SOURCE: Surescripts

December 01, 2006 08:00 ET

SureScripts Names David Yakimischak as Chief Technology Officer

Former Dow Jones and MedicaLogic/Medscape Executive Joins Nation's Largest Electronic Prescribing Network

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 1, 2006 -- SureScripts®, the nation's largest network provider of electronic prescribing services, today announced that David Yakimischak has joined the company as chief technology officer and executive vice president. Mr. Yakimischak will oversee a team responsible for all information technology, support operations, product development and product management, including SureScripts' extensive technology provider certification program. Mr. Yakimischak comes to SureScripts from Diet Channel Network, where he was CTO of a Web portal dedicated to helping people lose weight and be healthy. He will report to SureScripts chief operating officer, Rick Ratliff.

"We continue to recruit talented people who are passionate about the opportunity to build a safer, more efficient and higher quality prescribing process that benefits tens of thousands of people every day in communities across the country," said Ratliff. "Fulfilling that mission rests squarely on our continued ability to ensure a seamless, secure and scalable exchange of information between caregivers on the network. David will lead SureScripts' efforts around this most fundamental task."

"As a technologist with one of the pioneering organizations in health information technology, David was responsible for reinventing how physicians and patients access health information," said Kevin Hutchinson, president and CEO of SureScripts. "Leading a team of technology professionals, David's innovative mind will help SureScripts continue to reinvent how physicians, patients and pharmacists share information electronically."

"The SureScripts network offers a simpler, safer and more cost efficient means of transmitting prescriptions electronically and is rapidly emerging as one of the nation's leading health information exchanges," said Mr. Yakimischak. "SureScripts is enabling community pharmacists, patients, and physicians to share more and more information every day. I am proud to have the opportunity to ensure the availability, integrity and security of that information to the benefit of patients and health care providers everywhere."

Mr. Yakimischak has 25 years of experience in technology management and product development in the health care, financial and publishing industries. Prior to his role as CTO of Diet Channel Network, he was the CTO at JSTOR, a non-profit archive of scholarly journals.

From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Yakimischak was the CTO at MedicaLogic/Medscape, a leading provider of electronic medical record (EMR) software and developer of the leading clinical reference Web site for physicians and medical professionals. He played an important role in taking the company from early startup through an IPO, a merger with two other health care companies and, finally, through its acquisition by WebMD and GE Medical Systems (now GE Healthcare). Mr. Yakimischak was responsible for all technology, including development, operations, information technology and business systems.

Prior to his work with MedicaLogic/Medscape, Mr. Yakimischak served as the director of product development at Dow Jones Interactive where he worked to transform the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones News Retrieval into a leading supplier of news and information via the Web. He had responsibility for product development, project management, quality assurance, technical support and consulting services.

Mr. Yakimischak started his career at Merrill Lynch Canada, where he was responsible for telecommunications and datacenter operations.

Mr. Yakimischak has served on the editorial advisory board of InfoWorld magazine, is a founding member of the CTO Club in New York City, and studied computer science and engineering at the University of Toronto.

About SureScripts

SureScripts®, the largest network provider of electronic prescribing services, is committed to building relationships within the health care community and working collaboratively with key industry stakeholders and organizations to improve the safety, efficiency and quality of health care by improving the overall prescribing process. At the core of this improvement effort is the SureScripts Electronic Prescribing Network™, a health care infrastructure which establishes electronic communications between pharmacists and physicians and enables the two-way electronic exchange of prescription information. Today, more than 90 percent of all pharmacies in the United States are certified on the SureScripts network. More information about SureScripts is available at

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