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Wellmark Leverages MDdatacor Technology to Streamline Immunization Tracking
Date:5/21/2009

ATLANTA, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- MDdatacor, Inc., a leader in health care quality management solutions for insurers and health care providers, today announced new functionality to support in tracking immunizations to further enhance the Collaboration on Quality(R) Primary Care Program. The program is a collaboration between Wellmark and primary care clinicians in Iowa and South Dakota to promote improved quality care and increased efficiency. Participating clinicians already use MDdatacor's care management technology to track and improve patient outcomes around diabetes, hypertension, asthma, childhood immunizations, and cancer screenings.

MDdatacor will receive a data feed directly from the Iowa Department of Public Health's (IDPH) statewide registry of immunization histories, called IRIS (Immunization Registry Information System), where a majority of Wellmark clinicians are already entering their patient immunization data. This will ensure there is no duplication of data entry and provide clinicians with complete immunization data, including identifying which patients are in need of immunizations.

While the U.S. currently has record, or near record, low cases of vaccine-preventable diseases, the viruses and bacteria that cause them still exist, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which warns that infectious diseases can be passed on to people who are not protected by vaccines.

"Aggregating clinical data from multiple sources gives physicians the vital information they need at the point of care to better manage patients' health, without having to access multiple systems," says Tim Roche, co-founder, president and CEO of MDdatacor. "Automating the collection of data from yet another source ensures that physicians have access to the most comprehensive data available."

MDdatacor's CareInformatix(TM) technology platform automates the collection of clinical data from physician practices' existing data sources, including transcription, electronic medical record (EMR), practice management, lab, and registry systems. The data is accessed by physicians through real-time Web-based reports that identify patients whose current treatment does not meet clinical guidelines, enabling physicians to provide appropriate, evidence-based medical care to patients in a cost-effective manner.

About MDdatacor

MDdatacor enhances health care quality through the development of innovative technology solutions. MDdatacor's patented system is used to support quality improvement, health information exchange and patient-centered medical home initiatives. MDdatacor currently serves more than 7,000 physicians representing more than seven million patients, and supports programs for payers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. For more information, visitwww.mddatacor.com.

About Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Wellmark, Inc. does business as Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. Wellmark and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, insure or pay health benefit claims for more than two million members in Iowa and South Dakota. Wellmark, Inc. is a mutual insurance company owned by its policyholders.

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota, and Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). As a BCBSA member, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield is part of a national network of 39 plans that insures nearly 100 million people or nearly one in three Americans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

    Contact:
    Heather McLarney
    Vice President, Marketing
    MDdatacor
    (866) 460-5681
    Heather.mclarney@mddatacor.com

    Ann Wilson
    Director of Corporate Communications
    Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
    515-248-4922
    wilsona@wellmark.com


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