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Looking Forward: Health Information Technology and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

A Continuing Series of Podcasts from Perot Systems on the Impact of Technology on Healthcare

PLANO, Texas, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Edition 2

    Host:    Dr. Harry Greenspun, executive vice president and chief
             medical officer for Perot Systems healthcare group

    Guests:  Tom Leary, senior director of Federal Affairs for Healthcare
             Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
             Meredith Taylor, director of congressional affairs for HIMSS

    What:    "Looking Forward: Health Information Technology and the American
             Recovery and Reinvestment Act" - a podcast hosted by Dr. Harry

    When:    This podcast will be available for download on April 21, 2009


    Contact: Jonathan Moss
             +1 972-577-6395

Perot Systems continues its series of podcasts with a forward-looking discussion about the implications that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the President Barack Obama's 2010 budget request will have on health IT and health reform.

The following quotes from Tom Leary and Meredith Taylor are highlights of the podcast:

Regarding some of the highlights in the President's budget:

"We're seeing the $20.8 billion investment in incentive payments that begin in 2011 as an important milestone. We're seeing generally a plus-up within health and human services," said Leary.

On how the budget deficit will affect Congress' decision to pass it:

"There are high hopes and large goals to echo the president's mission for healthcare reform this year. And I would say, with the Democratically controlled Congress, they're going to receive the president's call for a reserve fund for healthcare reform, that $630 billion, with largely open arms around the goal of reforming the way we do healthcare in the United States," said Taylor.

On what issues could impede progress of this legislation:

"In the past, privacy and security around personal health information has been a very large sticking point among members of Congress, and it's still unclear how healthcare IT will be addressed in healthcare reform," said Taylor.

Information about Tom Leary:

Tom Leary is senior director of Federal Affairs for HIMSS. He directs all of the society's public policy activities with federal agencies, including analysis and response to federal regulatory requirements and leveraging HIMSS's member subject matter expertise in healthcare IT public policy development. Mr. Leary has spent a good portion of his career in Washington D.C. on federal healthcare policy and regulation development, dating back to 1992 when he worked as a staff assistant to Representative Aspin, then followed Aspin to the Pentagon and worked on military health issues.

Information about Meredith Taylor:

Meredith Taylor serves as director of congressional affairs for HIMSS. In this role, Ms. Taylor leads HIMSS's advocacy activities on Capitol Hill. Prior to this role, Meredith served as manager, state government relations, at HIMSS where she was responsible for maximizing HIMSS's grassroots advocacy activity. Prior to joining HIMSS, Meredith served as senior policy analyst at the National Governors Association. In this role, she directed the activities of the State Alliance for e-Health's Health Care Practice and Health Information Communication and Data Exchange taskforces, and spearheaded the NGA's policies on public health informatics and telehealth.

Information about Dr. Harry Greenspun:

Dr. Harry Greenspun is executive vice president and chief medical officer of Perot Systems' healthcare group, providing strategic leadership with a clinical perspective. He has held a diverse range of clinical and executive roles across the healthcare industry, giving him a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities faced. Dr. Greenspun's bio may be found at:

About Perot Systems

Perot Systems is a worldwide provider of information technology services and business solutions. Through its flexible and collaborative approach, Perot Systems integrates expertise from across the company to deliver custom solutions that enable clients to accelerate growth, streamline operations and create new levels of customer value. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Perot Systems reported 2008 revenue of $2.8 billion. The company has more than 23,000 associates located in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Additional information on Perot Systems is available at

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. For factors that could affect our business and cause actual results to differ materially, please refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and available at, as updated in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed after such Form 10-K, for additional information regarding risk factors. We disclaim any intention or obligation to revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise.

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