Great River, NY — Netsmart Technologies, Inc., a provider of software and services for health and human services organizations, has announced that Paul Black has joined the company’s board of directors. Black brings significant additional healthcare and software technology expertise to the board as Netsmart positions for continued growth and development of industry-leading solutions.
Black served with publicly-traded Cerner Corp., a global supplier of healthcare information technology and services, from 1994 until his retirement as COO in 2007. He played an instrumental role in the company's double digit organic growth for 13 years.
Prior to Cerner, Black was with IBM from 1982 to 1994 in a number of senior sales and professional services leadership positions. Black also serves on the boards of Saepio, Inc., Connextions, Inc. and Haemonetics Corp., and is the board chairman of Truman Medical Centers.
“The transformational pace of change in health information technology presents a tremendous opportunity for our customers to offer even higher quality clinical care and better serve their communities,” said CEO and board member James L. Conway. “Paul’s background and experience is a perfect fit for Netsmart as we help our customers effectively embrace technology for positive outcomes and consumer-directed care.”
Black joins other members of the Netsmart board with significant technology or financial experience, including Mark Hanson, former senior vice president for Corporate Development and chief of staff for Siebel Systems, Inc.; Steven Mankoff, former senior vice president, Global and Technical Services at Siebel Systems, Inc.; and Roman Margolin, former associate with Willis Stein & Partners and analyst at J.P. Morgan.
“I’m pleased to join the board of Netsmart, the clear industry and visionary leader in behavioral and public health,” said Black. “I look forward to involvement at this critical time when the integration of behavioral health with primary care and acute care has taken center stage, and as we work to improve upon the shorter life expectancy of this vulnerable segment of our population, which is often attributed to lack of coordination with primary care providers.”
Black also serves as a volunteer with several civic and charitable organizations in the Kansas City area. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa.
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