SOURCE: RelayHealth

July 01, 2005 08:00 ET

Healthcare Veteran David Pure Joins RelayHealth as Vice President, Medical Group Sales

Will Head New Sales Division Created to Service Growing Market Among Large Medical Groups and Health Systems

EMERYVILLE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 1, 2005 -- RelayHealth Corporation, the nation's premier provider of health plan-reimbursed online doctor-patient communication services, today announced that David Pure will fill the newly created role of vice president, medical group sales.

A senior sales executive with extensive experience in the healthcare information technology market, David has held leadership positions with companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 conglomerates to entrepreneurial startups.

Most recently, David served as Area Vice President-Information Solutions for McKesson Provider Technologies, a $1.2 billion division of healthcare information leader McKesson. In this role, David was responsible for selling software and services and ensuring customer satisfaction among large, complex healthcare systems.

"With the appointment of David Pure, we're adding an experienced sales executive with strong leadership skills and a terrific track record to our growing team," said Giovanni Colella, MD, president and chief executive officer of RelayHealth. "We're seeing sales to large medical groups growing over 100% annually -- and in excess of our forecasts. We're responding to this demand by adding a new team devoted solely to medical group sales, and staffing it with seasoned sales executives. We're delighted David has joined RelayHealth to spearhead this effort. He has the intensity and industry savvy necessary to manage the aggressive growth we anticipate in this sector."

In addition to his tenure with McKesson, David has held senior executive-level positions with SmarTalk, a multimedia patient communication technology startup; Pace Health Management Systems, a clinical nursing documentation systems provider; Clinicom, a public company offering innovative wireless point-of-care systems to hospitals; and SMS, a leading provider of medical software and service solutions.

"In my 20 years within the healthcare information technology market I've rarely seen an opportunity this exciting," remarked David Pure. "RelayHealth has built a service whose time has come: Patients are demanding it, health plans are supporting it, and demand within large healthcare delivery organizations is clear. I look forward to harnessing the terrific potential of RelayHealth and to growing its medical group business."

About RelayHealth Corporation

RelayHealth is the premier provider of payor-reimbursed secure online healthcare communication services linking patients, healthcare professionals, health plans, and pharmacies. A secure, clinically structured productivity platform for the medical office, the RelayHealth service is an emerging online communication standard, interfacing with both commercial and custom-built electronic medical record systems through the company's interoperability toolkit. Research studies show RelayHealth reduces phone traffic and increases physician productivity through modular features like the webVisit® clinical consultation and eScript® electronic prescribing -- one reason leading health plans nationwide increasingly reimburse providers who use the RelayHealth service. For healthcare consumers RelayHealth improves convenience, access and communication with their own doctors. For information, visit

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