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First Electronic Healthcare Network in the U.S. Begins Operations in Buffalo, NY
Date:2/16/2009

BUFFALO, N.Y., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthTransaction Network(R) has begun operations with the first national, electronic healthcare transaction network in the United States. The long-awaited program, started by electronic-transaction entrepreneur Joseph Wolfson, came to life last week with the launch of low-cost basic services at community health-care facilities, a new technologically advanced identification card, and an electronic transaction network to facilitate transactions between consumers and healthcare providers.

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With the launch of this unique Network, individuals can now get discounted healthcare services at five regional hospital systems and urgent-care centers throughout the Western New York region that participate in the new electronic network.

Through the new HealthTransaction Network(R), consumers can now access routine physical examinations, eye care, dental exams, mammograms, blood pressure screenings, prescription drugs and other services that might otherwise be out of their reach. Services are provided on a pay-as-you-go basis, with no billing or insurance.

The initiative, under development for sixteen months since its announcement, is aimed at uninsured or underinsured individuals, who can't afford coverage for even primary medical care. The goal is to enable them to get wellness services so they can prevent more serious conditions.

"We're really focusing on that. If people do that, they don't end up with a lot of costly care later," Wolfson said. "If you're a young mom without the money, this is an opportunity to take your young baby to the pediatrician. And it's affordable."

So far, participating hospitals include TLC Health Network's Lake Shore Health Center in Irving and Tri-Count
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