High Plains Rural Health Network starts using E-Ceptionist scheduling service

Houston 29 November 2001E-Ceptionist Inc. has signed an agreement with the High Plains Rural Health Network, a comprehensive health care programme encompassing four states in the USA and twenty hospitals, and will begin providing the E-Ceptionist Internet based scheduling service to the Network. The service allows users such as administrators, doctors, patients, etc., to schedule health care appointments in real time over the Internet as well as to manage the health care process after the appointment occurs. The service is secure and encrypted and the privacy of patient information is protected.

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E-Ceptionist will allow twenty hospitals located in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming to schedule appointments with specialists over the Internet in real time and allow for the management of the e-health process between the general practitioners and specialists, thereby reducing the waiting period for such appointments and delivering higher quality speciality care to rural areas in the Network. The service will also allow rural sites to sign up for educational programmes and administrative conferences.

"E-Ceptionist allows the Network's patients greater access to speciality care by scheduling their appointments over the Internet in real time", stated Steven Mecklenburg, Chairman of the Board of High Plains Rural Health Network. "High Plains Rural Health Network's use of E-Ceptionist is another example of how E-Ceptionist delivers excellence in health care to rural health networks", commented Dirk Voorhees, E-Ceptionist's President and Chief Executive Officer.

Merrick Alpert, E-Ceptionist's Chairman, spoke to the issue of what the service means for the rural communities in the service area: "E-Ceptionist is proud to play our part in making high quality health care more available to the people in the heartland of the United States." E-Ceptionist Inc. is located in Houston, Texas. The company owns and licenses the E-Ceptionist service.

High Plains Rural Health Network is a comprehensive health care programme encompassing twenty hospitals in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming. The Network delivers speciality and subspeciality care to historically underserved areas in those states. Headquartered in Brush, Colorado, the Network provides interactive video conferencing technology to deliver speciality medical care, continuing medical education, and administrative business services to member hospital facilities throughout the region.

E-Ceptionist Inc. currently provides the E-Ceptionist scheduling service to many customers including WellPoint, on behalf of its affiliate Blue Cross of California, and the United States Military's TRICARE Network. More details are available in the following VMW articles:


Leslie Versweyveld

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