Contact: Laurie Groves, Iowa Farm Bureau, (515) 225-5414


WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – July 18, 2008 –MediNotes Corporation, an electronic health records company, has been named the Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur of the Month winner by Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF).

The company, based in West Des Moines but with more than 23,000 users nationwide, is a market leader in electronic health record and billing software, which is widely used to meet the needs of patients not just in urban clinics but in rural Iowa and beyond. So, whether a clinic is small or large, a physician who utilizes MediNotes can interface with physicians, hospitals and pharmacies across the nation and access a patient’s records to ensure the best, possible care.

“We are so pleased to give the Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur of the Month award to the talented people of MediNotes,” said Farm Bureau’s Economic Development Administrator, Sandy Ehrig. “As a market leader in electronic health records, they are a company that is growing fast and the fact that they employ a number of young, rural Iowans to help maintain rural health care is a testament to the Renew Rural Iowa award,” said Ehrig.

“We are happy to receive this honor from Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa program. Like Farm Bureau, we are a company committed to improving the health and lives of all Iowans,” said MediNotes president and CEO, Donald G. Schoen. “We are in 4,700 medical practices across the country and this award is a testament to our talented, hard-working, creative staff that supports our efforts.”

The Renew Rural Iowa program is an Iowa Farm Bureau initiative that combines an innovative mentoring model for entrepreneurs with a rural vitality investment fund. The program is designed to enhance the enterprise value of existing or new small town businesses to encourage their reinvestment within the community, thereby increasing the overall wealth of that community. The Renew Rural Iowa Award is a designation which honors leading entrepreneurs as a testament to the vitality, creativity and cooperation of Iowa’s rural communities. A vital part of the Renew Rural program is the Business Success seminars, which are held with co-hosts around the state; the next is scheduled for October 1 in Ames. To register for Farm Bureau’s Business Success Seminar or to register online, visit or call 800-254-9670.

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