HealthNexis Launches First Product Release

The Nation's Largest Healthcare Distributors Connect to Increase Efficiency

Of Data Transactions Across Healthcare Supply Chain



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from HealthNexis

    MINNEAPOLIS, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthNexis, formerly the New Health
 Exchange, a leading provider of technology and information solutions to the
 healthcare supply chain, today announced the launch of its first product
 release.  The company's Transaction Clearinghouse went live March 31, 2001,
 connecting AmeriSource Health Corporation (NYSE:   AAS), Cardinal Health, Inc.
 (NYSE:   CAH), Fisher Scientific International Inc. (NYSE:   FSH), McKesson HBOC,
 Inc. (NYSE:   MCK) and Bergen Brunswig Corporation (NYSE:   BBC) to HealthNexis.
 Together, these companies represent nearly $100 billion in pharmaceutical and
 medical/surgical product movement in the U.S. healthcare industry.
 Manufacturers can now take advantage of HealthNexis as a single point of
 access to a uniting supply chain.
     "The Transaction Clearinghouse is the first step toward unified data
 communications to help create greater efficiencies across the supply chain,"
 said David Hurley, CEO of HealthNexis.  "The clearinghouse provides a secure,
 single point of access for transmitting transactional, product and contract
 data to multiple trading partners.  This release brings immediate value to our
 HealthNexis members by simplifying and decreasing the cost of connecting to
 and communicating data along their supply chains."
     HealthNexis provides a centralized infrastructure and a technology
 platform to pharmaceutical and medical/surgical manufacturers, distributors
 and purchasing organizations to streamline data interactions between trading
 partners.  Based on a common set of data and transmission standards, the
 HealthNexis platform delivers synchronized, centralized data repositories and
 an integrated set of data management tools.  The company's core offering
 consists of a Transaction Clearinghouse, Product Data Manager, Contract Data
 Manager and Data Services.  This integrated product set provides for the
 efficient exchange, processing, verification and maintenance of transaction,
 product and contract data across the healthcare supply chain.  The company
 will release its core offering in stages over the next nine months, with the
 Product Data Manager scheduled for delivery in early June.
     David Yost, CEO of AmeriSource, which recently announced plans to merge
 with Bergen Brunswig said, "HealthNexis is already delivering on its vision of
 uniting the healthcare supply chain.  Connecting to the HealthNexis
 Transaction Clearinghouse required very little effort and we look forward to
 adopting HealthNexis data standards and upcoming product offerings."
     Speaking on behalf of HealthNexis founding companies, John Hammergren,
 President and CEO of McKesson HBOC said, "We were confident that HealthNexis
 would deliver a robust, secure infrastructure and meaningful technology
 platform.  The Transaction Clearinghouse provides immediate value to
 HealthNexis members.  By meeting its March 31st release timetable, HealthNexis
 demonstrated its ability to deliver a high quality technology solution on time
 and under budget."
 
     About HealthNexis
     HealthNexis, formerly the New Health Exchange, was founded in
 April 2000 by four of the nation's largest healthcare companies:  AmeriSource
 Health Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., Fisher Scientific International
 Inc., and McKesson HBOC, Inc.  The company provides information and technology
 solutions to healthcare product and pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors
 and purchasing organizations.  Its comprehensive product platform increases
 supply chain efficiency by centralizing and standardizing the processes
 required to communicate, process, and manage product, contract and transaction
 data.  For more information about HealthNexis and its founders, please visit
 www.healthnexis.com .
 
 

SOURCE HealthNexis
    MINNEAPOLIS, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthNexis, formerly the New Health
 Exchange, a leading provider of technology and information solutions to the
 healthcare supply chain, today announced the launch of its first product
 release.  The company's Transaction Clearinghouse went live March 31, 2001,
 connecting AmeriSource Health Corporation (NYSE:   AAS), Cardinal Health, Inc.
 (NYSE:   CAH), Fisher Scientific International Inc. (NYSE:   FSH), McKesson HBOC,
 Inc. (NYSE:   MCK) and Bergen Brunswig Corporation (NYSE:   BBC) to HealthNexis.
 Together, these companies represent nearly $100 billion in pharmaceutical and
 medical/surgical product movement in the U.S. healthcare industry.
 Manufacturers can now take advantage of HealthNexis as a single point of
 access to a uniting supply chain.
     "The Transaction Clearinghouse is the first step toward unified data
 communications to help create greater efficiencies across the supply chain,"
 said David Hurley, CEO of HealthNexis.  "The clearinghouse provides a secure,
 single point of access for transmitting transactional, product and contract
 data to multiple trading partners.  This release brings immediate value to our
 HealthNexis members by simplifying and decreasing the cost of connecting to
 and communicating data along their supply chains."
     HealthNexis provides a centralized infrastructure and a technology
 platform to pharmaceutical and medical/surgical manufacturers, distributors
 and purchasing organizations to streamline data interactions between trading
 partners.  Based on a common set of data and transmission standards, the
 HealthNexis platform delivers synchronized, centralized data repositories and
 an integrated set of data management tools.  The company's core offering
 consists of a Transaction Clearinghouse, Product Data Manager, Contract Data
 Manager and Data Services.  This integrated product set provides for the
 efficient exchange, processing, verification and maintenance of transaction,
 product and contract data across the healthcare supply chain.  The company
 will release its core offering in stages over the next nine months, with the
 Product Data Manager scheduled for delivery in early June.
     David Yost, CEO of AmeriSource, which recently announced plans to merge
 with Bergen Brunswig said, "HealthNexis is already delivering on its vision of
 uniting the healthcare supply chain.  Connecting to the HealthNexis
 Transaction Clearinghouse required very little effort and we look forward to
 adopting HealthNexis data standards and upcoming product offerings."
     Speaking on behalf of HealthNexis founding companies, John Hammergren,
 President and CEO of McKesson HBOC said, "We were confident that HealthNexis
 would deliver a robust, secure infrastructure and meaningful technology
 platform.  The Transaction Clearinghouse provides immediate value to
 HealthNexis members.  By meeting its March 31st release timetable, HealthNexis
 demonstrated its ability to deliver a high quality technology solution on time
 and under budget."
 
     About HealthNexis
     HealthNexis, formerly the New Health Exchange, was founded in
 April 2000 by four of the nation's largest healthcare companies:  AmeriSource
 Health Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., Fisher Scientific International
 Inc., and McKesson HBOC, Inc.  The company provides information and technology
 solutions to healthcare product and pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors
 and purchasing organizations.  Its comprehensive product platform increases
 supply chain efficiency by centralizing and standardizing the processes
 required to communicate, process, and manage product, contract and transaction
 data.  For more information about HealthNexis and its founders, please visit
 www.healthnexis.com .
 
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