Kevin Hutchinson - Named President and CEO of Prematics(TM) - Focuses on
Advancing Physician Adoption of Electronic Prescribing
BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Prematics today announced that it has named Kevin Hutchinson, one of the nation's most respected experts in health information technologies and the former president and chief executive officer of SureScripts, to lead the company's next phase of growth as president and CEO.
"Kevin is an industry renowned champion of health information technology, having spearheaded the development and successful growth of SureScripts, operators of the nationwide Pharmacy Health Information Exchange," said Prematics Chairman James Bradley. "In particular, his proven ability to successfully build interoperable healthcare solutions makes him an invaluable asset for the next stage of Prematics' growth. I'm excited to work side-by- side with Kevin as we take on this new challenge to further the adoption and utilization of electronic prescribing for physician practices."
Prematics offers physician practices clinical information technology services in an elegant easy-to-use interface that improve efficiency and enable more informed decision making at the point of care. The company employs a unique, service-based strategy that overcomes common barriers to physician adoption. It provides ongoing physician support and fully manages all aspects of its services, including equipment and connectivity, at no charge to the physician practice.
During the past year, Prematics used this approach to successfully deploy ScriptTone(SM), the company's electronic prescribing service, in Central Pennsylvania. A first-of-its-kind initiative, the effort was designed to drive widespread adoption among physicians in a specified geographic region. With success achieved from its initial deployment, Prematics has enhanced its service implementation process and application, and is now evaluating several new markets for its next deployment.
"Now that the critical infrastructure is in place, Prematics is in a great position to take advantage of the strong momentum to transform the way in which prescriptions are written today. Its unique approach to driving the utilization of electronic prescribing means Prematics partners with physician practices and is invested in their success. This is what physicians are looking for when they consider automating the exchange of clinical information and transactions like electronic prescribing," said Hutchinson. "I look forward to working with the strong team of industry leaders Prematics has assembled to move the company into its next phase of development and choosing the next market for electronic prescribing deployment."
Mr. Hutchinson, regarded nationally as a leading expert on healthcare technology, has given testimony before the various Senate and House Committees as well as the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, helping to clear the path to providing meaningful incentives to physicians and pharmacies for adopting electronic prescribing. His mission remains clear -- that electronic prescribing must remain a national priority.
As president and CEO of Prematics, Mr. Hutchinson will serve on the company's board of directors, which is chaired by James Bradley, the founding CEO of RxHub and one of the nation's most experienced healthcare executives. Prematics is backed by two top-tier private equity firms, General Catalyst Partners and Foundation Capital. Ken Novack, special advisor to General Catalyst Partners and former vice chairman of both America Online (AOL) and Time Warner, also serves on Prematics' board of directors, as does Rich Redelfs, general partner of Foundation Capital, who has more than 20 years of experience in networking and communications.
Mr. Hutchinson currently serves as a member of the American Health Information Community (AHIC) in addition to a number of leading industry organizations. He was appointed by Secretary Leavitt to serve as one of 16 commissioners of a federal advisory body, chartered in 2005 to make recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on how to accelerate the interoperability and adoption of health information technology. He has been instrumental in advancing efforts to recommend the necessary standards and priorities to accelerate adoption of healthcare IT.
Prematics is an innovative healthcare information technology service
provider committed to providing clinical technology solutions for
physicians that improve the safety, quality and efficiency of healthcare.
The company offers ScriptTone, the nation's first easy-to-use, fully
managed electronic prescribing service designed for busy practicing
physicians. This reliable and highly secure service is delivered over the
company's proprietary end-to-end network and equips physicians with the
critical patient information they need at the point-of-care to prescribe
the most clinically appropriate and cost- effective prescriptions.
ScriptTone benefits all of the key industry stakeholders by driving patient
safety, lowering costs, and streamlining fulfillment. More information
about Prematics can be found at http://www.prematics.com.
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