Meditech turns 50: 5 things to know about the company's history

It's been nearly 50 years since Meditech opened for business in 1969.

Here are five things to know about the company's history:

1. Meditech's story begins five years earlier, in 1964, when the company's current chairman A. Neil. Pappalardo worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. There, he developed a computer programming language designed for the healthcare industry, called the MGH Utility Multi-Programming System, which is still in use today.

2. Mr. Pappalardo went on to found Medical Information Technology, abbreviated as Meditech, in 1968, building on his belief that computer systems would be able to streamline care processes throughout the hospital setting. The company officially opened for business in August of the next year.

3. Today, Mr. Pappalardo serves as chairman of the company, a role he has held since 1994.

4. Prior to his post as chairman, Mr. Pappalardo served as Meditech's president and CEO. Howard Messing, who joined Meditech as a programmer in 1974, has since taken over those roles.

5. Meditech provides its EHR solution to more than 2,300 institutions around the globe. Roughly 650 of its customers are international, including organizations in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Kuwait and Mozambique.

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