35 Innovative Healthcare Companies Selected as Semi-Finalists for ABL's 2006 ABBY Awards

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Thirty-five Semi-Finalists for ABL's Innovations in HealthcareSM ABBY Awards have been selected from among the companies nominated for their innovative medical or healthcare information technology, approaches to healthcare, or consumer-empowerment services. These companies will now vie to be Finalists and presenters at the Eighth Annual Innovations in HealthcareSM Awards and Event, to be presented by The Adaptive Business Leaders Organization, on June 7, 2006, in Long Beach, California.

Thirty-five Semi-Finalists for ABL's Innovations in HealthcareSM ABBY Awards have been selected from among the companies nominated for their innovative medical or healthcare information technology, approaches to healthcare, or consumer-empowerment services. Having made it through the first hurdle, these companies will now vie to be Finalists and presenters at the Eighth Annual Innovations in HealthcareSM Awards and Event, to be presented by The Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization, on June 7, 2006, in Long Beach, California.

On March 29, the Innovations Finalists Selection Committee – a group composed of 20 ABL Members, who are industry experts in each of the Awards' four categories – will convene to evaluate the significance of each Semi-Finalist's innovative product or service – particularly the degree to which it contributes to the timely delivery of quality, cost-effective healthcare. At the conclusion of this session, eight ABBY Award Finalists, as well as the "2006 Leadership in Innovation" Award Recipient and Event Keynoter, will be chosen.

The Semi-Finalists, grouped into four separate Award categories, are: Medical Technology: Almen Laboratories; Biolase Technology; Concentric Medical Inc.; Genomic Health; Gen-Probe Inc.; Insulet Corporation; Nobel Biocare; Pro-Dex Inc.; SiDMAP; and XDx, Inc. Information Technology: BeWell Mobile Technology; Enclarity Inc.; Government Management Services/FACIS; Health Savings Technology; IGP Technologies; IntelliDOT Corporation; Kaiser Permanente Information Technology; KDH Systems, Inc.; Satori Labs Inc.; and Skylight Healthcare Systems. Innovative Approach: CalRHIO; Century City Doctors Hospital; HealthAlliant; Health Hero Network Inc.; The Innovation Factory; JEG Diversified; Stat Nurses International; and Talbert Medical Group. And, Consumer Empowerment: American Medical Consumers; ARCUS Enterprises; HealthEquity, Inc.; Kaiser Permanente Internet Services Group; Quantum Health; Redwood Health/Pacific Foundation for Medical Care; and Sterling HSA. At the June 7th ceremony, one ABBY Award winner, voted on by event attendees, will be chosen from each category.

The Eighth Annual Innovations in HealthcareSM Event and Awards Ceremony is open to ABL Members, as well as senior executives of therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device and healthcare information and services firms. For more information about the Innovations Event, ABBY Awards and/or the ABL Organization, please contact Laura Grant at ABL at (714) 245-1427 or visit abl.org.

About the Adaptive Business Leaders Organization:

For over 22 years, the ABL Organization has supported and fostered the sharing of strategic growth strategies and tactics, best practices and business innovations through its CEO-level Round Tables and Conferences. This will be the eighth year, at ABL's Innovations in HealthcareSM Awards and Event, that healthcare industry leaders have honored the organizations whose products and services are judged to be the most innovative, with proven metrics assuring their cost-effective quality. Also, year-round, through its array of Round Tables and events, ABL helps to enable the growth of many of California’s leading technology and healthcare companies. Since its founding in 1983, through focused, confidential, monthly Round Tables and regularly-scheduled Conferences and Events, Members have helped each other capitalize on market trends and opportunities, assuring that they are well positioned for corporate and personal success.

Contact:

Laura Grant, Director of Member Services or Mimi Grant, President

Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization

(714) 245-2400

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