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Greenway Medical Technologies Leads Ambulatory Interoperability Exchange
Date:7/9/2008

Leading Healthcare Information Technology Company Provides Interoperable

EHR Solution Capable of Standards-Based Clinical Data Sharing

CARROLLTON, Ga., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Greenway Medical Technologies Inc., recently participated in the National Health IT Week's Capitol Hill Technology Showcase, held in Washington D.C. the week of June 9, 2008. The showcase marked one of the healthcare IT industry's first and most successful real-time demonstrations of ambulatory software providers exchanging healthcare data between disparate EHR systems.

The unique health information exchange took place at the Capitol Hill Technology Showcase with more than 150 key decision makers in attendance including members of Congress, government health officials, healthcare IT companies, regional health information organizations (RHIOs) and other health information technology (HIT) leaders. Greenway(R), NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc., IBM and Initiate Systems all took part in the demonstration. During National Health IT Week, public and private entities collaborated to advance health IT adoption with "one voice, one vision."

Members of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) and the Electronic Health Record Vendor's Association (EHRVA) demonstrated real-time, standards-based exchanges of healthcare information using a common scenario of a patient with a cardiac health condition needing medical attention from multiple care providers. The scenario documented the process as the patient moved through numerous care settings, showing that the benefits of interoperability are here today and capable of streamlining the exchange of healthcare information between disparate providers while improving overall healthcare in the U.S.

In February 2007, the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) approved the Continuity of Care Document (CCD), which set standards for interoperability that enabled clinical data to be transportable, thus enhancing patient safety and efficiency. Acting upon this documentation, Greenway designed its EHR solution, PrimeSuite(R), to meet the CCD standards for interoperability. Greenway continues to develop and deploy interactive data integration tools geared toward collecting patient-centric information from other ambulatory care systems. In July the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT(R)) added the requirement that CCHIT Certified(R) Ambulatory EHR 2008 products be capable of sending patient summaries using the CCD standards.

"Greenway is excited with the success and collaboration achieved by two of the HIT industry's leading EHR providers," said Justin Barnes, vice president of marketing and government affairs for Greenway. "The showcase effectively demonstrated the reality of data sharing from one ambulatory product to another and the call to action is clear, it is time we bring interoperability from a concept into a practical working exchange that will improve the quality of healthcare across the board and afford EHR adoption incentives such as the Stark relaxation to increase EHR availability."

"There remains a sense that it is not yet possible to electronically exchange meaningful healthcare data. Real-time demonstrations such as this event and use of the Continuity of Care Document shows that what was once simply a concept is now beginning to positively impact the way EHR providers design their solutions," said Lisa Spellman, director of IHE at HIMSS. "Today's practitioners are starting to understand and request applications that provide interoperability between systems -- we look forward to more EHR vendors committing to interoperability as it plays a key role shaping the way healthcare is provided in the U.S."

About Greenway Medical Technologies Inc.

Greenway Medical Technologies provides the latest in ambulatory healthcare business solutions and services to 18,000 customers nationwide, in 30 specialties and subspecialties, by enhancing the delivery of patient care through innovative HIT software and on-demand services that allow physician practices to function at their highest level of efficiency. Greenway's PrimeSuite is a comprehensive, interoperable component of its integrated physician's infrastructure solution, which serves as the starting point of a long-term business plan for physician practices. PrimeSuite 2007 R2, the first EHR to be certified by CCHIT(R) based on 2007 Ambulatory Certification requirements, integrates a practice's clinical, financial and administrative processes, and allows practices to increase profitability, enhance patient satisfaction and facilitate adherence to compliance guidelines. Established in 1998, Carrollton, Ga.-based Greenway Medical Technologies is a privately held company with 260 employees. For more information about Greenway, visit http://www.greenwaymedical.com

About National Health IT Week

National Health IT Week, held annually, is the leading forum for developing common ground to advance adoption of health information technologies that transform health and care in the U.S. Organizations with diverse perspectives on health and care gather to work together under one banner with the goal of improving healthcare efficiency, quality, cost-effectiveness and patient safety through health IT.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in the press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting the Company's operations, markets, services and related products, prices, and other factors.
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