Medem and Prevea Health Services Form Strategic Partnership

Provider Directory to Include Links to Physician Web Sites



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Medem

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Medem, the secure
 patient-physician e-health network founded by the nation's leading medical
 specialty societies and the American Medical Association (AMA), today
 announced an online partnership with Prevea Health Services.
     Under the agreement, the Prevea Health Services physician directory will
 provide access to physician Web sites on the Medem network. Physician listings
 in the directory will include direct links (URLs) to their practice Web sites,
 enabling consumers who are looking for a physician to obtain far greater
 information, and providing broader access for patients and physicians on the
 Medem network.
     "Most consumers find a physician using their health plan provider
 directory," said Edward Fotsch, MD, CEO of Medem. "However, up until now
 listings included little more than the doctor's name and rudimentary or basic
 contact information. Now patients can access valuable information about the
 physician's practice through their Web site and communicate online with the
 practice, as a result of the partnership. This also begins to build the online
 physician-patient relationship that is being demanded by consumers and
 embraced by physician offices. Our agreement with Prevea is a clear victory
 for Prevea patients and physicians."
     "Our partnership with Medem will enhance Prevea's existing services,
 offering tremendous benefit to our patients and physicians who are part of
 Prevea," said Ronald Menaker, Executive Vice President of Prevea Health
 Services. "This is a natural effect of the Internet -- just as almost every
 business card now includes a Web address, so will our physician directory
 listings."
     For those physicians within Prevea Health Services, Medem is also
 assisting in building their Web sites with secure messaging capabilities using
 Medem's Your Practice Online service. The service enables physicians to
 communicate with their patients and provides patients access to the most
 credible, comprehensive healthcare information from the nation's leading
 medical societies -- including the State Medical Society of Wisconsin -- from
 their own physician's Web site.
     "Working with Prevea grew from our partnership with the State Medical
 Society of Wisconsin, whose physicians are key participants in the Medem
 network," added Dr. Fotsch.
     "This is another great benefit from SMS and the Medem network for our
 physician members," commented Raymond Zastrow, MD, SMS President.
 
     About Medem
     Established in October 1999 by the nation's medical societies, Medem's
 rapidly expanding network already consists of organizations whose membership
 includes more than two-thirds of American physicians. Medem is building the
 premier secure patient-physician network featuring the trusted clinical
 content of America's leading medical societies and direct patient access to
 their own physician's Web site, with tools and services that adhere to the
 standards for physician-patient interaction on the Internet recommended by the
 nation's top medical malpractice liability carriers.
     Medem was founded by the American Academy of Ophthalmology; the American
 Academy of Pediatrics; the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology;
 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; the American Medical
 Association; the American Psychiatric Association; and the American Society of
 Plastic Surgeons. Among the newest societies to join the Medem network are the
 American Academy of Physician Assistants; American Association of Neurological
 Surgeons; the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; the
 American College of Preventive Medicine; the American Society of Addiction
 Medicine; American Society of Anesthesiologists; Connecticut State Medical
 Society; The Endocrine Society; Iowa Medical Society; MedChi, The Maryland
 State Medical Society; Medical Society of the District of Columbia; Medical
 Society of Virginia; Michigan State Medical Society; Mississippi State Medical
 Association; New Hampshire Medical Society; South Carolina Medical
 Association; State Medical Society of Wisconsin; and Vermont Medical Society.
     For more information visit the company's Web site at www.medem.com.
 
     About Prevea Health Services
     Prevea Health Services established itself in 1996 when the West Side,
 Beaumont, and Webster Clinics physicians joined forces. They then garnered the
 support of St. Vincent and St. Mary's Hospitals. Today, Prevea Health Services
 is comprised of 900 local partners and 140 physicians at 14 locations. The
 locally based, physician managed organization offers its own insurance,
 occupational health programs, and sports medicine services. Prevea's goal
 remains constant -- to help their patients stay healthy by building a strong
 patient-physician partnership. For more, visit www.prevea.com.
 
     About State Medical Society of Wisconsin
     The State Medical Society of Wisconsin, established in 1841, is the first
 and largest physician and patient advocacy association in the state,
 representing more than 8,500 member physicians and their patients. The purpose
 of the SMS is to advance the health of the people of Wisconsin. For more
 information about the SMS, visit www.wismed.org.
 
