Atlanta–Based BCA Head Albert Woodard Selected One of USA's Top 50 African-Americans in Technology
November 30, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology NewsATLANTA (NOVEMBER 30, 2011) – Albert Woodard, chairman, CEO and president of Atlanta-based Business Computer Applications Inc. (BCA), has been named one of the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology and will be honored in Washington, D.C. January 14-15.
Woodard will join the other honorees at the 12th annual Innovation & Equity Symposium themed Capitalizing Creativity: Job Creation and Innovation. The event, which will be held at B. Smith Union Station in the historic former Presidential waiting room, is sponsored by the multimedia publishing firm eAccess Corp.
"Woodard's entrepreneurial spirit in leading BCA is symbolic of the African-American high technology companies, competing at the highest levels of innovation for government and business markets," said John William Templeton, a former business journalist who has led eAccess for the past 21 years and spearheads the annual selection process. He said that according to the 11th annual Silicon Ceiling: Equal Opportunity and High Technology, African-Americans account for 1,000 patents yearly.
Templeton said Woodard was selected for his leadership at BCA where he deployed one of the country's first Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems and built the world's largest telemedicine system outside the US Department of Defense's military EMR. Under his guidance BCA became a major provider of health IT products and services to Atlanta's Grady Hospital System, several federally qualified community health centers and a large number of private practices. The company also has a 15-year long relationship with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that was just extended for an additional 10 years.
Among those being honored along with Woodard at this year's session are NASA Administrator Charles W. Bolden; FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg; EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson; Dr. Larry Robinson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration (NOAA); Vice Adm. (ret.) Melvin Williams, Associate Deputy Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Energy; The Honorable Anthony Miller, Deputy Secretary of Education - all of Washington, D.C.; Dr. Ernest A. Bates, CEO of American Shared Hospital Services, San Francisco, CA; Eric Williams, executive director of research and development,San Francisco, CA; Eric Williams, executive director of research and development, Micrus Endovascular, Miramar, FL (holder of 20 patents for cardiac stents); Mary A. Spio, CEO of Next Galaxy Media (holder of 8 patents for digital satellite cinema), Orlando, FL; Dr. Juan Gilbert, Chairman of Human-Centered Computing, Clemson University, Clemson, SC; Kenneth Coleman, Chairman of Accelrys and MIPS Technologies, San Jose, CA.
During the January event, Woodard will also participate in a panel discussion with Dr. Jean Orelien, President and CEO of SkiMetrika, Research Triangle Park, NC and Gerald Commissiong, President and CEO of Amarantus BioSciences, Sunnyvale, CA.
Symposium proceedings and profiles on the 50 Most Important will be broadcast to schools nationally on the new television network ReUnion: Education-Arts-Heritage. A ReUnion documentary, A Great Day in Gaming: From Queens to Silicon Valley: The Gerald A. Lawson Story, recently premiered at The Tech Museum of Innovation and African-American Museum and Library in Oakland, CA describing Jerry Lawson, the African-American catalyst for the $23 billion video gaming industry.
Details on the organization and honorees can be found at www.souloftechnology.com.
Business Computer Applications, Inc. (BCA) is a leading provider of health information technology solutions and has served hundreds of clients in public, private, and correctional healthcare. The company offers electronic medical record, practice management, financial management, scheduling, accounting, and case management information systems along with a wide range of consulting and technical services. For more information on BCA visit www.bca.us.