HealthCare Partners Appoints Industry Expert Zan F. Calhoun CIO

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert Margolis, MD, CEO of HealthCare Partners, Ltd., announced today that health care information systems expert Zan F. Calhoun joined the company on November 1st as Chief Information Officer (CIO). Calhoun was formerly president of OAO Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

“HealthCare Partners welcomes Zan Calhoun to its senior management team,” said Margolis. “He brings formidable expertise and a well-earned reputation for leadership in healthcare information technology to our company. Health care today is an increasingly complex business, which requires timely information for decision making. Zan Calhoun will help us define and implement the strategic IT decisions necessary to support continued clinical excellence as we expand our organization.”

Melayne Yocum, chief operations officer, elaborated on the role Calhoun is expected to play in the company: “HealthCare Partners looks to Mr. Calhoun’s IT leadership in the three areas critical to our company’s continued success - clinical support, financial systems and administrative services. Integrated information systems are an integral part of our strategic plan to adopt and adapt world class technologies. Given disparate systems and databases for specific functional areas, a major challenge Mr. Calhoun faces will be forging and supporting interoperability.”

“I am delighted to be part of an organization widely recognized for its innovative spirit and the high quality of medical care it delivers,” said Mr. Calhoun. “The health care industry -- and physician groups specifically -- face complex challenges in controlling risk, increasing operational efficiency and productivity, and supporting clinical decision making. At HealthCare Partners, information systems and technology are key to the change strategies we will employ to meet these challenges.”

Zan F. Calhoun has a distinguished history in healthcare information technology in both payer and provider segments of the industry. He specialized in realizing ROI-based improvements, defining and achieving strategic goals, conceiving and executing new products, and developing innovative approaches to health plan and hospital operations. Prior to serving as President of OAO Healthcare Solutions, Inc., Mr. Calhoun was director of the commercial health care consulting practice of BearingPoint (KPMG Consulting). He had previously served 8 years as a partner/vice president responsible for the National Managed Care Group at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (CGE&Y). Mr. Calhoun was a co-founder of First Consulting Group, serving as CEO for 11 years. He began his career in health care by spending 8 years with Arthur Andersen and Co. A certified public account, Mr. Calhoun holds a BS degree in Finance and an MBA. He is the author of Integrating Health Information Systems: A Strategic Development Approach for PHO’s and Other Physician Hospital Alliances. He has authored numerous articles and taught workshops on healthcare IS at UCLA, Harvard and CalState Long Beach.

HealthCare Partners, Ltd., is the parent company of HealthCare Partners Medical Group, the innovative physician group recognized for high rates of patient satisfaction and quality medical care delivery. The medical group continues to grow and thrive with physician leadership at every level of management. The medical group is now composed of 363 physicians practicing medicine from 28 neighborhood offices and four urgent care centers located throughout Los Angeles County. Physicians are assisted by more than 2,100 employees.

HealthCare Partners, Ltd., also owns and supports the operations of several independent physician association (IPA) networks in greater Los Angeles, and owns the Camden Group, a healthcare consulting firm.

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CONTACT: Kimi Mann, APR, +1-323-256-5081, for Healthcare Partners