HTP to Showcase New Healthcare IT Solutions at 2006 HIMSS Annual Conference

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Co-Founder Richards to Speak on Making Hospital-Centric RHIOs Possible

HTP, Inc. a leading developer of software for the healthcare industry, will demonstrate its comprehensive suite of healthcare connectivity software at the 2006 HIMSS Conference and Exposition, to be held Feb. 12-16 in San Diego. Recognized as one of the premier conferences in the healthcare industry, the conference addresses such pivotal issues as patient safety, security, and electronic health records.

Widely implemented in the past six months, HTP's new products, HTP Sentinel(SM) and HTP MedRunner™, enable healthcare interoperability solutions that improve quality of care and lower healthcare costs. HTP's software suite is based on technology that the company developed for the Utah Health Information Network (UHIN), which has been recognized as the nation's first successful Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO).

The newest product, HTP MedRunner, serves as a highly flexible and adaptive platform for the development of RHIOs. It is a fully integrated platform that enables any community to manage and coordinate clinical and administrative transactions.

"Using Internet technology, HTP MedRunner allows equal access to healthcare information by all members of a community, from the technologically advanced hospital to the single-physician office," said HTP CEO Ray Shealy. "Today, this technology connects every hospital in Utah with laboratories, payers, medical doctors and other healthcare practitioners throughout the state. It was designed for fast and easy implementation, allowing a RHIO to become operational in months instead of years."

HTP Sentinel assists hospitals in managing the revenue cycle from registration through payment. "Hospitals using HTP Sentinel have recovered hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars by identifying and verifying insurance coverage for self-pay patients whose accounts were in arrears," Shealy noted.

Demonstration of HTP's integrated suite of healthcare technology will be held during expo hall hours in the company’s main exhibit floor booth #6411, and at the HTP workstation during the Interoperability Showcase hours of the HIMSS Conference.

In addition, Fred Richards, HTP co-founder and chief technology, will present, "The Stark Bill reversal: Making Hospital-Centric RHIOs Possible" on Monday, February 13, 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. at the Interoperability Showcase Theater A. The Stark Bill reversal allows for hospitals to provide physicians with IT support and infrastructure, paving the way for real-time interoperability and data exchange.

"HTP is proud of our contributions to improvement of healthcare in America and is happy to share Fred’s expertise and thought leadership with conference attendees," Shealy said.

"As the creator of the information architecture for UHIN and a consultant to seven other RHIOs, Fred is a leading authority on data exchange and interoperability in healthcare," Shealy added.

About HTP, Inc.

HTP develops software for the healthcare industry that improves efficiency, profitability and service quality for hospitals, insurance companies, physician groups, managed care organizations, third-party administrators and public sector health plans. The company's software also enables secure information exchange through Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs).

Based in Columbus, Ohio, HTP supports 170 customers, including 90 hospitals and 60 health plans, by translating and moving more than 15 million transactions per month. HTP technology powers the Utah Health Information Network (UHIN), the nation's first RHIO. A 2004 and 2005 Inc. 500 company, HTP and its executives have been recognized for leadership by the Ohio Third Frontier Project, The Deloitte Technology Fast 500, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program and the Columbus Technology Council. Notable HTP customers include Ohio Medicaid and Utah Health Information Network.

For more information on HTP or to learn how its software is transforming healthcare information exchange for providers, payers and RHIOs, call 614.396.4549 or go to

About Fred Richards

A co-founder and chief technology officer of HTP, Richards has more than 22 years of experience in information systems focused on healthcare industry systems, health insurance systems and health maintenance organizations software and operations. Richards was an early adopter of ANSI X12 EDI healthcare transaction processing. He was CIO of an HMO that was the first commercial health plan to implement the claim transaction based on the X12.837 format to exchange claims with the major national clearinghouses of NEIC, now part of WebMD.

In addition, Richards was an active participant in the development of the electronic healthcare transactions that became the required transaction set under HIPAA. Richards has delivered EDI informational presentations at WEDI and national Medicaid IT conferences. As a member of the Data Interchange Standards Association, he participates in meetings to define the future transactions for electronic administrative activities in healthcare.

Richards also is a founding member of the Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE), a national collaboration focused on refining and improving the exchange of the health plan eligibility transactions among providers and payers. He is the author of books, white papers and industry articles on healthcare EDI. A certified industrial engineer, Richards holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and an MBA.

HTP Inc. Media/Industry Analyst Contact:

Cheryl Claypoole

Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations

Tel: 614.825.1721


Rob Krohn


Tel: 614.396.4537


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