50th Anniversary Video

MEDITECH's 50th Anniversary

50 years of bold innovation.

A. Neil Pappalardo founded MEDITECH with the revolutionary belief that computers could transform the way we care for one another. Five decades later, that innovative spark burns brighter than ever. MEDITECH has stood at the vanguard of healthcare IT since Day One, embracing whatever changes the industry throws at us, and finding new ways to improve healthcare for patients, providers, and organizations everywhere. The most exciting part? We feel like we’re just getting started.

1960s
U.S. Social Security Act Amendments

The U.S. Social Security Act Amendments are signed into law on July 30, 1965, establishing Medicare and Medicaid health insurance for some of the most vulnerable populations. This legislation would challenge providers to accommodate an enormous influx of new patients.

A. Neil PappalardoIn 1966, MIT graduate A. Neil Pappalardo and his colleagues establish the first computer software language for the hospital environment. The MUMPS technology continues to be used today by many large hospitals for high-throughput transaction data processing.

Business Partners

In 1968, Pappalardo and his business partners found Medical Information Technologies Inc. (MEDITECH), a Massachusetts-based company creating lab IT systems for healthcare organizations. It officially opens for business on August 4, 1969.

1970s
MRI scans introduced

Healthcare costs rise dramatically during this decade of inflation, increasing hospital expenses and profits, and driving greater use of medical technology. New MRI and CT scans show how digital technologies can improve early diagnosis and treatments.

HMO Act of 1973 is enacted

The Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) Act of 1973 is enacted, providing federal endorsement, certification, and assistance for prepaid group health plans.

MAGIC platform introduced

MEDITECH expands its product line to encompass a more integrated healthcare information system (HIS). In 1979, the company also releases a powerful new I.T. platform called MAGIC, the foundation of MEDITECH’s software for the next decade.

1980s
Privatization and profit based focus

U.S. healthcare shifts toward increased privatization and a more corporate (profit-based) focus. Medicare shifts to payment by diagnosis (DRG), instead of by treatment, and private health insurance plans soon follow suit.

First Macintosh PCs

The HIV/AIDS epidemic and rising cocaine use highlight a growing need for more proactive education and public health strategies. At the same time, commercial cell phones and the first Macintosh PCs set the stage for more informed, tech-savvy consumers.

 MAGIC customers grow in Canada and Saudi Arabia

MEDITECH continues to grow its integrated MAGIC product line, while also expanding into international territory with new customers in Canada and Saudi Arabia.

1990s
Health care reform fails

Healthcare reform fails, and costs rise at double the rate of inflation despite Managed Care efforts. By the decade’s end, 44 million Americans are living without health insurance.

Introduction of The Internet

The Internet opens up a whole new world for patients to have greater access to healthcare information, while email makes communication between providers (as well as between providers and patients) both easier and faster.

Introduction of HIPAA

With the introduction of HIPAA and the IOM’s “To Err is Human” report on medical errors, clinicians must take on greater responsibility for providing safer, more secure, and higher quality care. MEDITECH introduces its new, user-friendly Client/Server IT platform.

2000s
NIH announces sequencing of human genome

In 2000, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the initial sequencing of the human genome, an achievement that would advance prevention, diagnosis, and treatment strategies for many genetic disorders.

MEDITECH introduces 6.0 EHR platform

MEDITECH introduces its 6.0 EHR platform as the first step towards a truly integrated, interoperable healthcare ideal. The company now has a growing presence in all 50 U.S. states, as well as Canada, the UK, Ireland, and South Africa.

HITECH Act creates financial incentives

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act creates financial incentives for the adoption and meaningful use of EHRs. Interest and investment in EHRs skyrocket, but true culture change takes time.

2010s
Affordable Care Act creates cost-efficient health insurance

As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands cost-efficient healthcare insurance coverage across the U.S., providers are pushed to adopt care delivery methods that emphasize value. More healthcare organizations undertake population health and predictive surveillance strategies as a result.

MEDITECH's Patient Portal empowers patients

The opioid crisis, as well as increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, highlights the need for providers to build stronger relationships with patients and promote wellness. The integration of MEDITECH’s Patient Portal with wearable activity trackers empowers patients to take more responsibility for their own health.

