Steve Case, CEO of Revolution Health, to Keynote and Receive ABL's Leadership Award; Nine Innovative Health Companies Named Finalists for ABBY Awards

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Steve Case, Chairman and CEO of Revolution Health Group (and Co-Founder of AOL) will receive the Adaptive Business Leaders Organization's 2008 "Leadership in Innovation" Award and Keynote at ABL's 10th Annual Innovations in Healthcare(SM) Awards Event on April 23rd. Additionally, nine national ABBY Award Finalists will present to the live audience of senior healthcare leaders at the Event, to be held in Costa Mesa, CA, as they vie to win the prestigious Award that honors innovative products and services that reduce the cost of providing quality healthcare.

Our objective here is that others will apply these - and create even more creative ways - to lower the cost of providing quality healthcare.

Steve Case, Chairman and CEO of Revolution Health Group (and Co-Founder of AOL) will receive the Adaptive Business Leaders Organization's 2008 "Leadership in Innovation" Award and Keynote at ABL's 10th Annual Innovations in Healthcare(SM) Awards Event on April 23rd. Additionally, nine national ABBY Award Finalists will present to the live audience of senior healthcare leaders at the Event, to be held in Costa Mesa, CA, as they vie to win the prestigious Award that honors innovative products and services that reduce the cost of providing quality healthcare.

Steve Case was singled out for the Leadership Award in recognition of his visionary enabling of healthcare consumers, through Revolution Health, to become more proactively involved in their care. The recurrent theme of the Innovations in Healthcare Event - addressed by the Leadership Awardee, the ABBY Finalists, and the ABL Organization itself - is honoring proven innovations, deployed through healthcare information, medical technology and approaches, aimed at enabling millions of Americans to enjoy more affordable healthcare.

"This year's Innovations Event will be the best health cost-reduction showcase yet," noted Mimi Grant, ABL's president. "Our objective here is that others will apply these - and create even more creative ways - to lower the cost of providing quality healthcare."

The nine ABBY Award Finalists were selected by 25 ABL-Member "Champions" from a field of 45 Semi-Finalists, who in turn were chosen from the largest number of nominees in the Award's ten-year history. The Finalists were selected for best meeting the criteria of being innovative, with a product and/or service that is approved for use in the U.S. marketplace, and have clinical and financial metrics that prove their technology or approach reduces the cost of providing quality healthcare. Award Winners will be selected (by secret ballot) by the senior healthcare industry executives attending the Awards Event, after hearing presentations from each Finalist company. Attendance is open to ABL Members, as well as non-Member senior executives. (Event details are available at http://www.abl.org/iih2008.htm.)

The ABBY Award Finalists, divided into three categories, are:

Finalists in the Innovative Approaches to the Delivery of Healthcare category:

Oakland, CA's Alameda County Medical Center's Rapid Entry and Accelerated Care at Triage (REACT) program has increased capacity, efficiency, and throughput in the ER.

Alexandria, VA's WellPoint's Lumenos created one of the first Consumer Directed Health Plans, enabling consumers to take a more proactive roll in managing and paying for, their own care.

Sacramento, CA's Sutter Health Partners' LIVE WELL FOR LIFE program focuses on identifying the predictors of disease and intervening before disease status is reached.

Finalists in the Innovations in Healthcare Information Technology category:

San Francisco, CA's Healthline Networks operates Healthline.com, whose Medically Guided Search help consumers better navigate the complex world of health information.

Needham, MA's iMDsoft, Inc.'s MetaVision Suite is a clinical info system solution that automates all areas of patient management, workflow, documentation, and order entry.

Pittsburgh, PA's M*Modal, Inc.'s hosted conversational documentation services helps providers capture clinical information from dictation and transform it into shareable e-files.

Finalists in the Innovations in Medical/Diagnostic category:

Sunnyvale, CA's Accuray, Inc.'s CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System is the world's only robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body non-invasively.

Laguna Hills, CA's Micro Imaging Technology's laser-based system rapidly detects and identifies bacterium, cutting time from days to hours.

South San Francisco, CA's XDx, Inc.'s AlloMap® molecular expression testing non-invasively monitors the immune system for transplant recipients.

For ten years, ABL's ABBY Awards have recognized organizations which have demonstrated transformative advances in medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, information technology and approaches to providing care and coverage, decreasing the numbers of uninsured, and engaging healthcare consumers more actively in their care and health status, all of which reduces the cost of providing healthcare.

About ABL:
Celebrating its 25th anniversary year, the Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization's mission is to help health and technology leaders grow great companies. ABL does this through its monthly, industry-specific Round Tables and frequent Events. In their confidential Round Tables, ABL Members - who are CEOs, Presidents, COOs and Division General Managers - openly seek from and share with each other candid advice, best practices and innovative approaches for capitalizing on market trends and opportunities, in order to assure they are well positioned for business and personal success.

Laura Grant, ABL Event and Marketing Director (714/245-1427) or
Mimi Grant, President (714/245-1425)
Adaptive Business Leaders Organization

930 W. Town & Country Rd.
Orange, CA 92868
714/245- 2400 FAX 714/245-1428
http://www.abl.org

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