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June 24, 2013

Stephens Hires Healthcare IT Analyst

Stephens Inc. today announced the expansion of its Research Division's healthcare and technology practices, introducing Mohan Naidu, CFA, as a Vice President and Research Analyst covering the healthcare information technology (HCIT) sector.

Working from Stephens’ Chicago office, Mr. Naidu will launch coverage on the healthcare IT sector. This sub-industry coverage will complement Stephens’ current 6-member healthcare research effort focused on healthcare services, medical devices, diagnostics and life science tools. As this coverage area encompasses healthcare and technology, Mr. Naidu’s research will also prove relevant to Stephens’ tech research team.

“With healthcare IT adoption at record levels, I believe that HCIT companies will play a key role in U.S. healthcare reform. For the first time, we are going to have minable clinical and claims data in digital form for the vast majority of the U.S. population,” noted Mr. Naidu. “This data, coupled with the innovation in HCIT, should help the industry discover potentially lifesaving treatment protocols and improve population health management while making a dent in healthcare costs.”

Mr. Naidu has more than 13 years of experience in HCIT including industry and Wall Street involvement, starting with his role in healthcare design and development with General Electric. In 2001, Mr. Naidu developed GE Centricity brand products for healthcare imaging. During his tenure at GE, Mr. Naidu served as a senior lead system designer and product development manager in the healthcare division. He served on the product advisory council for GE’s acquisition of IDX; he subsequently helped the company acquire and integrate Dynamic Imaging.

In 2008, Mr. Naidu joined Piper Jaffray & Co. in Chicago as an equity research analyst in healthcare services and HCIT. He built industry and company specific models to analyze the impact of the HITECH Act (U.S. healthcare stimulus) on HCIT company earnings, while also generating investment ideas and performing due diligence relevant to company capital raising. He was a member of the healthcare team lauded by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “Best of the Street” in 2012.

After obtaining his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, Mr. Naidu achieved his masters in computer engineering from Syracuse University (NY). He went on to obtain his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

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