VHA and Veritas Medicine Agree to Provide Web-Based Information on Clinical Trials to More Than 700 Hospitals and Their Communities

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Veritas Medicine

    IRVING, Texas, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- VHA, Inc., a nationwide network of
 community-owned healthcare organizations and their affiliated physicians,
 today announced an agreement with Veritas Medicine that creates expanded
 access to Internet-based clinical trial information and interactive enrollment
 assistance in clinical trials.  The agreement covers more than 700 community
 hospitals and their constituents across the nation. In the largest
 collaboration of its kind to date in Web-based clinical trial information and
 services, VHA will add Veritas Medicine's content to its LaurusHealth(TM) Web
 content, enabling VHA members to access and integrate the Veritas Medicine
 site into their own Web sites.
     Based in Cambridge, Mass., Veritas Medicine is an online clinical trials
 and treatment resource for patients and their physicians. Through the Veritas
 Medicine service, individuals gain access to original information authored by
 physician-scientists about approved and investigative treatment options for
 more than 30 serious, chronic diseases and, through an interactive function,
 the ability to pre-qualify for enrollment in vital government- and industry-
 sponsored clinical research targeting these conditions. Patients and their
 physicians are able to pre-screen for inclusion in clinical trials most
 appropriate to their individual medical needs and that precisely match their
 geographic location.
     LaurusHealth.com was created by VHA to provide its member health systems
 with reliable and easy-to-understand Web-based healthcare information that
 meets the needs of their consumers and  physicians. Under the terms of the
 agreement, all VHA members that carry LaurusHealth healthcare content on their
 Web sites will gain seamless online access to the Veritas Medicine service
 (www.veritasmedicine.com).  VHA's e-health solutions partner, HEALTHvision,
 will handle the technology integration of the LaurusHealth and Veritas
 Medicine Web sites.
     "VHA is committed to providing physicians and patients affiliated with our
 member healthcare organizations with the most credible, current and
 comprehensive health information available on the Internet," said Dr. Peter
 Plantes, medical director of consumer, patient and physician services for VHA.
 "Our research shows that consumers want a Web site that provides more than
 information on how to tell the difference between allergic rhinitis and a
 sinus infection. They want information that will help them identify cutting-
 edge healthcare providers and enables them to make crucial life and health
 decisions. We chose Veritas Medicine as a LaurusHealth content partner because
 they meet our high standards for content, breadth of knowledge, technological
 sophistication and security."
     "We are pleased that VHA has selected Veritas Medicine as its online
 clinical trial information partner for its extensive network of member
 hospitals," said Dr. Joe Avellone, president and CEO of Veritas Medicine.
 "This collaboration further establishes our service as an emerging standard in
 Web-based clinical trial information for patients and physicians, and expands
 informed access to investigative research and advanced treatments for
 thousands of chronically ill patients."
 
     About Veritas Medicine
     Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Veritas Medicine is the first
 comprehensive online medical resource developed to address the needs of
 patients, physicians and other health care professionals and pharmaceutical
 sponsors through a centralized and highly secure online resource that provides
 expert, reliable and up-to-date information about clinical trials and
 innovative treatments. The company is backed by Burrill & Company, BioAsia's
 Biotechnology Development Fund II and E-Health Holdings Fund, Cambridge
 Incubator, Seaflower Ventures and MDS Capital. Veritas Medicine is located on
 the Web at www.veritasmedicine.com.
 
     About VHA
     VHA, Inc. is a nationwide network of more than 2,200 leading community-
 owned healthcare organizations and their affiliated physicians. The VHA
 alliance comprises 27 percent of the nation's community hospitals, including
 many of the nation's largest and most respected institutions. VHA offers
 programs and services to improve financial and clinical performance, and as a
 cooperative distributes income annually to members based on their
 participation. In December 2000, VHA was named one of the "100 Best Companies
 to Work For" for the second consecutive year by Fortune.
 
     About HEALTHvision
     HEALTHvision is a leading healthcare Internet company focused exclusively
 on providing Web-based solutions that are customized and branded to the local
 healthcare organization. With its comprehensive e-health

SOURCE(TM) Web infrastructure, HEALTHvision leverages the Internet to enable the local healthcare organization to improve relationships with consumers, patients and physicians. HEALTHvision currently serves more than 80 healthcare organizations, delivering solutions to hundreds of hospitals, tens of thousands of healthcare professionals and hundreds of thousands of consumers each month. Contact: Schwartz Communications Veritas Medicine VHA Inc. Shoba Vaitheeswaran or Beth Spearman Lynn Gentry Chad Castro 781-684-0770 617-234-1533 972-830-0798 shobav@schwartz-pr.com spearman@veritasmedicine.com lgentry@vha.com MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X34676368

