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St. Joseph Health System Selects Microsoft's Azyxxi to Optimize Treatment Decisions

Friday, November 16, 2007 General News J E 4
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ORANGE, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 15 St.Joseph Health System has selected Azyxxi, the Microsoft unified healthenterprise platform, making it the largest community-based hospital network,and the first on the West Coast, to adopt the platform to date. Themultihospital health system joins the ranks of other prestigious organizationsthat have chosen Azyxxi to improve organizationwide access to clinical andpatient data using existing IT investments.

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Microsoft Corp.'s Azyxxi offers a new way to capture, store and presentinformation, enabling healthcare systems to unlock data sitting in clinical,financial and administrative silos across organizations. As a result,caregivers can spend less time looking for information and more time providinghigh-quality care to patients.

Accessible on computers, tablet PCs and handheld devices, Azyxxi providesreal-time responses to clinical, administrative and research-specificquestions. Equipped with decision-support tools, the platform can also helpphysicians determine the best treatment options. Dr. Clyde Wesp, chief medicalinformation officer for California-based St. Joseph Health System, viewsAzyxxi as one of the primary pillars in the hospital network's initiative toleverage technological advancements to improve the quality of patient care."Azyxxi is an indispensable tool that will take our existing systems to thenext level and keep St. Joseph Health System on the forefront of informationtechnology, delivering the best possible care to the communities we serve,"Wesp said. "With Azyxxi, all our physicians -- those in the hospitals,community-based and in group practices -- will have virtually instant accessto a patient's health information, thereby increasing connectivity betweenproviders and improving care for patients."

Initial installation of Azyxxi will begin early in 2008 and take placeacross all 14 acute-care hospitals, three home-health agencies and multiplephysician groups throughout St. Joseph's three regions -- Northern California,Southern California, and West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. A more robustinstallation of Azyxxi will take place at two hospitals, with a full rolloutacross the health system by the end of 2009.

"As the first West Coast-based health system to install Azyxxi, St. JosephHealth System represents a significant addition to the list of prominenthospitals using the state-of-the-art data management solution," said SteveShihadeh, general manager of sales, marketing and partners for the HealthSolutions Group at Microsoft. "St. Joseph Health System is a perfect exampleof how Azyxxi can help a diverse health system with locations in multiplestates by aggregating information for real-time decision-making and ultimatelybringing improved care to the communities it serves."

About St. Joseph Health System

St. Joseph Health System is an integrated healthcare delivery organizationfounded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. There are more than 20,000valued employees of St. Joseph Health System. In California, St. Joseph HealthSystem includes: St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Mission Hospital inMission Viejo, St. Joseph Hospital of Orange, St. Jude Heritage Healthcare,St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare, St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, Queenof the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Petaluma Valley Hospital, Santa RosaMemorial Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and Redwood Memorial Hospitalin Fortuna. In addition, SJHS operates the Covenant Health System in easternNew Mexico and Texas and St. Joseph Home Care facilities throughout thecommunities it serves.

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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