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Bridge Medical CEO John Grotting to help launch new alliance to improve healthcare delivery

Bridge Medical, Inc.

Bridge Medical President and CEO John B. Grotting--an expert on the use of barcoding technology to promote patient safety--will join American Hospital Association President Dick Davidson, and other healthcare leaders as they announce the formation of a National Alliance for Health Information Technology at a day-long summit next Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

AHA is serving as the catalyst for the Alliance, a new partnership representing a broad spectrum of leading healthcare providers, information technology vendors, and national associations with the capacity, resources and commitment to agree upon, and develop, voluntary information technology standards. U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.)--a nationally recognized leader in healthcare reform--is expected to address the June 25 meeting, which aims to promote information systems standardization in healthcare.

Many experts believe adoption of technology standards will help improve healthcare delivery. For example, no uniform standards exist for barcoding of medications, thereby making it more difficult for hospitals to utilize the latest technology that would improve the medication distribution and administration process. In fact, only 11 percent of hospitals participating in a recent survey are utilizing barcode technology, which has been proven to increase safety.

WHAT: The National Alliance for Health Information Technology: Connecting Health Care Through Information Systems--The Leadership Imperative
(visit www.bridgemedical.com/pdf/Agenda0625Forum.pdf for the most up-to-date meeting agenda)
WHEN: Tuesday, June 25, 9 am - 3 pm
WHERE: The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC
(202-347-3000 or 800-228-7697)
WHO: Executives from the American Hospital Association--and other key National Alliance members--including Bridge Medical President/CEO John Grotting will be available to the media at 10 am in the Grand Ballroom.

Grotting will join experts from the FDA, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Premier, Novation and others, in a panel on "Standardizing Bar-Coding: Making it Happen" moderated by AHA Senior VP Rick Wade a senior at the American Hospital Association.

An IT firm in Solana Beach, Calif., that has pioneered the use of barcode technology in healthcare, Bridge has been honored for its patient safety solutions and educational initiatives. Prior to joining Bridge, Grotting was vice president for care delivery operations at the $2.6 billion, 1859-bed Allina Health System. (See www.bridgemedical.com/grotting.shtml)

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CONTACT

Bridge Medical, Carol Somer, 858-314-5538, 888-578-0100 x5538, 703-593-5786 (cell) or csomer@bridgemedical.com
Polidais LLC, for American Hospital Association and the Alliance, Robin Strongin, 202-408-6889, robinstrongin@polidais.com
Burness Communication, Linda Loranger or Marie Clark, 301-652-1558

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