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Looking Forward: The Use of Health IT in Crisis

A Podcast from Perot Systems on the Role of Information Technology in Improving Healthcare

PLANO, Texas, April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Edition 3

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

    Guest:   Dr. Nathaniel Hupert, Director of The Preparedness Modeling Unit
             for The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and
             Associate Professor of public health and medicine at Weill
             Cornell Medical College

    What:    "Looking Forward: Perspectives on Healthcare and IT" - a podcast
             hosted by Dr. Harry Greenspun, Executive Vice President and
             Chief Medical Officer for Perot Systems Healthcare Group

    When:    This podcast will be available for download on April 30, 2009


    Contact: Jonathan Moss
             +1 972-577-6395

Perot Systems (NYSE: PER) ( hosts a series of podcasts with its Chief Medical Officer, Harry Greenspun. This edition of "Looking Forward" is a conversation between Dr. Greenspun and Dr. Nathaniel Hupert of the CDC on the use of health IT in crisis control, a topic of increasing interest and relevance in light of the recent event that have unfolded with the Swine influenza outbreak.

The following quotes from Dr. Nathaniel Hupert are highlights of the podcast:

On preparedness modeling:

"Interest in preparedness modeling came from focusing on anthrax. Groups of modelers were asked to make models of the same scenario to see the impact of a release of anthrax in a major U.S. city. For one of the first times in recent memory, this was an effort to bring quantitative assessment techniques to very complex questions," said Dr. Hupert.

On using available data to create a model:

"One of the really interesting aspects of creating models is that the greater fidelity that you want in the model, the more you really need to rely on data that is floating around on the Internet," stated Dr. Hupert.

On the capabilities of preparedness modeling for hospitals:

"What we're aiming for are models that seem like magic. When we're talking about hurricane evacuation models, someone should be able to make a model where, at the push of a button, you could determine how long it would take to evacuate your hospital right now, with the patients who are actually in your hospital," said Dr. Hupert.

Information about Dr. Nathaniel Hupert:

Since 2000, Dr. Hupert has led a number of federally funded projects to develop improved tools and logistics for mass prophylaxis, bioterrorism response, and health system preparedness for surge capacity. A leading authority in using computer models to predict and plan for public health emergencies, Dr. Nathaniel Hupert has been named director of the new Preparedness Modeling Unit at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He remains associate professor of public health and medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and associate attending physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell in New York City.

In his new role, Dr. Hupert will support preparedness modeling activities both within the CDC and among its federal, state, local, and academic partners with the aim of helping formulate policies to safeguard the public's health before, during and after emergency situations, such as infectious disease outbreaks, natural disasters, environmental exposures, climate change and bioterrorism. For more information about Dr. Hupert visit:

Information about Dr. Harry Greenspun:

Dr. Harry Greenspun is the Chief Medical Officer for Perot Systems Healthcare Group. He is a nationally recognized physician executive who, as a member of the company's Healthcare Leadership Team, provides strategic direction to drive technological improvements in clinical care. Additionally, his position as a thought leader in the healthcare industry enables him to communicate Perot Systems' market-leading healthcare transformation capabilities. For more information about Dr. Greenspun, go to:

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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