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PDX-NHIN and Health Market Science to Jointly Market Standardized Prescriber File
Date:11/13/2007

FORT WORTH, Texas and KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- PDX- NHIN and Health Market Science of Philadelphia, PA, announced today that they have entered into an agreement to jointly market to PDX Pharmacy System users the HMS Prescriber Master File(TM), a database which currently contains over 1.8 million prescriber records, including over one million with National Prescriber Identifiers (NPIs).

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Jeff Farris, PDX-NHIN-Rx.com President, said, "We are proud to partner with Health Market Science, the recognized leader in providing prescriber information to the healthcare industry." Matt Reichert, COO of HMS stated, "The initial goal of our relationship is to enable PDX-NHIN customers to streamline their claims adjudication processes by leveraging the accuracy and completeness of our data."

After determining that state license numbers would be required to perform adequate linking to the NPI data and that obtaining this information in a reasonable and timely manner from hundreds of different primary sources was extremely challenging, PDX-NHIN selected HMS as its preferred provider of the prescriber database due to the breadth, depth and accuracy of the HMS Prescriber Master File(TM) and HMS's recognized leadership position in pharmacy.

The HMS Prescriber Master File(TM) will be provided through NHIN in a manner that will allow PDX customers to access this data using PDX Distributed Processing, a feature of the PDX Pharmacy System that allows access to databases in real-time. Pharmacies can then select and add missing prescriber records to their local database or select and update missing information on prescriber records on their local systems.

Pharmacy and PBM customers should contact Craig Ford with HMS for details concerning licensing the HMS Prescriber Master File(TM). As PDX customers contract with HMS for the HMS Prescriber Master File(TM), NHIN will implement the Prescriber file in a PDX-accessible format for those customers.

About Health Market Science

Health Market Science (HMS) is the leading provider of accurate Healthcare Provider data in the United States. Founded in 1999 to create innovative approaches to solving complex healthcare data integration challenges and based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, HMS serves over 150 healthcare customers. Specifically in the company's pharmacy segment, HMS currently provides data to over 15,000 pharmacies and more than 45,000 pharmacists nationwide use HMS data and web-based access tools such as HMS Provider Online(TM) on a daily basis. HMS also provides data and services to the top 10 pharmacy chains and PBMs in the United States. (http://www.healthmarketscience.com)

About National Health Systems, Inc.

National Health Systems is the parent company of PDX, Inc., and National Health Information Network, Inc. PDX was established in 1985 and continues to build on its commitment to retail pharmacy and patient care. Providing excellence in pharmacy software technology, PDX addresses the requirements of high volume prescription filling and the pressing demands of third party processing. Over 11,000 retail drug stores use PDX software technology to fill, bill, and track prescriptions. NHIN was established in 1990 to meet pharmacies' need for centralized data. Today, NHIN is an industry leader in accounts receivable submission and reconciliation services-working with over 300 processors and processing over 9.7 million claims a month, with a 99.7% payment rate. NHIN also provides standardized drug, third party plan, and prescriber file and maintenance services. (http://www.pdxinc.com)

About Rx.com

Located in Fort Worth, Texas, Rx.com Partners, LP -- an affiliate of National Health Systems -- provides an integrated suite of technology and services to the Pharmacy industry including retail-based mail order and traditional central fill services; pharmacy workflow technology; an electronic, web enabled healthcare record; centralized data files; MTM/pharmaceutical manufacturer performance programs; and electronic prescription technologies. Comprising a single, integrated solution no other single provider or group of technology providers can offer, the Rx.com suite of products and services is specifically engineered to reinforce Pharmacy's trusted role in healthcare as it enhances profitability, regains ground lost to PBMs, and delivers even better patient care. (http://www.rx.com)


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