry as well as his strong leadership abilities in fast-growing, technology focused organizations are invaluable assets to our management team and the future of Healtheon," said Mike Long, chief executive officer of Healtheon. "As a champion of the Internet for increased efficiencies and better quality customer service, Steve understands the important role Healtheon plays in streamlining the business of healthcare."
About Steve Curd
A scientist by training and creator of a patented high-speed digital image process, Curd has focused much of his career on resolving system integration challenges. With UnitedHealth Group, he successfully introduced new technology solutions to the industry and healthcare organizations through the company's numerous acquisitions of health plans, including MetraHealth. He also led the organization's efforts to refine the information system applications for claims processing, customer service, billing and electronic adjudication services.
Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Curd was responsible for the data processing infrastructure for CIGNA, and the scheduling and route planning systems for American Airlines.
Curd received his master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from William Jewell College in Missouri. His scientific papers have been published in the American Journal of Physics and journals of the National Academy of Sciences. He also has offered insight on the management of information technology in articles in InformationWeek, Computerworld and Open Computing.
Curd will be relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three children.
About Stephen D. Smith
Stephen Smith brings 27 years of healthcare industry experience to Healtheon. He has spent the past 11 years selling healthcare information services to large institutions in the healthcare industry on behalf of HBO & Co. Smith's responsibilities at HBO & Co. included all sales in the western half of the United States. Prior to joining HBO & Co., he served as president of the Peabody Group, which provides managed care and decision-support software and consulting services. Smith also spent 14 years with Ernst & Young where he was partner-in-charge of the Northern California healthcare consulting practice.
"Healtheon is building the most effective sales capability in the healthcare industry; with Stephen Smith, we have the right person to lead that effort," Long added. "Steve's entire career has been focused on understanding customers' needs, then assembling software and information services into comprehensive solutions for healthcare institutions. Steve excels at quickly assimilating multiple sales forces and offerings into a cohesive, single, market-facing organization."
Smith received his bachelor's degree in business administration from California State University, Northridge. He is a certified public accountant and a long-term r esident of San Francisco. Smith is married and has two children.
Healtheon is the leader in applying advanced technology to enable healthcare providers and consumers to interact with each other and the institutions of healthcare--to securely communicate, exchange information and perform complex transactions. Healtheon's services simplify the business and clinical processes of healthcare, provide more timely access to information, provide faster and more convenient service, and lead to higher quality, more affordable care. Healtheon can be reached at (888) 486-9498 or www.healtheon.com.
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|Date:||Feb 12, 1999|
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