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From the Allscripts earnings call:

  • CEO Paul Black resigned Friday, effective immediately, saying that a new generation of leaders is needed now that the company’s focus is its Veradigm business.
  • President and CFO Rick Poulton, who has been with the company for 10 years and is 56 years old, took over as CEO on Saturday.
  • Black will leave the company’s board when his term expires this year.
  • SVP/GM Thomas Langan has been promoted to president, while SVP/GM Leah Jones has been named CEO.
  • Poulton said that selling the company’s hospital and large practice software business to Constellation Software will leave Allscripts more focused and with 5,000 fewer employees.
  • With the sale, Veradigm represents 95% of Allscripts revenue, along with a “small unrelated product line” that makes up the remaining 5%.

Allscripts shares dropped 6% Friday after the earnings announcement after Thursday’s market close. They are up 22% in the past 12 months versus the Nasdaq’s 12% loss, valuing the company at $2.2 billion. They are up 68% in Paul Black’s 10-year tenure as CEO versus the Nasdaq’s 309% gain.

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Shares in the Global X Telemedicine & Digital Health exchange-traded fund were down 20% in the past month versus the Nasdaq’s 13% loss. They’re down 26% since the fund’s inception in July 2020 versus the Nasdaq’s 15% gain.


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  1. Hats off to Paul Black who was handed a bag of sh*t in taking over Allscripts from Glen and actually creating some value for investors over his tenure.

  2. Paul Black and the rest of the incompetency examples at the top of Allscripts deserve nothing but contempt and a thorough investigation by the SEC/IRS, because while they may have created a little bit of “value” for investors the primary motivation for everything they did was to create some “value” for their own personal bank accounts – at the expense of everything else at this company. People have been predicting him leaving and buying a private island somewhere for as long as its been clear that Black’s ONLY motivation was to dismantle everything, sell off the pieces, and extract every last possible drop of blood from a very dry stone – any “value” for shareholders was just an unintended consequence. If you examine the history carefully, you would see that “Shareholder Value” outside of the Board/C-Suite was never actually considered – just enough to keep things legal, but never the true objective.

    Listening to the Allscripts C-Suite/Board make big noises about “Caring about people’s health” and “Bringing a digital healthcare future to customers” over the years has been vomit-inducing. They purposely dismantled most of the Product Development groups, off-shored everything they possibly could to India, got rid of most of their highly-competent intelligent and experienced workers either through lay-offs or creating a chaotic stressful environment, had management shake-ups every 6-9 months without fail, and lied through their teeth at every possible Press Release or Public Appearance. With a little effort and expense, they could have come up with a better strategy for producing Healthcare Software that you know, actually had “Improved Outcomes” and “Healthcare Solutions” that would improve the lives of clinicians and patients alike – and they PURPOSELY squandered ALL OF IT just to be able to cash in on their stock options. A lot of lives were ruined – and yes, there have been suicides and early deaths due to the environment at Allscripts, which has been extremely toxic for many years now. So you can take your hat off to Paul Black if you want, but if like me you have some ethics and morals you’ll just be nauseated by the sheer waste of it all. One can only hope that the wheel of Karma turns hard on those who have been at the helm.

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