Glen Tullman Bio
Glen Tullman
Allscripts

 
Glen E. Tullman joined Allscripts as Chief Executive Officer in August 1997 to lead the Company’s transition into the healthcare information sector. He led the Initial Public Offering and Secondary Offerings of the Company, which is now traded on NASDAQ (MDRX) and has driven the Company to become the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians and other healthcare stakeholders use to improve the quality and reduce the cost of healthcare.

Prior to joining Allscripts, from October 1994 to July 1997, Mr. Tullman was Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Systems, Inc., a leading healthcare information services company providing resource management solutions to large integrated healthcare networks. Mr. Tullman led the company’s Initial Public Offering and secondary offerings. HBO and Company of Atlanta acquired Enterprise in 1997 in a stock transaction valued in excess of $250 million. From 1983 to 1994, Mr. Tullman served in a number of management roles including President and Chief Operating Officer of CCC Information Services, a provider of information systems to the country’s largest property and casualty insurers. Under his leadership, the company grew from $17 million to more than $100 million.

Mr. Tullman graduated from Bucknell University Magna Cum Laude, with a double major in Economics and Psychology. Upon graduation, he joined the Executive Office of the President of the United States in Washington, D.C. and later accepted a Rotary Fellowship to study social anthropology at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, England. Mr. Tullman serves on the International Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and is Co-Chair of the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative (NEPSI), a $100 million campaign, led by Allscripts and Dell, to deliver free electronic prescribing to every physician in America. Mr. Tullman has been recognized for his accomplishments in many venues including CEO of the Year by the Illinois Information Technology Association, Ernst & Young 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year in the technology category for the Midwest region and most recently, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.

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QSocial anthropology isn't a popular way into a career leading technology companies.

AI went to Bucknell University and I lived with the Amish. I was fascinated with their culture and even wrote my honors thesis about my experience. Then I went to Oxford for my diploma in social anthropology, which stemmed from my original research on the Amish.

QLike the movie Witness without the murder?

AIt's a long story. Short version is, I worked on a professor's farm planting blueberry bushes to help pay for school. When he had a heart attack, his wife called and asked for help. The farm was snowed in, so the first task was to shovel by hand the snow from a mile-and-a-half-long driveway. When I reached the top, I saw a bunch of farm animals. They saw me too, and that's when we realized that this kid from New Jersey didn't know what to do. Then I heard this clickety-clack and saw a carriage. It was the Amish neighbors who had come to help. They milked the cows and then invited me back to eat with them. It was like Star Trek, being beamed back 100 years with no electricity and no connection to the outside world. That's how I ended up writing about the Amish.

QYou learned business at your brother Howard's start-up, Collateral Corporation, then went on to lead Enterprise Systems, and now Allscripts. What do you think drives an entrepreneur?

APart of the reason you're successful is you're hungry. Most entrepreneurs had something that was dysfunctional in their background - either their parents were divorced, they were poor, or they had a hardship of some kind. They almost always have something to prove.

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