New Investors Plan To Enhance Electronic Patient Health Record

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A local Angel health care investment group has joined with the founders of ER Card to help further develop its base operations in Rhode Island. The ER Card is an electronic personal health record (ePHR), care management service, emergency notification system and EMT care link, creating a public health and public safety program in one. The ER Card provides professional caregivers with access to critical health and contact information anytime, anywhere in the country.

A local Angel healthcare investment group, Angel Health Strategies LLC of Providence, has joined with the founders of the ER Card, an electronic personnel health record (PHR) business, to help further develop its base operations in Rhode Island. A consulting firm dedicated to innovative advancement in life sciences and healthcare services, Angel Health Strategies, LLC (, provides both intellectual and monetary capital to assist early stage companies.

The new company, ER Card, LLC (, offers a membership service allowing any individual greater control of their medical information by creating a secure electronic personal health record (ePHR). The ER Card provides its members with immediate anytime, anywhere access to critical health and contact information required during ambulance and emergency room encounters, hospital admissions, or physicians' visits, even when hundreds of miles away from home. Additional benefits of the ER Card program include a care management service, emergency notification system and EMT care link, creating a public health and public safety program in one.

"Great care begins with complete and accurate information that is easily accessible, and the ER Card enables an individual to create a comprehensive, electronic personal health record that will assist in a medical emergency and with routine physician visits," explains lead investor Bernie Lambrese. "Our investment team is excited to help move the discussion about electronic medical records from the talking stage into the practical stage, helping to further implement this innovative medical reporting system into our healthcare system. We believe that empowered healthcare consumers want control of and immediate access to critical health information for themselves and their families."

Mr. Lambrese, Senior Partner at Healthcare Strategies LLC (, has extensive sales and management experience in the home healthcare industry. He was a founder and CEO of Respiratory Solutions, Inc., a regional provider of home respiratory equipment and respiratory medications. In addition, he was a founder of EvoCare, an innovative provider of home infusion therapy throughout New England.

Mr. Lambrese is joined by partner, William F. Cesare, Ph.D., CPE, who has 22 years of experience as a principal in multiple start-up companies focusing on clinical rehabilitation, pharmaceutical marketing, and claims management. Dr. Cesare is also an active member of Angel Healthcare Investors, LLC of Boston, one of the largest life science focused Angel groups in the United States.

Additional members of Angel Health Strategies, LLC serving on ER Card's Board of Directors include Edward A. Iannuccilli, MD, Michael Rothman, MD, and Joseph Haley. Dr. Iannuccilli is a physician, educator, and innovator, who was the first appointed Clinical Professor at Brown University Medical School and is the former Chairman of the Board of Rhode Island Hospital.

Dr. Rothman is a physician and medical entrepreneur who founded Clinical Studies Ltd., the largest wholly-owned clinical research company in the world consisting of 53 research centers performing clinical trials in every major therapeutic category. Mr. Haley, a partner in Healthcare Strategies, is the former Chief Financial Officer for Respiratory Solutions and EvoCare.

Robert D. Coli, MD, Peter J. Fontaine, RN, and Kelly Lambrese, RN, BSN also have joined the ER Card Board of Directors. Robert D. Coli, MD, organized and incorporated Gastrointestinal Associates, a medical practice specializing in gastroenterology services. He is also the founder and CEO of Diagnostic Information System(SM) Company, which is commercializing its patented Diagnostic Information System(SM), a semantic application standard for diagnostic test results reporting that will provide for the viewing and sharing of cumulative test results information across multiple, non-integrated databases. Mr. Fontaine is a founding partner of Respiratory Solutions, Inc., and is the chairperson for the government affairs committee for the Rhode Island State Nurses Association, an affiliate of the American Nurses Association. Ms. Lambrese is the founder and a senior partner in Healthcare Strategies, LLC, as well as a founding partner and board member of Respiratory Solutions and EvoCare.

The ER Card was founded by Janice Gil, the former chief technologist and manager of the Women's Diagnostic Imaging Center at Kent Hospital in Warwick, Rhode Island, and her sister-in-law, Maria Gil, vice president of Chase Machine and Engineering in West Warwick. Maria Gil is also a member of the Health Services Council of the Rhode Island Department of Health. The women-owned and operated company enrolled over 3,500 ER Card members over the past five years through an aggressive grass-roots campaign, which included partnerships with the City of Warwick, University of Rhode Island and many civic and not-for-profit organizations.

"Locally and nationally, the subject of health IT is viewed as a hope for the future. Our new partners understand that the ER Card is already a viable option, and by hitting the ground running, our team is helping change the way medical information is delivered," Maria Gil said.

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