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Thomson Reuters Releases Charge Capture 2.0 for the Clinical Xpert(TM) Suite of Clinical Workflow Solutions

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 General News J E 4
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ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 29 Thomson Reuters announced todaythat is has released the newest version of its Charge Capture solution.

Clinical Xpert Charge Capture 2.0 allows physicians to record charges andprocedures via their BlackBerry smartphones and Palm(R) and Windows(R) Mobilehandheld devices, regardless of location. Charges are delivered to acentralized Web portal for use by hospital and physician practiceadministrators and coders and also for integration into practice managementand billing systems.

Part of the Clinical Xpert suite of mobile and Web-based workflowsolutions, Charge Capture 2.0 offers complete functionality for BlackBerrysmartphones, usability enhancements for doctors and extensive new capabilitiesfor billing administrators. The Clinical Xpert suite (originally developed byMercury MD, which is now part of the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters)includes solutions for mobile and Web-based clinical data access, clinicalsurveillance, electronic backup of core HIS systems, medicationreconciliation, and streamlined care-team communication.

"We first deployed Clinical Xpert Navigator on our physicians' BlackBerrysmartphones last year and now have more than 100 doctors using it regularly,"said Mike Hibbard, vice president of clinical informatics at Mercy HealthPartners in Cincinnati, Ohio. "Bringing Charge Capture functionality to theBlackBerry platform represents a significant addition to an already powerfulsolution."

The process of recording and submitting charges for physicians inhospitals is often inefficient and inaccurate. In many hospitals, charges arejotted down on paper during rounds, or simply written down hours after theevent. The results are often incomplete and inaccurate, leading to lostrevenue when medical claims are not submitted for payment or are rejected dueto inaccurate or incomplete information. Billing cycles can stretch into weeksas significant administrative effort is required to produce accurate claims.By using Charge Capture, hospitals and practices can increase their totalcharges while decreasing their time to bill. Some Charge Capture customershave shown 5 to 8 percent increases in total revenue within the first calendarquarter of use, while reducing billing cycle time from two weeks to less thantwo days.

In addition to adding support for BlackBerry smartphones, Charge Capture2.0 features a number of usability enhancements for doctors, administratorsand coders. The new release includes the use of defined keywords, enhancedlookup features, and customization capabilities. The Web-based portal has beenredesigned for usability, with a new user interface, enhanced data downloads,and enhanced reporting and customization tools for coders.

About Thomson Reuters

The Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters produces insights, information,benchmarks and analysis that enable organizations to manage costs, improveperformance and enhance the quality of healthcare. Thomson Reuters is theworld's leading source of intelligent information for businesses andprofessionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology todeliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial,legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare and media markets, poweredby the world's most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New Yorkand major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employsmore than 50,000 people in 93 countries. For more information, go towww.thomsonreuters.com .

SOURCE Thomson Reuters
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