May 22, 2006 08:00 ET

WNCHN's Gary Bowers Selected as Executive Forum Panelist and Speaker at 2006 MUSE Conference

SOLVANG, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 22, 2006 -- MEDSEEK, a leading provider of content management and web applications with more than 500 hospital clients, announced that Gary Bowers, executive director of Western North Carolina Health Network (WNCHN), a MEDSEEK client, has been selected as a panelist at the pre-conference CIO Executive Forum of the 2006 Medical Users Software Exchange (MUSE) International Conference. The forum, titled "Building Blocks to a RHIO," will be held at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla., May 30, followed by the MUSE conference and exhibition May 31 through June 2.

WNCHN is an alliance of 16 not-for-profit, community-based hospitals, county health departments and other healthcare providers, including six MEDITECH facilities. It supports healthcare organizations using MEDITECH-developed software and technologies to provide a user-driven networking environment conducive to learning, exchanging ideas and sharing information to continually improve organizational performance.

According to MUSE Director Martha Sullivan, "We chose Gary as a panelist for our Executive Forum based on his experience working with WNCHN and the six MEDITECH hospitals it represents. Attendees will benefit from his in-depth knowledge and insights on trends and issues impacting RHIOs."

Bowers also will present "MEDITECH in a RHIO World" on Wednesday, May 31, at MEDSEEK's Booth #617 at 11 a.m., and during a regular conference session at 3:30 p.m. He will explain how WNCHN recently launched the Data Link project to link 16 area hospitals to electronically share critical patient information using AccessPt. healthcare portal technology and IBM Websphere Application Server. This solution has resulted in the first regional health information organization (RHIO) in North Carolina and one of the largest in North America.

As part of his presentation, Bowers will demonstrate the data link system that currently connects four MEDITECH Magic facilities in the Western North Carolina area: Angel Medical Center, Haywood Regional Medical Center, Ruthersford Hospital and Transylvania Hospital. By early 2007, all 16 participating WNCHN hospitals will be linked, six of which are MEDITECH sites. This system allows participating doctors and other authorized hospital clinicians to quickly, easily and securely access and view patient information over the Internet in a matter of seconds so they can accurately and efficiently provide treatment and avoid duplication of costly tests.

About Western North Carolina Health Network

The WNC Health Network is a collaboration of hospitals, county health departments, Mountain AHEC and other healthcare providers to support the delivery of cost-effective, quality health services to the Western North Carolina region. The Network's members include Angel Medical Center, CarePartners, Cherokee Indian Hospital, Harris Regional Medical Center, Haywood Regional Medical Center, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, The McDowell Hospital, Mission Hospitals, Murphy Medical Center, Pardee Memorial Hospital, Park Ridge Hospital, Rutherford Hospital, Spruce Pine Community Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, Swain County Hospital and Transylvania Community Hospital. For more information, visit

About AccessPt.

AccessPt., a leading developer of Internet software solutions, utilizes web browser and portal technologies to maximize their healthcare integration expertise. AccessPt. leverages existing HIS applications to function as the central viewpoint for all patient data. With a library of over 100 proven application interfaces, AccessPt. is recognized as a leading authority in the industry. For more information, visit


Solvang, Calif.-based MEDSEEK provides healthcare organizations with online content management technology for more efficient communication and interaction among institutions, caregivers and patients. MEDSEEK's software application developed specifically for healthcare and the web creates the infrastructure for more powerful Internet, intranet and portal solutions. With a library of over 100 proven application interfaces, MEDSEEK also provides clinical integration, leveraging existing HIS applications to function as the central viewpoint for all patient data. MEDSEEK, which has been recognized on Deloitte & Touche's Los Angeles Technology Fast 50 list for four consecutive years, has more than 500 installed hospital clients, including Henry Ford Health System, Advocate Health, Pediatrix Medical Group and the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more, visit or call 888-MEDSEEK.

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