2000 Distinguished Service Award: John Holton

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John P. Holton
Chief Executive Officer
MSISyE ’75, BS History ’72

From his role in a company that handled scheduling and materials management at two-thirds of the hospitals in the U.S. and Canada to the on-line ingenuity behind his current business, the story behind John Holton’s success in the healthcare industry is, literally, history.

A Kenosha native, Holton earned his bachelor’s degree in history from UW-Madison in 1972. Then, with one eye on the economy and the other to the future, he turned his interests to health systems engineering and in 1975 earned an MS in industrial engineering.

Twenty-five years later, the visionary Holton is chief executive officer of his second healthcare-related business, scheduling.com, which he founded in 1999. The Internet-based business revolutionizes hospital-physician and physician-consumer connections. Through scheduling.com, clients can schedule and register patients; verify their eligibility, medical needs, referrals and authorization; check their credit and send automatic appointment reminders–on-line and in real time.

Holton’s first company, the Atwork Corp., twice made the “Inc.” list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies. At its peak, Atwork provided resource management systems to more than 2,000 hospitals in the United States and 400 hospitals in Europe.

Prior to founding Atwork, Holton was a nursing, laboratory and information-systems administrator for four years at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, California.

Currently he directs the JWS Foundation, which provides students with need-based college scholarships, and is a member of the Healthcare Information Systems Society.

With his wife, Wanda, and their 6-year-old son, Sam, Holton lives in Los Gatos, California. In his free time he enjoys biking, tennis, skiing and playing baseball.