EDS has appointed Charles E. Saunders M.D. as president of its global health care industry group. He replaces Dr. Faye Baggiano, who resigned from EDS.
Before joining EDS Saunders served as chief medical officer of WebMD, (formerly known as Healtheon) in San Francisco, throughout its growth to become the e-health leader in the U.S.
“Charles brings an extensive business background in health care technology," said EDS vice chairman Jeff Heller. “He understands what it takes to forge effective partnerships and create solutions for customers.”
Prior to WebMD, Saunders served as a principal with the EDS management consulting firm, A.T. Kearney. Previously, he was executive director of managed care programs for San Francisco General Hospital and medical director of the City and County of San Francisco department of health paramedic division, and director of the emergency department of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
Global IT services spending in the health care industry is $17.1 billion in 2001 and forecast to reach $24.9 billion by 2004, a compound annual growth rate of more than 13 percent.
“The health care industry is experiencing a radical transformation because the maturation and availability of information technology essentially changes the game,” Saunders said. "At the same time, there is a growing desire to have a more efficient health care system in place that delivers lower cost, greater access and better quality.
“IT services will be the centerpiece for making these improvements realities, and the market will increasingly look to an established company that has the global resources and the capability to go the distance.”
Saunders earned a B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Southern California, where he also earned magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors, and a M.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He also served on the faculty of Vanderbilt University and the University of California, San Francisco, where he conducted health system research, authored numerous papers and was editor/author of Current Emergency Diagnosis & Treatment, a medical textbook.
The global services company helps clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their customers’ trust and continuously seek improvement. EDS serves leading companies and governments in 55 countries. It reported revenues of $19.2 billion in 2000.