MEDBIQUITOUS CONSORTIUM RECEIVES ANSI ACCREDITATION AS STANDARDS DEVELOPER FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION

Baltimore, Maryland, April 2, 2004 The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and MedBiquitous Consortium today announced the approval of MedBiquitous as an ANSI accredited
standards development organization. MedBiquitous develops information technology standards
for medical education and training, medical professional competence assessment, certification,
and licensure, medical professional and scientific publications, and medical professional online
communities and portals. MedBiquitous members include leading professional medical societies,
universities, commercial, and government organizations.

(ANSI) is a private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to
the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the International Organization for Standardization
(ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission
(IEC). ANSI’s Healthcare Informatics Standards Board (ANSI HISB) provides an
open, public forum for the voluntary coordination of healthcare informatics standards. MedBiquitous
participates in ANSI HISB with other healthcare standards developers, including the American
Dental Association, ASTM, SNOMED, HIBCC, HL7, IEEE, National Council of Prescription
Drug Programs, NCCLS, Uniform Code Council, and Accredited Standards Committee X 12.

"We're extremely pleased to receive ANSI accreditation for our standards development work," said
Peter Greene, MD, executive director of MedBiquitous. "Standards are essential
to connect the entities involved in medical education and competence assessment and
enable reforms to education and certification processes. We're committed to ANSI's vision
of openness and due process for standards development, and we welcome all stakeholders
in medical education to participate in shaping the technology standards that will
shape our industry."

"ANSI is very pleased to welcome MedBiquitous as an accredited standards developer," states Sally
Seitz, HISB secretary. "Their commitment to the development of globally-harmonized,
consensus standards for healthcare informatics is directly aligned with the work of the
ANSI HISB. We look forward to a very productive relationship with MedBiquitous as both
a member of the HISB and as a developer of American National Standards."

Some current draft MedBiquitous standards include a healthcare professional profile, which provides a common format for exchanging individual contact, education, and certification information; medical
learning objects metadata, a customization of the Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) standard that provides a way of describing healthcare learning modules; and activity reporting, which provides a common format for reporting professional education and certification accomplishments.

More information on ANSI is available at: http://www.ansi.org/.
More information on MedBiquitous is available at: http://www.medbiq.org/.

Press Contact:
Valerie Smothers
Organization: MedBiquitous
Phone: 410-385-2367 ext. 131
Email: vsmothers@jhmi.edu

Press Contact:
Stephanie Carroll
Organization: ANSI
Phone: 212.642.4890
Email: scarroll@ansi.org

About the American National Standards Institute

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit organization (501(c)3) that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. The Institute's mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of
life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment
systems, and safeguarding their integrity. For more information, see http://www.ansi.org/.

About The MedBiquitous Consortium

Founded by Johns Hopkins Medicine and leading professional medical societies, the MedBiquitous
Consortium is creating a technology blueprint for professional medical education. Based
on XML and Web services standards, this blueprint will seamlessly supports the medical learner in ways that will improve patient care and simplify the administrative work associated with education and competence
assessment. MedBiquitous also provides a neutral forum for educators and industry alike to exchange ideas about innovative uses of Web technologies for healthcare education and communities of practice.
It is the mission of MedBiquitous to advance medical education through technology standards that promote professional competence, collaboration, and better patient care. For more information, see http://www.medbiq.org/.

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BIOGRAPHY

Peter Greene, M.D.

Peter Greene is associate dean for emerging technologies at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Greene also is the executive editor and key architect of CTSNet, the online community of 40 professional cardiothoracic surgery societies. He has more than 15 years of experience in information
technology using a variety of medical applications in parallel to a clinical career. Greene received his M.D. from Yale Medical School. He had an important role in founding the MedBiquitous Consortium and serves as the Consortium’s executive director.