CINCINNATI, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Streamline Health Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: STRM), a leading provider of document workflow solutions for hospitals, announced today that Robert Watson has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer effective February 1, 2011. Mr. Watson has been involved in the healthcare information technology industry for more than 25 years with extensive experience in all operational facets of the industry from senior management to sales and marketing. J. Brian Patsy, founder of Streamline Health Solutions, and current President and Chief Executive Officer since its inception, has retired at the request of the Board of Directors from both positions and has also resigned as a director of the Company.
Previously, Mr. Watson was President and Chief Executive Officer of DocuSys, Inc., a leading provider of anesthesia information systems that was acquired by Merge Healthcare Incorporated in March 2010. Immediately prior to joining the Company Mr. Watson was engaged as a consultant to several venture capital firms and growth stage healthcare companies. Prior to joining DocuSys, he was Executive Vice President of Business Development of Concuity, a healthcare division of Trintech, Inc. Before that position, he was President and Chief Executive Officer at Concuity Inc, which was acquired by Trintech, Inc. in December 2006.
Prior to joining Concuity in 2001, Watson was acting Chief Executive Officer of HealthTrac Corporation, Chief Executive Officer of IQHealth at Cerner Corporation and has been the founder or senior executive of several successful healthcare organizations throughout his career. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Health Policy Studies and Information and Library Science from Syracuse University.
Jonathan R. Phillips, chairman of the Streamline Health Solutions Board of Directors, said, "We are excited to have Bob Watson join the Company at this critical point in its development. We believe Bob's deep knowledge of the healthcare information technology industry and his experience in driving sales, innovation and strong execution will help Streamline reestablish its growth trajectory and build on the progress we have made to date in taking Streamline to the next level.
"We are also highly indebted to Brian Patsy for his energy and unwavering commitment to the Company over the years. Since founding the Company more than twenty years ago, Brian has built one of the leading healthcare document management and workflow software companies through healthcare market vision, innovation and partnership. We are truly grateful to Brian for all his efforts over the years."
Mr. Watson commented, "I am pleased to be joining Streamline Health at this important time in the Company's history. Streamline Health has a strong reputation in the healthcare information technology industry. I am impressed with the products, the people and the company's position within the market. I look forward to the opportunities ahead with great anticipation."
Mr. Patsy stated, "It is with mixed emotions that I leave my responsibilities with Streamline Health. On the one hand, I am pleased to hand over the executive and operational reins to a highly regarded industry professional the likes of Bob Watson. I have no doubt that he will dramatically leverage the assets of this Company in the coming years. On the other hand, I will miss working every day with the great people of Streamline Health as well as with our prestigious customer base. I believe this is the right time to bring in a new CEO with a solid track record of success to infuse a new level of spirit and energy and drive the company to the next level of development."
In connection with Mr. Watson's hiring, he will receive 50,000 shares of Streamline Health common stock. Mr. Watson will also receive two stock option grants. The first grant will be for 250,000 shares of Streamline Health common stock, with an exercise price equal to the greater of $2.00 per share or the fair market value of a share of Streamline Health common stock on the date of grant. This option will vest in thirty-six monthly installments during the first three years of employment. The second grant will be for 150,000 shares of Streamline Health common stock, with an exercise price equal to the greater of $3.00 per share or the fair market value of a share of Streamline Health common stock on the date of grant. The second grant will vest in five equal annual installments on the first, second, third, fourth and fifth anniversaries of the date of grant. The share and option awards described in this paragraph are inducement grants, pursuant to Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 5635(c)(4).
About Streamline Health
Streamline Health is a leading supplier of document workflow and document management tools, applications and services that assist strategic business partners and healthcare organizations to improve operational efficiencies through business process optimization. The Company provides integrated tools and technologies for automating document-intensive environments, including document workflow, document management, e-forms, connectivity, optical character recognition (OCR) and business process integration.
Streamline Health's solutions create a permanent document-based repository of historical health information that is complementary and can be seamlessly integrated with existing disparate clinical, financial and administrative information systems, providing convenient electronic access to all forms of patient information from any location, including secure web-based access. For additional information, please visit our website at http://www.streamlinehealth.net.
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