Former HIT Coordinator of Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Joins Cognosante

MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cognosante, a leading provider of IT services to healthcare organizations, announces the addition of John Calabro, most recently the Health Information Technology (HIT) Coordinator for the state of Oklahoma Health Information Exchange (HIE) Trust, as managing director of the company’s HIT offerings for state and federal clients. In this position, Mr. Calabro, a 25-year health industry veteran, is leading the development of the next generation of modular Medicaid and HIE solutions.

“John was truly an innovator for the state of Oklahoma and we are privileged to have him join Cognosante,” said Michele Kang, Cognosante’s CEO. “Leveraging his deep experience in state Medicaid programs will be a tremendous asset to our clients. John provides the leadership necessary to help bridge the gap between state and federal programs.”

“Cognosante’s contributions to the Medicaid Information Technology Architecture and accomplishments over the past two decades in the state Medicaid environment have positioned them well to lead the industry in a transition to the modular age,” added John Calabro. “I look forward to working with executives at both the state and federal level to bring agile enterprise solutions and services for the benefit of better efficiency and improved outcomes for healthcare entitlement programs.”

In Mr. Calabro’s prior role, he provided leadership, direction, management and coordination of HIT strategy, including oversight of the implementation of federal and state requirements for HIT and HIE, for the Oklahoma HIE Trust. He also provided health informatics leadership, vision and direction to the HIT office in collaboration with the Oklahoma State HIE Governance Committee. Previously, Mr. Calabro served as Chief Information Officer for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and Director of Information Services for the University of Oklahoma Family Medicine Health Sciences Center. He holds an MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma and a BA in mathematics from Wilkes University.

About Cognosante

Cognosante is a leading provider of IT services to healthcare organizations. The company assists its clients in developing, managing and executing complex healthcare information programs and infrastructures. Its expertise includes standards development, interoperability, business and technical architecture, modular system integration, health informatics, Medicaid, health information exchange, improper payment, health insurance exchange, NwHIN, and The Direct Project. Please visit for more information.


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