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Dr. Charles Kennedy, Vice President of Health Information Technology for WellPoint, Inc., to Present Today at The 4th Annual World Healthcare Innovation and Technology Congress (WHIT v.4.0)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 General News J E 4
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 Charles D. Kennedy, MD, VicePresident of Health Information Technology for WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP)will present today at The 4th Annual World Healthcare Innovation andTechnology Congress (WHIT v.4.0), which is expected to convene with over 400health care executives to discuss the next generation of healthcare innovationand technology.

Dr. Kennedy's presentation, entitled "E-Prescribing: An Early HealthInformation Exchange Tool," will discuss how e-Prescribing offers a path tohelp reduce the underlying cost of care, improve quality and safety, andreduce administrative costs by helping physicians, patients, and all caregivers make better decisions using evidence based medicine. Dr. Kennedy, as amember of the keynote reactor panel, will also be part of the keynote sessionfocused on the importance of partnering with the consumer for better health byproviding the health plan industry's perspective.

At WellPoint, Dr. Kennedy is responsible for building technical solutionswhich leverage health plan data sets to help improve patient care. With over20 years of healthcare experience, Dr. Kennedy has deployed several advancedhealth IT tools and was responsible for helping with strategic acquisitionsand investments in companies that focus on healthcare technology.

In addition to being a recognized expert in Health IT, Dr. Kennedy hasserved on multiple boards such as the National Alliance for Health InformationTechnology (NAHIT), the California Regional Health Information Organization(CalRHIO), AHIC Successor, Inc., and was a founding commissioner of theCertification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT).

For more information about The 4th Annual World Healthcare Innovation andTechnology Congress (WHIT v.4.0), please visit www.worldcongress.com.

About WellPoint, Inc.

WellPoint, Inc. is the largest health benefits company in terms of medicalmembership in the United States. WellPoint is an independent licensee of theBlue Cross and Blue Shield Association and serves its members as the BlueCross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee forColorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (asEmpire Blue Cross Blue Shield in 10 New York City metropolitan and surroundingcounties and as Empire Blue Cross or Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in selectedupstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginiasuburbs of Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin; and through UniCare. Additionalinformation about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com.

SOURCE WellPoint, Inc.
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