IDX and WebMD Announce Expanded Relationship

IDX Physicians Will Benefit From Integrated Access to

WebMD's Transaction Processing Services



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from WebMD Corporation

    BURLINGTON, Vt. and ELMWOOD PARK, N.J., April 2 /PRNewswire/ --
 IDX Systems Corporation (Nasdaq:   IDXC) and WebMD Corporation (Nasdaq:   HLTH)
 announced today that they have entered into an agreement to expand their
 relationship by making WebMD IDX's provider of electronic claim transactions
 with commercial payers for physician groups that connect to payers via IDX's
 eCommerce Services gateway.  IDX will also feature to its customers WebMD's
 full suite of real-time transaction processing services for commercial payers.
 Under this newly expanded agreement, IDX and WebMD will work together to
 accomplish their goal of more than doubling the number of electronic
 transactions currently being generated by the IDX physician user base over the
 next several years. Although pricing specifics were not announced today, the
 companies announced that incentives have been built into the contract to
 accomplish this goal.
     Richard E. Tarrant, CEO of IDX, said, "We are pleased to expand our
 relationship with WebMD in order to bring WebMD's electronic healthcare
 processing solutions to the IDX customer base of 120,000 physicians.  By
 integrating WebMD's solutions with our eCommerce Services, IDX users will
 greatly benefit from WebMD's extensive payer connectivity."
     The 120,000 physicians served by IDX practice management systems will have
 access through IDX's eCommerce Services to WebMD's suite of transaction
 processing services including claims, claims status, eligibility, electronic
 remittance advice, referrals and encounters.  WebMD currently works with
 approximately 1,000 healthcare payers across the United States and this full
 range of connectivity will be made available to IDX's 2,600 client sites.
     Martin J. Wygod, Chairman and CEO of WebMD, said, "Continuing and
 expanding our relationship with IDX is an important step toward WebMD
 achieving its goal of vastly increasing the volume of electronic healthcare
 transaction processing and substantially bringing down administrative costs
 for payers across the country.  Working closely with industry leaders such as
 IDX demonstrates our ability to eliminate the administrative burden for
 physicians and their office staffs in order to reduce healthcare costs and
 improve the quality of patient care."
 
     ABOUT IDX
     Founded in 1969, IDX Systems Corporation uses information technology to
 maximize value in the delivery of healthcare, improve the quality of patient
 service, enhance medical outcomes, and reduce the costs of care.  IDX supports
 these objectives with a broad range of complementary, functionally rich, and
 highly integrated products installed at 2,600 client sites.  Clients span the
 full care continuum including academic hospitals and medical centers,
 integrated delivery networks, and physician group practices in North America
 and the United Kingdom. Customers include 120,000 physicians who utilize
 practice management systems to improve patient care and other workflow
 processes. The IDX Web Strategy includes browser technology, e-commerce and
 web-based tools -- built using Internet architecture -- that facilitates
 access for patients, physicians and care providers to vital health information
 and data managed by the IDX clinical, administrative, financial, and managed
 care products. EDiX Corporation, an IDX subsidiary, offers medical
 transcription and clinical documentation services to physicians groups and
 hospital customers.
 
     ABOUT WEBMD
     WebMD provides connectivity and a full suite of services to the healthcare
 industry that improve administrative efficiencies and clinical effectiveness
 enabling high-quality patient care.  The Company's products and services
 facilitate information exchange, communication and transactions between the
 consumer, physician and healthcare institutions.
 
     All statements contained in this press release, other than statements of
 historical fact, are forward-looking statements.  These statements are based
 on WebMD's current plans and expectations and  involve risks and uncertainties
 that could cause actual future events or results to be different from those
 described in or implied by such forward-looking statements.  These risks and
 uncertainties include those relating to: the amount and timing of the benefits
 expected from the restructuring of the strategic relationship between IDX and
 WebMD; market acceptance of WebMD's products and services; operational
 difficulties relating to combining acquired companies and businesses; the
 profit potential of WebMD's strategic relationships and customer contracts;
 economic conditions and regulatory matters affecting the Internet and
 healthcare industries; and the ability of WebMD to attract and retain
 qualified personnel.  Further information about these matters can be found in
 WebMD's  Securities and Exchange Commission filings.  WebMD expressly
 disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
     This press release contains forward-looking statements pertaining to IDX
 that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors
 that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by
 such forward-looking statements are uncertainties regarding the expected
 future benefits of IDX's relationship with WebMD, possible deferral, delay or
 cancellation by customers of computer system purchase decisions, possible
 delay of systems installations, development by competitors of new or superior
 technologies, changing economic, political and regulatory influences on the
 healthcare and Internet industries, changes in product pricing policies,
 general economic conditions and regulatory developments in the healthcare
 industry, and factors detailed from time to time in the IDX's periodic reports
 and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
 which important factors are incorporated herein by reference.  IDX undertakes
 no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect changed
 assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or changes in future
 operating results, financial condition or business over time.
 