 

SOURCE Medem
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Medem, the secure
 patient-physician e-health network founded by the nation's leading medical
 specialty societies and the American Medical Association (AMA), today
 announced an online partnership with Prevea Health Services.
     Under the agreement, the Prevea Health Services physician directory will
 provide access to physician Web sites on the Medem network. Physician listings
 in the directory will include direct links (URLs) to their practice Web sites,
 enabling consumers who are looking for a physician to obtain far greater
 information, and providing broader access for patients and physicians on the
 Medem network.
     "Most consumers find a physician using their health plan provider
 directory," said Edward Fotsch, MD, CEO of Medem. "However, up until now
 listings included little more than the doctor's name and rudimentary or basic
 contact information. Now patients can access valuable information about the
 physician's practice through their Web site and communicate online with the
 practice, as a result of the partnership. This also begins to build the online
 physician-patient relationship that is being demanded by consumers and
 embraced by physician offices. Our agreement with Prevea is a clear victory
 for Prevea patients and physicians."
     "Our partnership with Medem will enhance Prevea's existing services,
 offering tremendous benefit to our patients and physicians who are part of
 Prevea," said Ronald Menaker, Executive Vice President of Prevea Health
 Services. "This is a natural effect of the Internet -- just as almost every
 business card now includes a Web address, so will our physician directory
 listings."
     For those physicians within Prevea Health Services, Medem is also
 assisting in building their Web sites with secure messaging capabilities using
 Medem's Your Practice Online service. The service enables physicians to
 communicate with their patients and provides patients access to the most
 credible, comprehensive healthcare information from the nation's leading
 medical societies -- including the State Medical Society of Wisconsin -- from
 their own physician's Web site.
     "Working with Prevea grew from our partnership with the State Medical
 Society of Wisconsin, whose physicians are key participants in the Medem
 network," added Dr. Fotsch.
     "This is another great benefit from SMS and the Medem network for our
 physician members," commented Raymond Zastrow, MD, SMS President.
 
     About Medem
     Established in October 1999 by the nation's medical societies, Medem's
 rapidly expanding network already consists of organizations whose membership
 includes more than two-thirds of American physicians. Medem is building the
 premier secure patient-physician network featuring the trusted clinical
 content of America's leading medical societies and direct patient access to
 their own physician's Web site, with tools and services that adhere to the
 standards for physician-patient interaction on the Internet recommended by the
 nation's top medical malpractice liability carriers.
     Medem was founded by the American Academy of Ophthalmology; the American
 Academy of Pediatrics; the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology;
 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; the American Medical
 Association; the American Psychiatric Association; and the American Society of
 Plastic Surgeons. Among the newest societies to join the Medem network are the
 American Academy of Physician Assistants; American Association of Neurological
 Surgeons; the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; the
 American College of Preventive Medicine; the American Society of Addiction
 Medicine; American Society of Anesthesiologists; Connecticut State Medical
 Society; The Endocrine Society; Iowa Medical Society; MedChi, The Maryland
 State Medical Society; Medical Society of the District of Columbia; Medical
 Society of Virginia; Michigan State Medical Society; Mississippi State Medical
 Association; New Hampshire Medical Society; South Carolina Medical
 Association; State Medical Society of Wisconsin; and Vermont Medical Society.
     For more information visit the company's Web site at www.medem.com.
 
     About Prevea Health Services
     Prevea Health Services established itself in 1996 when the West Side,
 Beaumont, and Webster Clinics physicians joined forces. They then garnered the
 support of St. Vincent and St. Mary's Hospitals. Today, Prevea Health Services
 is comprised of 900 local partners and 140 physicians at 14 locations. The
 locally based, physician managed organization offers its own insurance,
 occupational health programs, and sports medicine services. Prevea's goal
 remains constant -- to help their patients stay healthy by building a strong
 patient-physician partnership. For more, visit www.prevea.com.
 
     About State Medical Society of Wisconsin
     The State Medical Society of Wisconsin, established in 1841, is the first
 and largest physician and patient advocacy association in the state,
 representing more than 8,500 member physicians and their patients. The purpose
 of the SMS is to advance the health of the people of Wisconsin. For more
 information about the SMS, visit www.wismed.org.
 
 SOURCE  Medem