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NEW YORK, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Piper Jaffray & Co. is pleased to announce that Senior Health Care Services Analyst Ryan Stewart will be hosting a conference call with National Health Information Technology Coordinator, David J. Brailer, M.D., Ph.D., on Friday, Sept. 10, 2004 at 11:30 am ET, to discuss the government's role in enabling the widespread adoption of healthcare technology and the "strategic framework for action," that was released at Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson's Summit on Health Information Technology on July 21, 2004. Dr. Brailer will also discuss the potential impact these efforts may have on the healthcare technology sector. Dr. Brailer was appointed to this position by Secretary Thompson May 6, 2004.

As national coordinator, Dr. Brailer is responsible for executing actions ordered by President George W. Bush in his April 27, 2004 Executive Order which, called for widespread adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) by most Americans within 10 years to realize substantial improvements in safety and efficiency. Recently, Dr. Brailer topped out at No. 1 on Modern Healthcare's "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare" annual list.

Previous to his current appointment, Dr. Brailer was a senior fellow at the Health Technology Center in San Francisco, a non-profit research and education organization that provides strategic information and resources to healthcare organizations about the future impact of technology in health care delivery. In addition, he recently completed 10 years as chairman and chief executive officer of CareScience, Inc., a care management solutions company. Dr. Brailer holds doctoral degrees in medicine and managerial economics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and The Wharton School respectively.

The conference call is open to Piper Jaffray clients and members of the media. To register for the call, clients should contact their Piper Jaffray representative and members of the media should contact Susan Beatty at or 612-303-5680.

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