WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO) announced today that Aneesh Chopra, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is returning to the company as Senior Advisor, Health Care Technology Strategy. The Advisory Board Company is a research, technology, and consulting firm serving the world's leading health care and higher education organizations. In this role, Mr. Chopra will consult with member hospitals on integral technology and open data issues, as well as contribute to the company's business development and strategic planning efforts.
"I am excited to return to The Advisory Board Company, where I spent close to a decade of my career," Chopra said. "The firm has always been dedicated to identifying and disseminating best practice research, and I am thrilled about how the Advisory Board has grown to offer best-in-class technology products. This combination of research-driven insights and innovative software is creating groundbreaking change in the health care industry by equipping members to capitalize on the power of technology to improve health outcomes while reducing costs."Chopra was appointed by President Barack Obama as the nation's first CTO and previously served as Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In his former senior management position at The Advisory Board Company, Chopra served as a Managing Director and led research on optimizing staff productivity, improving hospital and health plan financial performance, and collaborating with physicians to enhance quality while lowering costs. In addition, he was instrumental in launching the firm's first foray into deploying business intelligence capabilities to drive performance improvement in health care. "As the Federal government's first CTO, Aneesh drove sweeping change with his signature optimism and passion for the transformative power of technology," said Robert Musslewhite, Chief Executive Officer of The Advisory Board Company. "We are thrilled to tap into his unique insights and experience to spur innovation and benefit our members." About The Advisory Board CompanyThe Advisory Board Company is a global research, technology, and consulting firm partnering with 125,000 leaders in 3,200 organizations across health care and higher education. Through its innovative membership model, the firm collaborates with executives and their teams to elevate performance and solve their most pressing challenges. The company provides strategic guidance, actionable insights, web-based software solutions, and comprehensive implementation and management services. For more information, visit the firm's new website, http://www.advisory.com. SOURCE The Advisory Board Company