MEDITECH Expanse logo

As healthcare expands far beyond the walls of the hospital and physician’s office, administrative demands on clinicians begin to take their toll. MEDITECH Expanse - the first entirely web-based EHR - offers them a more mobile, personalized user experience, while connecting the complete patient story across all care settings and networks.

More than software.

Healthcare is all about people, and MEDITECH is no exception. We may be best known for our solutions, but our identity runs deeper than that. Meet some of the unique people behind your EHR.

Nhien Bui

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Samantha Kerley

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Fred Mayer

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Michael Triggs

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Caryn Budd

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Javier Guzmán

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"We are proud to celebrate 50 years in this industry, and we continue to strive each day to maintain the spirit of innovation that we’ve established as a company. Our Expanse platform is the result of our long-standing commitment to identify what clinicians need so they can provide the best care for their patients and deliver high-quality service at a reasonable cost."

Michelle O'Connor

President and Chief Operating Officer, MEDITECH

"From its beginnings, MEDITECH has embraced a family-oriented culture that makes caring for people a priority. It's reflected in the software we create, and it's something that we've continued to instill in our employees as our company has grown. Whether it's giving back to our local communities or advancing healthcare on the global scale, we feel lucky to be in the position to improve people's lives."

Lawrence A. Polimeno

Vice Chairman, MEDITECH

“Fifty years later, we are still just people with a desire to help care for others. The possibilities of technology will continue to move far beyond what even the young teams of today can envision. But the goal remains the same. Giving caregivers back their home life. Helping patients take control of their own health. Putting people first.”

Howard Messing

CEO, MEDITECH

“Throughout our 25-year relationship, we’ve seen healthcare undergo massive shifts. MEDITECH has always found ways to evolve with us, support new strategic directions, and deliver results. As our two organizations have grown, the dedication to this partnership and achieving our common goals has only deepened. The foundation of such a relationship is trust.”

P. Martin Paslick

Senior Vice President and CIO, HCA

"In the beginning we had no great and far reaching plan. Each event, every decision, a success here, a mistake there, would take us another step forward."

A. Neil Pappalardo

Chairman & Founder, MEDITECH

“From MAGIC, to C/S, to Expanse, MEDITECH has always found ways to bring something new to the table. Over the course of our 30-year partnership, they’ve provided Avera Health with EHR solutions that have helped us to grow into a multi-state regional healthcare system. They understand what an organization needs from their EHR, and what providers and patients want from it.”

Jim Veline

Senior VP and CIO, Avera Health

“I always feel MEDITECH’s focus is on us, the customer, and the patients that we care for. It’s not about next quarter’s earnings. It’s about delivering a long-term investment, and building a long-term relationship with your partners that matters.”

Denni McColm

CIO, Citizens Memorial Hospital

“I think MEDITECH listens to their customers and their needs. They recognize that physicians and nurses are experts too, and they’ve evolved their product in a way that makes customers say, ‘You know, they heard what we wanted, and found a creative way to build a system that works best for us.’ That’s something that sets MEDITECH apart from other vendors.”

Bruce McNulty, MD

VP and CMO, Swedish Covenant Hospital

“From the early days of our MIIS install (yes, I remember that), MEDITECH has always had a vision of the future. Technology has changed in ways we could never dream of, and yet MEDITECH has been a leader throughout this journey. Once again, they are on the cutting edge as they introduce Expanse and new ways to envision healthcare data. It is hard to believe it has been 50 years, or that I have had the pleasure of working with Neil, Howard and the team for over 34 years. Congratulations on 50 years of innovation and customer service!”

Mark Farrow

VP HITS, CIO, Hamilton Health Science

“As a customer and consultant, there’s a family component to MEDITECH. It’s not just software. It’s not just delivering products. It’s the experience. Expanse is designed with a thoughtfulness that shows that MEDITECH is paying attention to their customers and how they interact and grow with the platform. It’s like family — you know that MEDITECH is going to take care of you.”

William Gustin, MD

MEDITECH

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50 years in healthcare has given us so much to celebrate, and we want you to be part of the conversation. Use #MEDITECH50 on social media, and join the celebration!