SOURCE: AdvanceNet Health Solutions Inc.

March 07, 2005 10:00 ET

Advancenet Health Solutions, Inc. to Test New Open Healthcare Registry (OHR) Initiative to Foster the Public Adoption of Electronic Connectivity Between Healthcare Partners as Outlined by the

Recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Legislation

SOUTHAMPTON, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 7, 2005 -- AdvanceNet Health Solutions (ANSHealth), Inc., an exclusive provider of state-of-the-art ePharmacy solutions, today announced that it will be testing a new initiative called Open Healthcare Registry (OHR) in an effort to promote the best use of technology in healthcare as outlined by the recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) legislation. Testing will be localized to the Philadelphia market in an effort to foster the adoption of electronic connectivity between physician, pharmacies and other healthcare partners to help cut errors, increase efficiency and reduce costs.

OHR is based on the Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) protocol that is one of the major building blocks required for successful Web services. The UDDI protocol is a cross-industry effort driven by major platform and software providers, as well as marketplace operators and e-business leaders within the OASIS standards consortium. Using UDDI, ANSHealth believes healthcare partners will be able to "freely discover" one another via the Internet, removing the barriers and costs currently imposed by proprietary hubs and gateway services. Once the preferred healthcare business is discovered, business descriptors will provide real-time communication and encryption information to the user, allowing for secure, peer-to-peer transmission of data.

According to John Strecker, President and CEO of ANSHealth, "OHR is not another costly, proprietary healthcare network. Think of OHR as the public Domain Name Server, or DNS, of healthcare, providing free 'discovery' information to all healthcare community participants."

ANSHealth plans to leverage their existing ePostRx product suite in initial testing, which will consist of transferring electronic prescriptions between peers using the NCPDP SCRIPT standard. ANSHealth believes OHR can be applied to many other industry transactions such as ERM and HL7. If the testing is successful, ANSHealth plans to make OHR freely available to all healthcare partners who wish to register and participate.

Strecker added, "Our long-term goal is to make OHR the standard, public platform that enables healthcare companies and electronic applications to discover and securely publish information with one another."

To learn more about ANSHealth or the ePostRx™ solution suite, please visit http://www.anshealth.com.

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