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Novant Health Selects Microsoft Azyxxi to Improve Healthcare Delivery

Friday, August 31, 2007 General News J E 4
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REDMOND, Wash., and WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Aug. 30 Novant Health has joined the growing list of leading health institutions thatwant to get the most out of existing IT investments by improvingorganizationwide access to clinical, administrative and financial data. Novantwill implement Azyxxi(R), the Microsoft(R) unified health enterprise platform,throughout the enterprise, initially focusing on intensive care units andemergency departments and then expanding throughout its eight acute carehospitals and an 800-physician medical group.

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"Azyxxi will make comprehensive clinical data more accessible tophysicians in a format that can be used to make higher-quality decisions,"said Stephen L. Wallenhaupt, M.D., a cardiovascular surgeon and chief medicalofficer of Novant Health. "Whenever we simplify how doctors access informationabout their patients, we believe that increases the potential for bettermedical care."

With Azyxxi, physicians will have a single point of access to all data,including lab results and video, from across the entire organization in onelocation. Caregivers will also be notified of critical information and statuschanges through automatic real-time updates. Azyxxi reduces the amount of timespent filling out paperwork and can eliminate human errors caused by repeatedtransfer and re-recording of information.

"We are pleased to mark the one-year anniversary of Microsoft'sacquisition of Azyxxi by announcing that Novant Health is joining the ranks ofother Azyxxi early adopters such as Johns Hopkins Health System, MedStarHealth, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the Wisconsin Health InformationExchange," said Peter Neupert, corporate vice president of the HealthSolutions Group at Microsoft. "We look forward to working with Novant toimprove their organizationwide access to clinical and patient data, andultimately enhancing patient care."

About Novant Health

Novant Health, ranked as one of our nation's top 10 most integratedhealthcare systems, is a not-for-profit organization providing care for3.4 million residents in North and South Carolina. With eight hospitals, twonursing homes, an 800 physician medical group, outpatient surgery centers,rehabilitation and community health outreach programs, Novant providesexcellence in healthcare.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader insoftware, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize theirfull potential.

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
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