PocketScript enables e-prescription on BlackBerry wireless handhelds and sets up pilot with partners

New York 21 January 2003Medix Resources Inc. has closed an alliance with PocketScript and Research In Motion (RIM) to enable physicians to execute secure electronic prescriptions using their BlackBerry wireless handhelds. This announcement follows the news that Medix and PocketScript have entered into a definitive agreement providing for Medix's acquisition of PocketScript. In addition, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA), in conjunction with Express Scripts Incorporated, Medix Resources and PocketScript, is conducting an electronic prescribing pilot leveraging the PocketScript system.

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PocketScript and RIM have collaborated to extend PocketScript's electronic prescribing point-of-care technologies so that they can be utilised on Java-based BlackBerry handhelds. Medix provides Internet-based health care communication, data integration, and transaction processing software through its Cymedix product line.

"Our ability to deliver a single integrated solution to the physician is significant. With the BlackBerry wireless platform, we enable the physician access to patient information irrespective of location. This frees the physician from having to carry a pager, cell phone and PDA, while simultaneously increasing their productivity", stated Stephen Burns, President and CEO of PocketScript.

"I don't think it should be underestimated just how significant this development is for the proliferation of technologies for physicians. With our pending acquisition of PocketScript and the alliance between RIM and PocketScript, we see an exciting opportunity to expand Medix's product offerings, all bundled into this neatly portable platform", stated Darryl Cohen, Medix CEO and President.

BlackBerry is a wireless enterprise platform that allows users to stay connected with secure, wireless access to e-mail, corporate data, phone, Web and organiser features. With BlackBerry, mobile professionals get effortless access to their important information and communications while on the road and IT departments get centralised administration in a secure solution. BlackBerry is a totally integrated package that includes hardware, software and service, providing a complete end-to-end solution.

The BCBSMA programme involves 100 nurses, primary care and specialist physicians across the state using the latest point-of-care technology to ease the administration and improve the safety of prescribing drugs for their patients. BCBSMA is New England's largest health plan, providing coverage to 2,4 million members. Medix Resources provides Internet-based health care communication, data integration, and transaction processing software. Express Scripts serves as the pharmacy benefit manager for BCBSMA.

PocketScript will deliver patient-specific eligibility, formulary and prescription history information to the point of care, allowing physicians to create accurate, secure electronic prescriptions with only a few touches of the handheld screen.

The technology and information has been significantly enhanced through PocketScript's connection with RxHub, the co-operative industry consortium formed by pharmacy benefit management (PBM) companies to provide a common platform enabling safer, more accurate prescribing, enhanced member convenience, and a significant decrease in pharmacist calls to physicians' offices using the latest technology. Utilising the RxHub interface, PocketScript can identify BCBSMA members as having Express Scripts benefits, and provide relevant information to the prescribing physician at the point of care.

The BCBSMA pilot will test the effect of wireless technology on physician office work flow and prescribing patterns. In connection with the pilot, BCBSMA will track the utilisation of the prescribing devices, physician satisfaction, as well as conducting time-motion studies in both physician offices and retail pharmacies. Physicians are anxious to try this new technology, and BCBSMA currently has a waiting list of practitioners who are interested in participating in the trial.

Dr. Andrew Baumel of Framingham Pediatrics was one of the first physicians participating on the pilot to use PocketScript. "I like the PocketScript system because it eliminates any errors due to handwriting. It also decreases the amount of time it takes to write a prescription and the time my staff takes to fax it over to the pharmacy."

Dr. James Fanale, Chief Medical Officer of BCBSMA, stated: "Patient safety and high quality medical care for our members are the primary goals at BCBSMA. We will continue to look for technology that will improve the quality of care delivered to our members and will ease the administrative burdens that our network physicians face."

"The automatic drug-to-drug interaction check increases patient safety by reducing potential negative interactions. The physician work flow focus of the PocketScript electronic prescribing system saves the physician valuable time and enhances the efficiency of medical practices by reducing phone calls between pharmacies and physician offices. The technology enables the physician to spend more time talking with and counseling their patients", concluded Darryl Cohen.

On December 18, 2002, Medix Resources and PocketScript LLC signed a definitive agreement providing for Medix to acquire PocketScript. This acquisition is subject to certain conditions of closing, including approval of Medix's shareholders.

Medix Resources Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiary Cymedix Lynx Corporation, is the developer and provider of the Cymedix suite of fully-secure, Internet-based transaction software products. The Cymedix suite of products enables communication of high value-added health care information among physician offices, hospitals, health management organisations, and health insurance companies.

Express Scripts provides integrated PBM services, including network pharmacy claims processing, mail pharmacy services, benefit design consultation, drug utilisation review, formulary management, disease management, medical and drug data analysis services, medical information management services, and informed decision counseling services through its Express Health Line division. The company also provides distribution services for speciality pharmaceuticals through its Specialty Distribution subsidiary and sampling services through its Phoenix Marketing Group subsidiary. Express Scripts is headquartered in Saint Louis, Missouri.

PocketScript LLC develops software applications for wireless, handheld devices to improve physician efficiency and work flow. Its flagship product, PocketScript, allows physicians to electronically write and transmit prescriptions; receive formulary and drug interaction information; access education and compliance services; and connect wirelessly to the Internet. PocketScript is the first vendor to enter into a definitive connectivity agreement with RxHub.


Leslie Versweyveld

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