IDC Launches Health Industry Insights

FRAMINGHAM, MA – SEPTEMBER 21, 2005 – IDC today announced the launch of Health Industry Insights, a new, independent research and advisory practice focused on providing health industry executives and senior managers with fact-based research, business cases, benchmarking, and best practices on the use of information technology (IT). This actionable information provides key insights for health industry decision-makers to improve the coordination and delivery of consumer information and patient care while also streamlining the supporting operational processes.

"The launch of Health Industry Insights demonstrates IDC's continued investment in industry-specific research and advisory services," said Kirk Campbell, President and CEO of IDC. "Health Industry Insights is the fifth company IDC has created that addresses the unique research needs of business executives in specific industries. Health Industry Insights will arm clients with information that enables them to better prioritize, mitigate risk, and create more effective investment strategies in both the health provider and payer market segments."

"The health industry is being driven by a number of key factors, most notably the simultaneous increasing demand for health care services and mounting pressures to reform the health care system," said Jim Hansen, Health Industry Insights' vice president of research. "Investments in IT and the successful adoption of the associated initiatives have historically lagged behind other industries. Deriving greater value from IT is critical to optimizing the effective and efficient delivery of care and other related health services."

Health Industry Insights provides deep domain, research-based advisory and consulting services that enable executives and senior managers to:

— Maximize the value of their technology investments

— Drive technology-enabled clinical and business innovation

— Minimize technology risk through accurate planning

— Benchmark themselves against industry and out-of-industry peers

— Adopt industry best practices for business and technology alignment

— Make informed technology decisions

For additional information about Health Industry Insights, visit www.healthindustry-insights.com .

About Health Industry Insights, an IDC Company

Health Industry Insights is based in Framingham, MA and operates throughout the world utilizing IDC's network of global facilities. Our focus is to provide strategic business technology and application advice for the health industry. IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology and telecommunications industries. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 775 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 40 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com/ .

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