SOURCE: Surescripts

February 29, 2008 08:00 ET

Reminder - Governors, Members of Congress, Healthcare Providers to Find Out Where Their States Rank in Electronic Prescription Use

Physician Leaders Join to Launch Major E-Prescribing Effort Aimed at Leaving Paper Prescriptions Behind

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - February 29, 2008) - Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will unveil the first-ever nationwide ranking and analysis of electronic prescribing or "e-prescribing" activity across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., during a press conference and breakfast to be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 on Capitol Hill. Mr. Gingrich, who is the founder of the Center for Health Transformation, will also present the third annual Safe-Rx Awards to officials and leading physicians from the top 10 e-prescribing states.

Joining Mr. Gingrich will be Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.). Senator Kerry will discuss pending developments with the E-MEDS bill, a bi-partisan effort led by Senators Kerry and John Ensign (R-Nev.) to expedite the adoption of electronic prescribing technology by physicians across America.

The event will also feature the launch of a new nationwide program designed to help more physicians begin e-prescribing in advance of new Medicare regulations that take effect starting January 1, 2009. The effort is being led by four prominent physician associations -- the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). Dr. William Jessee, president and CEO of the MGMA, will announce the details of this groundbreaking effort by physicians to move from paper to electronic prescribing.

EVENT:     3rd Annual Safe-Rx Awards
           1 - 51 ranking of states and Washington, D.C., based on
           electronic prescription use
           Senator John Kerry to discuss pending developments with E-MEDS
           legislation
           Physician leaders to announce launch of nationwide e-prescribing
           program

SPEAKERS:  Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and founder,
            Center for Health Transformation
           U.S. Senator John Kerry
           MGMA President and CEO, Dr. William Jessee
           E-prescribing physicians and pharmacists
           State and federal elected leaders
           State and federal health officials

           * * * Individual interviews can be arranged upon request * * *

WHEN:      Tuesday, March 4 from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.
           (Breakfast will be served starting at 8:00 a.m.)

WHERE:     Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
           The Thornton Room - 11th Floor
           400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
           Washington, D.C.
           202-737-1234

VIDEO:     B-roll will be available by request

VISUALS:   Photo opportunities with officials from top-ranked states
           High-resolution, 3D and 2D maps depicting state rankings will
           be available for download
           High-resolution graphics detailing e-prescribing adoption
           statistics for all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. will also be
           available for download

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