Five Things You May Not Know About MEDITECH Founder Neil Pappalardo


MEDITECH’s very own A. Neil Pappalardo was recently interviewed by Modern Healthcare. Best known for being MEDITECH’s chairman, founder, and former CEO, it’s no surprise Pappalardo’s name and life’s work is recognized in the health IT (HIT) industry.

For instance, while Pappalardo is a well-known innovator and many people admire his role in developing the Massachusetts General Hospital Utility Multi-Programming System (MUMPS) database and computer programming language, there’s quite a bit you may not know about this HIT pioneer. Here are the top five:

  1. As a teen he developed a technique for measuring the growth rate of cancer cells and in college he developed the basic technology to speed up the reading of heart monitors.

  2. His mother encouraged his entrepreneurial spirit, pointing out that if he could make something that was useful to society, he could start a business.

  3. During his first visit with the admissions director at MIT, he was told he wasn’t “particularly qualified to attend,” however, his science project on cancer cells impressed the selection committee.

  4. He started a software company in a time when most people didn’t understand the concept.

  5. MEDITECH’s entry-level homegrown hiring philosophy stems from the fact the company in its early days couldn’t hire people who had experience in the software field because there wasn't anybody who had it at the time.

Be sure to check out the full Modern Healthcare article for more surprising facts about MEDITECH’s HIT pioneer.