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HEALTH CONNECTIONS NETWORKS™ launches HCN-California™ at Sharp Healthcare

SAN DIEGO  — (March 3, 2008) — Sharp HealthCare, one of the largest integrated health care systems in California, has teamed with HCN (a privately held company based in Wheaton, Illinois) to roll out the West Coast’s first secure electronic network dedicated to improving medical and disability outcomes in Work Comp and Occupational Medicine. Sharp HealthCare is implementing the HCN-California network throughout its Sharp Rees-Stealy Occupational Health Program. With the addition of Sharp HealthCare, HCN-California will emerge as the nation’s premier Web-Services network for Work Comp.

“Occupational Medicine is a high-volume, labor- and paper-intensive medical service that requires ongoing communication with multiple parties for both medical and administrative management of each case. The more efficient and effective the communication, the better the outcome for all involved,” said Joseph Marty, Director of Occupational Health and Rehabilitation at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers. “HCN is the 21st century way to assure quality medical and administrative outcomes.”

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