SOURCE: The Doctors Company

June 18, 2008 11:48 ET

Media Alert: The Doctors Company's Experts Available to Discuss eHealth Records

NAPA, CA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) - Experts from The Doctors Company, the nation's leading physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, are available to comment on the emerging trends of online personal health records and the electronic medical record, and their impact on physicians and patients.

Specific issues that experts from The Doctors Company can discuss include:

--  Definitions and key differences between the three types of eHealth
    Records: the personal health record (PHR), the electronic medical record
    (EMR) and the electronic health record (EHR)
    
--  Benefits of using eHealth Records for both physicians and patients
    
--  How eHealth Records have the potential to improve quality of care,
    facilitate medical compliance and disease management
    
--  Patient and physician responsibilities for updating information in
    eHealth Records
    
--  The impact of eHealth Records on physicians' liability risk
    
--  eRisk Guidelines for online physician-patient communication
    
--  The Health Care Notification Network for rapid online delivery of FDA-
    mandated product recalls and warnings
    

According to a 2007 survey of nearly 700 physicians conducted by The Doctors Company, 36 percent of surveyed doctors utilized EMRs in their practice, while only 6 percent used PHRs. The top three factors that motivated physicians to implement PHRs included: better and more convenient records (22 percent), safer care for patients (21 percent), and increased office efficiency and billing benefits (18 percent).

To schedule an interview with a spokesperson from The Doctors Company, please contact: Suzanne Meraz, (707) 226-0261, smeraz@thedoctors.com

About The Doctors Company

Founded by doctors for doctors in 1976 to advance, protect, and reward the practice of good medicine, The Doctors Company (www.thedoctors.com) is the nation's leading physician-owned medical malpractice insurer. With $2.6 billion in assets, 35,000 physician members, an A- rating by A.M. Best Company, and an A rating by Fitch Ratings, The Doctors Company enjoys a reputation as the industry vanguard.

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