SOURCE Veritas Medicine
    IRVING, Texas, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- VHA, Inc., a nationwide network of
 community-owned healthcare organizations and their affiliated physicians,
 today announced an agreement with Veritas Medicine that creates expanded
 access to Internet-based clinical trial information and interactive enrollment
 assistance in clinical trials.  The agreement covers more than 700 community
 hospitals and their constituents across the nation. In the largest
 collaboration of its kind to date in Web-based clinical trial information and
 services, VHA will add Veritas Medicine's content to its LaurusHealth(TM) Web
 content, enabling VHA members to access and integrate the Veritas Medicine
 site into their own Web sites.
     Based in Cambridge, Mass., Veritas Medicine is an online clinical trials
 and treatment resource for patients and their physicians. Through the Veritas
 Medicine service, individuals gain access to original information authored by
 physician-scientists about approved and investigative treatment options for
 more than 30 serious, chronic diseases and, through an interactive function,
 the ability to pre-qualify for enrollment in vital government- and industry-
 sponsored clinical research targeting these conditions. Patients and their
 physicians are able to pre-screen for inclusion in clinical trials most
 appropriate to their individual medical needs and that precisely match their
 geographic location.
     LaurusHealth.com was created by VHA to provide its member health systems
 with reliable and easy-to-understand Web-based healthcare information that
 meets the needs of their consumers and  physicians. Under the terms of the
 agreement, all VHA members that carry LaurusHealth healthcare content on their
 Web sites will gain seamless online access to the Veritas Medicine service
 (www.veritasmedicine.com).  VHA's e-health solutions partner, HEALTHvision,
 will handle the technology integration of the LaurusHealth and Veritas
 Medicine Web sites.
     "VHA is committed to providing physicians and patients affiliated with our
 member healthcare organizations with the most credible, current and
 comprehensive health information available on the Internet," said Dr. Peter
 Plantes, medical director of consumer, patient and physician services for VHA.
 "Our research shows that consumers want a Web site that provides more than
 information on how to tell the difference between allergic rhinitis and a
 sinus infection. They want information that will help them identify cutting-
 edge healthcare providers and enables them to make crucial life and health
 decisions. We chose Veritas Medicine as a LaurusHealth content partner because
 they meet our high standards for content, breadth of knowledge, technological
 sophistication and security."
     "We are pleased that VHA has selected Veritas Medicine as its online
 clinical trial information partner for its extensive network of member
 hospitals," said Dr. Joe Avellone, president and CEO of Veritas Medicine.
 "This collaboration further establishes our service as an emerging standard in
 Web-based clinical trial information for patients and physicians, and expands
 informed access to investigative research and advanced treatments for
 thousands of chronically ill patients."
 
     About Veritas Medicine
     Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Veritas Medicine is the first
 comprehensive online medical resource developed to address the needs of
 patients, physicians and other health care professionals and pharmaceutical
 sponsors through a centralized and highly secure online resource that provides
 expert, reliable and up-to-date information about clinical trials and
 innovative treatments. The company is backed by Burrill & Company, BioAsia's
 Biotechnology Development Fund II and E-Health Holdings Fund, Cambridge
 Incubator, Seaflower Ventures and MDS Capital. Veritas Medicine is located on
 the Web at www.veritasmedicine.com.
 
     About VHA
     VHA, Inc. is a nationwide network of more than 2,200 leading community-
 owned healthcare organizations and their affiliated physicians. The VHA
 alliance comprises 27 percent of the nation's community hospitals, including
 many of the nation's largest and most respected institutions. VHA offers
 programs and services to improve financial and clinical performance, and as a
 cooperative distributes income annually to members based on their
 participation. In December 2000, VHA was named one of the "100 Best Companies
 to Work For" for the second consecutive year by Fortune.
 
     About HEALTHvision
     HEALTHvision is a leading healthcare Internet company focused exclusively
 on providing Web-based solutions that are customized and branded to the local
 healthcare organization. With its comprehensive e-healthSOURCE(TM) Web
 infrastructure, HEALTHvision leverages the Internet to enable the local
 healthcare organization to improve relationships with consumers, patients and
 physicians.  HEALTHvision currently serves more than 80 healthcare
 organizations, delivering solutions to hundreds of hospitals, tens of
 thousands of healthcare professionals and hundreds of thousands of consumers
 each month.
 
     Contact:
     Schwartz Communications    Veritas Medicine               VHA Inc.
     Shoba Vaitheeswaran or     Beth Spearman                  Lynn Gentry
     Chad Castro 781-684-0770   617-234-1533                   972-830-0798
     shobav@schwartz-pr.com     spearman@veritasmedicine.com   lgentry@vha.com
 
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