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CareEvolution extends RHIO HEADSTART™ -- Health information exchange grants for technology deployment

A Revolutionary Program Offering Capital and Technology Grants to Select Communities Ready to Execute Patient Data Sharing Initiatives


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CareEvolution Extends RHIO HeadStart™ -- Health Information Exchange Grants For Technology Deployment

A Revolutionary Program Offering Capital and Technology Grants to Select Communities Ready to Execute Patient Data Sharing Initiatives

WASHINGTON, D.C., and ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN., September 26, 2006 -

CareEvolution, Inc. announced that it is accepting applications from established Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIO) and health care providers for RHIO HEADSTART™, an innovative program offering financial and technology grants to support qualified applicants that are prepared to execute on their plans for health information exchange. The program - which will award up to three grants worth between $100,000 and $ 250,000 each - is part of CareEvolution's continued commitment to connecting healthcare.

CareEvolution announced the program at the Third Health Information Technology (HIT) Summit being held in Washington, DC this week. The HIT Summit is the leading conference for health information technology policy at the federal and state levels.

Despite advances in site-specific electronic medical records, attempts to link records amongst healthcare organizations are just getting started. Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIO) have emerged as an organizational strategy for enabling healthcare providers to share clinical data electronically.

"Our review of RHIO efforts highlights that it is critical to effect the transition from the study of the idea of data exchange to actually showing it working for real patients in a timely manner. This transition is key to insuring that caregivers remain engaged in the process but you can see that many RHIOs stumble right at the pilot phase," said Vik Kheterpal, MD, a principal at CareEvolution, Inc. He continued "it is the classic chicken-or-the-egg problem - if you have a pilot up and running it builds momentum, but it takes real momentum to get a pilot up and running. Those who have succeeded all highlight the importance getting a small-scale but real pilot up and running to demonstrate the value to the stakeholders in a very concrete way. Yet, it is notoriously difficult to transition out of the planning, governance, and policy discussions to focus on pilot deployment. So, RHIO HEADSTART™ is our way of helping communities accelerate the actual deployment of working pilots" added Kheterpal.

Details about the grant program, application process, selection criteria, and timeline are available at www.careevolution.com/headstart. The 30 day application process will open on October 2, 2006.

About CareEvolution, Inc.

CareEvolution is a leading provider of secure interoperability solutions. Our RHIO platform offering is a robust Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) to enable RHIOs� heterogeneous underlying EMRs to �share� clinical information in a secure, reliable, and incremental manner. Distinct component such as Identity Management, Record Location, Clinical Data Integration, Audit & Log, Data Persistence, Visualization, Terminology, and Data Mining may be adopted piecemeal or as a comprehensive technology platform.

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