Emageon Signs Agreement with Integrated Health Network MultiCare

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 General News
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 20 Emageon, a leader inenterprise medical information technology systems for hospitals and healthcare networks, announced today that it has been awarded a five-yearHeartSuite(TM) VERICIS(R) cardiology contract with MultiCare Health System, anintegrated health organization made up of four hospitals in the GreaterTacoma, Washington area. This follows MultiCare's unveiling of the new TacomaGeneral Heart Hospital on November 15, 2008.

The agreement comes after an extensive RFP process which evaluated majoras well as several smaller and newer cardiology information and imagingsolutions. Emageon was awarded the final contract to supply its VERICISdigital PACS and HeartSuite hemodynamics solution for four cath labs,including one in which Emageon's Pediatric Echo IMS product will be installed.The HeartSuite VERICIS solution will enable MultiCare to now digitally processits cardiology PACS studies and cath/echo structured reporting forechocardiography.

In addition, MultiCare will also benefit from Emageon's bi-directional HISinterface. This will allow MultiCare's scheduled studies, results and reports- generated within VERICIS - when signed off to be automatically uploaded toits EMR (electronic medical record). This will make the patient informationimmediately available for physician review and/or consultation with surgeonsas well as trigger the billing process for payment.

This will be the first hospital enterprise in the Tacoma area toconsolidate vendor products to give physicians access to all aspects ofcardiac imaging and procedures performed on the patient through the use of atrue multimodality and multimedia Web-based workstation. This includesreports or any type of imaging study from cardiology to radiology.

MultiCare stated, "Our team placed particular emphasis on customerreferences, paying close attention to their individual vendor experiences andproven successes with system installation, staff training, vendor follow-ups,system upgrades, prompt service, and competitive pricing. We found Emageon'scustomer base to be most happy with their installed systems, especially therelative ease with which the HeartSuite VERICIS application was adopted by theintended users, and even more satisfied with Emageon's product support.Additionally, we believe that Emageon's solution will provide us with the mostcomprehensive integrated solution to address our need for a fully Web-basedproduct to include cardiology PACS; hemodynamic charting system; pediatric andadult structured reports; HIS, RIS, and CIS interfacing; and ACC registryreporting."

"Emageon is delighted to enter into a long-term relationship withMultiCare, a large and significant healthcare provider," said Keith Stahlhut,Emageon's Acting Chief Operating Officer. "MultiCare has been named one ofthe Verispan, Inc. Top 10 Integrated Health Networks and was awarded the VHALeadership Award for Clinical Excellence with its transformation of the TacomaGeneral ICU/CVICU. We are very proud to have the opportunity to serve anorganization of this clinical stature."

About MultiCare Health System

MultiCare Health System is a leading-edge, integrated health organizationmade up of four hospitals including Allenmore Hospital, Good SamaritanHospital, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, and Tacoma General Hospital, aswell as over 40 primary and urgent care clinics, Hospice and Home Healthservices, and other specialty services clinical areas. A not-for-profitorganization based in Tacoma, Washington since 1882, MultiCare has grown overthe years in response to community needs. Today it is the area's largestprovider of health care services, serving patients at 93 locations in Pierce,South King, Kitsap and Thurston counties. For more information, please visitwww.multicare.org .

About Emageon

Emageon provides information technology systems for hospitals, healthcarenetworks and imaging facilities. Its enterprise family of solutions includesRadSuite(TM), HeartSuite(TM) and other specialty suites. All Emageonsolutions are built on a unified Enterprise Content Management system offeringadvanced visualization and infrastructure tools for the clinical analysis andmanagement of digital medical images, reports and associated clinical content.Emageon's standards-based solutions are designed to help customers enhancepatient care, automate workflow, lower costs, improve productivity and providebetter service to physicians. For more information, please visitwww.emageon.com .

SOURCE Emageon

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