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ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BW HealthWire)--Oct. 2, 2000, Inc. announced today that it has formed an Executive Advisory Board consisting of four prominent leaders in the healthcare, technology, security and finance industries.

The board members include Dr. Jorge Garcia, General William Odom, John McDaniel, and John Spirtos. The board, along with the Physician Advisory Board and Dental Advisory Board, will guide the management team in formulating the strategic direction of the company and in implementing new products.

"We have assembled a talented, creative and incisive group of leaders who were carefully chosen to bring a broad range of skills to the company," said James F. Chen, Chairman and CEO of DrFirst. "I have every confidence the board will work together to realize our objective of seeing DrFirst become a major player in the healthcare technology arena."

DrFirst offers a range of communication and business productivity solutions to health care providers and organizations on an Application Service Provider (ASP) basis. As DrFirst continues to strengthen its position as one of the most focused and innovative technology companies in the healthcare industry, the appointment of these advisors will help guide the company in its progressive growth efforts.

"We couldn't be more pleased that these individuals have joined our team," stated Mr. Chen. "The expertise of each advisor will be instrumental in helping DrFirst solidify its leadership position. The advisors each bring a track record of success in key industries important to the company's growth, and we are confident that the Executive Advisory Board will help take DrFirst to the next level."

Dr. Jorge Garcia, M.D. is a world-renowned heart surgeon and cardiac specialist. Dr. Garcia is the senior cardiovascular surgeon at the Washington Hospital Center and an Associate Clinical Professor at George Washington University Hospital.

He was the recipient of the Ernest Alva Gould Award for Excellence in Surgery, honored for outstanding contributions by the American Heart Society, and was also voted the "Most Distinguished Alumnus of the Washington Hospital Center" in 1997.

Dr. Garcia has also been voted by Washingtonian Magazine for six consecutive years as the "Doctor Who Received The Most Votes from other area physicians as the doctor they would go to for heart surgery."

General William E. Odom is the Director of National Security Studies at the Hudson Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He is also chairman of the board of American Science & Engineering, Billerica, MA.

Before he retired from the Army, he was Director of the National Security Agency, and military assistant to Zbigniew Brzezinski in the National Security Council under President Jimmy Carter.

John P. McDaniel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Medstar Health, an integrated system of more than 14 health care organizations and hospitals, including the Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown University Medical Center, and the National Rehabilitation Hospital.

Mr. McDaniel has held a number of executive positions in various healthcare organizations, including serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Hospital Center Corporation, the President of Maryland Health Care System, Inc., and the President of Lutheran Hospital of Maryland, Inc.

He has held various administrative posts at Maryland General Hospital (Baltimore, Maryland), Community Hospital (Springfield, Ohio), and the Wilmington Medical Center (Wilmington, Delaware).

John Spirtos, is the Vice Chairman of Optical Capital Group, a venture capital firm that is funded by Corvis, Inc., an optical communications equipment developer. OCG is positioned to become the premier technology accelerator focused on bringing to market the future of optical networking.

Mr. Spirtos formerly served as the investment manager at HRLD Ventures and was an attorney in corporate and tax departments at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, LLP.

Currently, Mr. Spirtos is a member of the Board of Directors of Codeon Corporation, CiDRA Corporation, Nufern, a maker of specialty fiber, Hyperchip, Inc., Pivotech Systems, Inc., Sparkolor Corporation, OnMark Capital, Inc., and Spike Broadband Systems, Inc.


DrFirst provides membership-based communication and business productivity solutions for physicians, dentists, and healthcare organizations on an Application Service Provider (ASP) basis.

The platform for DrFirst's products and services is its Secure Message Exchange network, which allows its members to communicate securely within their practices and with colleagues, labs, pharmacies, hospitals, and other business partners outside their practices.

Members also access DrFirst's software applications, including its practice management and electronic medical records, through the network, which can be accessed by traditional desktop computers and handheld devices. More information about the company can be found at the company's Website,

For further information:

John F. Bartos, Jr.

Director of Business Development, Inc.

3206 Tower Oaks Boulevard

Suite 310

Rockville, MD 20852

(301) 231-9510 x109
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