Health-It World Conference and Expo to Launch in Spring 2004

FRAMINGHAM, MA – DECEMBER 2, 2003 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today announced the launch of Health•IT World Conference + Expo™, a new event focusing on technology for healthcare, including healthcare management systems and information-based medicine. At Health•IT World, technology buyers from healthcare organizations will learn about the newest tools to increase efficiency, cut costs and improve patient care.

Health•IT World Conference + Expo will take place March 30 – April 1, 2004 at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center, co-located with Bio•IT World Conference + Expo™.

Attendees at Health•IT World will be able to test drive new solutions on the exhibit floor and learn strategies from respected experts in the event’s conference program, while also networking with like-minded peers. The event is designed for executives, IT managers, physicians, clinical managers and department administrators looking for the newest healthcare technology solutions.

IDG World Expo has partnered with Health•IT World and the Medical Records Institute (MRI) to develop the Health•IT World educational program. Conference sessions will cover topics relevant to healthcare management and information-based medicine, including:

• Technology enabling a higher standard of patient safety

• ROI for converting to digital medical records

• Mobile and wireless usage in the hospital and physician’s office

• Who should control IT in a healthcare environment

• Technology’s impact on the doctor/patient relationship

"Mobile devices, electronic medical records and computer physician order entry are transforming the practice of medicine," said Peter Waegemann, CEO of Medical Records Institute. "Now more than ever, healthcare professionals and developers of technology need opportunities to meet and discuss how best to increase efficiency, cut costs and improve patient care. Health•IT World Conference + Expo will provide an important forum for the exchange of ideas, right in the heart of the nation's foremost city for healthcare."

Dr. Peter Elkin from Mayo Medical School will present Health•IT World’s opening keynote presentation, “Where Bio Informatics and Health Informatics Meet.” Dr. Elkin serves as the school’s associate professor of medicine and medical informatics, as well as the director of the Laboratory of Biomedical Informatics and Department of Internal Medicine.

In addition to Dr. Elkin, Health•IT World’s roster of conference speakers includes the most respected minds in the industry. Among them are Bill Braithwaite, M.D.; J. Peter Geerlofs, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Allscripts Healthcare Solutions; and William A. Yasnoff, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Advisor at the National Health Information Infrastructure Department of Health and Human Services.

On the Health•IT World expo floor, attendees will find technology and product developments for healthcare management systems and outcomes-based medicine, including clinical trials, patient diagnostics, treatment and care. The expo floor will also feature three action-packed days of networking opportunities and educational programming, including an opening night welcome reception, awards presentation and educational presentations from exhibiting companies.

Taking place in Boston  home of the nation’s most renowned healthcare institutions  Health•IT World Conference + Expo is ideally situated to attract healthcare technology buyers from hospitals, managed care organizations, integrated health systems and clinical research/clinical trial organizations. Healthcare organizations based in the Boston area include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners HealthCare Systems, Tufts New England Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard Medical Center Network.

“Technology is revolutionizing the healthcare industry, from medical records to patient care,” said Jennifer LaFond, group vice president of IDG World Expo. “Health•IT World will provide a unique forum for healthcare technology professionals to explore the newest solutions available and learn strategies for implementing healthcare management systems and information-based medicine.”

For more information on Health•IT World Conference + Expo, please visit www.health-itworldexpo.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Bio•IT World Conference + Expo, Health•IT World Conference + Expo™, COMNET Conference & Expo, BiometricsWorld Global SeriesTM and Portable Power Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG’s research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com.

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