SOURCE: Surescripts

October 26, 2009 09:48 ET

Media Advisory: Rhode Island Announces New System to Track Swine Flu

State Becomes First to Have 100% of Pharmacies e-Prescribing

WARWICK, RI--(Marketwire - October 26, 2009) -

DATE:       Monday, October 26, 2009

TIME:       10:00 AM EST

LOCATION:   Oxnard Pharmacy
            198 Buttonwoods Ave
            Warwick, RI

            Audio Conference: 1-877-869-3840 / access code: 97489#

WHAT:       At a press conference featuring healthcare leaders from
            throughout the state, Governor Donald L. Carcieri will announce
            that Rhode Island has launched a new system for tracking swine
            flu. Unprecedented in its approach, the system makes use of
            prescribing data provided by pharmacies throughout the state
            via a secure electronic link.

            In yet another first for the state and the nation, Rhode Island
            will also announce that it has now connected 100 percent of its
            retail pharmacies for e-prescribing. By connecting all of the
            state's pharmacies to the Surescripts network, Rhode Island is
            not only further supporting the growth of e-prescribing and
            improvements in the cost, quality and safety of prescriptions
            processed in the state, it is creating new opportunities for
            meaningful use of the state's rapidly expanding digital
            healthcare infrastructure.

SPEAKERS:   Governor Donald L. Carcieri

            Laura Adams, President & CEO, RIQI

            Dr. David Gifford, Director, RI Dept. of Health

            Dave Feeney, Owner/Pharmacist, Oxnard Pharmacy

            Papatya Tankut, VP of Pharmacy Professional Services,

            Harry Totonis, President and CEO, Surescripts

            Dr. David Gorelick, Aquidneck Medical Associates, Newport, RI

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