 

SOURCE WebMD Corporation
    BURLINGTON, Vt. and ELMWOOD PARK, N.J., April 2 /PRNewswire/ --
 IDX Systems Corporation (Nasdaq:   IDXC) and WebMD Corporation (Nasdaq:   HLTH)
 announced today that they have entered into an agreement to expand their
 relationship by making WebMD IDX's provider of electronic claim transactions
 with commercial payers for physician groups that connect to payers via IDX's
 eCommerce Services gateway.  IDX will also feature to its customers WebMD's
 full suite of real-time transaction processing services for commercial payers.
 Under this newly expanded agreement, IDX and WebMD will work together to
 accomplish their goal of more than doubling the number of electronic
 transactions currently being generated by the IDX physician user base over the
 next several years. Although pricing specifics were not announced today, the
 companies announced that incentives have been built into the contract to
 accomplish this goal.
     Richard E. Tarrant, CEO of IDX, said, "We are pleased to expand our
 relationship with WebMD in order to bring WebMD's electronic healthcare
 processing solutions to the IDX customer base of 120,000 physicians.  By
 integrating WebMD's solutions with our eCommerce Services, IDX users will
 greatly benefit from WebMD's extensive payer connectivity."
     The 120,000 physicians served by IDX practice management systems will have
 access through IDX's eCommerce Services to WebMD's suite of transaction
 processing services including claims, claims status, eligibility, electronic
 remittance advice, referrals and encounters.  WebMD currently works with
 approximately 1,000 healthcare payers across the United States and this full
 range of connectivity will be made available to IDX's 2,600 client sites.
     Martin J. Wygod, Chairman and CEO of WebMD, said, "Continuing and
 expanding our relationship with IDX is an important step toward WebMD
 achieving its goal of vastly increasing the volume of electronic healthcare
 transaction processing and substantially bringing down administrative costs
 for payers across the country.  Working closely with industry leaders such as
 IDX demonstrates our ability to eliminate the administrative burden for
 physicians and their office staffs in order to reduce healthcare costs and
 improve the quality of patient care."
 
     ABOUT IDX
     Founded in 1969, IDX Systems Corporation uses information technology to
 maximize value in the delivery of healthcare, improve the quality of patient
 service, enhance medical outcomes, and reduce the costs of care.  IDX supports
 these objectives with a broad range of complementary, functionally rich, and
 highly integrated products installed at 2,600 client sites.  Clients span the
 full care continuum including academic hospitals and medical centers,
 integrated delivery networks, and physician group practices in North America
 and the United Kingdom. Customers include 120,000 physicians who utilize
 practice management systems to improve patient care and other workflow
 processes. The IDX Web Strategy includes browser technology, e-commerce and
 web-based tools -- built using Internet architecture -- that facilitates
 access for patients, physicians and care providers to vital health information
 and data managed by the IDX clinical, administrative, financial, and managed
 care products. EDiX Corporation, an IDX subsidiary, offers medical
 transcription and clinical documentation services to physicians groups and
 hospital customers.
 
     ABOUT WEBMD
     WebMD provides connectivity and a full suite of services to the healthcare
 industry that improve administrative efficiencies and clinical effectiveness
 enabling high-quality patient care.  The Company's products and services
 facilitate information exchange, communication and transactions between the
 consumer, physician and healthcare institutions.
 
     All statements contained in this press release, other than statements of
 historical fact, are forward-looking statements.  These statements are based
 on WebMD's current plans and expectations and  involve risks and uncertainties
 that could cause actual future events or results to be different from those
 described in or implied by such forward-looking statements.  These risks and
 uncertainties include those relating to: the amount and timing of the benefits
 expected from the restructuring of the strategic relationship between IDX and
 WebMD; market acceptance of WebMD's products and services; operational
 difficulties relating to combining acquired companies and businesses; the
 profit potential of WebMD's strategic relationships and customer contracts;
 economic conditions and regulatory matters affecting the Internet and
 healthcare industries; and the ability of WebMD to attract and retain
 qualified personnel.  Further information about these matters can be found in
 WebMD's  Securities and Exchange Commission filings.  WebMD expressly
 disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
     This press release contains forward-looking statements pertaining to IDX
 that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors
 that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by
 such forward-looking statements are uncertainties regarding the expected
 future benefits of IDX's relationship with WebMD, possible deferral, delay or
 cancellation by customers of computer system purchase decisions, possible
 delay of systems installations, development by competitors of new or superior
 technologies, changing economic, political and regulatory influences on the
 healthcare and Internet industries, changes in product pricing policies,
 general economic conditions and regulatory developments in the healthcare
 industry, and factors detailed from time to time in the IDX's periodic reports
 and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
 which important factors are incorporated herein by reference.  IDX undertakes
 no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect changed
 assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or changes in future
 operating results, financial condition or business over time.
 
 SOURCE  WebMD Corporation