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DrFirst.com Selects First DataBank’s Drug Information for the Rcopia Integrated Web and PDA-Based Electronic Prescription System

January 23, 2002

ROCKVILLE, MD, January 23, 2002 — DrFirst.com, Inc. announced today that it has signed a contract with First DataBank to use its proven drug knowledge base, the National Drug Data File Plus (NDDF Plus™) for Rcopia, the DrFirst fully integrated web and PDA-based electronic prescription system. NDDF Plus provides Rcopia with its drug database, drug interactions, and allergy interaction information to reduce the incidence of medication errors and adverse drug events, which can result in shorter hospital stays, lower medical costs, and improved patient care.

Rcopia is DrFirst’s electronic prescription management system that allows physicians to print, fax, or email any prescription; operates on multiple handheld devices or desktop computers; has the ability to easily interface with practice management systems that communicate via the HL-7 standard for medical information; and can be used online or offline. DrFirst’s products also include electronic medical records, enterprise practice management solutions, charge capture, and secure messaging exchange.

First DataBank, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hearst Corporation and headquartered in San Bruno, California, is a leading provider of electronic drug information — “the knowledge inside” healthcare information systems. For more than two decades, it has delivered proven knowledge bases for various healthcare applications, including clinical decision support within the workflow. Their portfolio also includes comprehensive reference products; integrated content software; and specialty software for physicians and nutritionists.

ABOUT FIRSTDATABANK INC.
First DataBank, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hearst Corporation, is a leading provider of electronic drug information-“the knowledge inside” healthcare information systems. For more than two decades, we have delivered proven knowledge bases for various healthcare applications, including clinical decision support within the workflow. Our portfolio also includes comprehensive reference software; time-saving developer software; and specialty products for physicians and nutritionists. Many of these products help reduce the incidence of medication errors and adverse drug events, which can result in shorter hospital stays, lower medical costs, and improved patient care.

Our NDDF Plus™ knowledge base combines the proven drug information of our National Drug Data File® with our advanced clinical decision-support modules-to deliver complete descriptive, pricing and clinical information for every drug approved by the FDA.

Through the expertise of our staff-including clinicians, software engineers and knowledge base experts-First DataBank has developed reliable drug and diagnostic decision-support information that spans the healthcare continuum. It is found in installations ranging from retail pharmacies to hospital pharmacies and laboratories; physicians and other healthcare professionals practices; as well as e-healthcare companies, managed care organizations and insurers. First DataBank is headquartered in San Bruno, California.

DrFirst also provides the industries best secure messaging platform for physicians, hospitals and EMR/EHR vendors.

For further information:

DrFirst
sales@drfirst.com
Tel: (301) 231-9510
Fax: (301) 231-9512
www.drfirst.com

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