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Todd C. Cozzens, Arts ’77


Todd CozzensThere’s more than one way to help save a life. Todd Cozzens does it through IT.

Todd is cofounder and CEO of Picis, a Massachusetts-based company that provides integrated computer systems for hospital use. Not just any part of the hospital, mind you, but the really critical parts — the emergency room, operating room and intensive care unit, where Picis systems sustain the rapid flow of clinical, operational and financial information.

“We deal with the sickest patients in the hospital,” Todd says. “We’ve done a lot to help our hospital customers improve the quality of care of these critical patients, reduce mortality, increase patient satisfaction and recapture lost revenue.”

Todd co-founded Picis in 1994 after a successful stint at Marquette Medical Systems, now GE Healthcare. Under his leadership, Picis has grown more than 1,500 percent since 2001, earning Todd recognition as Ernst & Young’s 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year.

Todd’s successful course in life has included more than just his career. He graduated from the Harvard Business School Executive Program for Management Development and is a four-time member of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team. He serves on the executive board of Boston’s Inner City Scholarship Fund, which helps fund Catholic schools in Boston, and on the board of overseers of Newton Wellesley Hospital.

It was at Marquette, Todd says, that he found his “life compass.” Entering as “a jaded, skeptical teenager of the post-Watergate ’70s,” he found inspiration from a much older source.

“The Jesuit education made me much more passionate about quenching my growing thirst for knowledge,” he says. “I can’t say enough about how that period enriched my ability to communicate.”

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