IDX(R) Carecast(TM) Provides Electronic Health Records for the Nation's Newest Digital Hospital

Near-paperless "Hospital of the Future" now open in south Florida

Mar 18, 2005, 00:00 ET from IDX Systems Corporation

    BURLINGTON, Vt., March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The nation's newest
 digital paperless hospital is now open for patient care, showcasing
 sophisticated technology that will improve care from admission to discharge.
 What patients won't find at Memorial Hospital Miramar, though, is manila
 folders holding paper charts or X-ray films. With advanced digital and
 wireless technology, Memorial Hospital Miramar features a near-paperless
 environment, with electronic health records, facility-wide electronic patient
 tracking, wireless barcode medication charting, the use of digital images
 across the hospital, and many other innovations.
     Memorial Hospital Miramar healthcare providers will consult electronic
 health records using the IDX(R) Carecast(TM) enterprise clinical system from
 IDX Systems Corporation (Nasdaq:   IDXC), on touch-screen computer monitors at
 each bed. Nurses will use wireless barcode scanners to confirm that the right
 patient is receiving the right dose of the right medication at the right time.
 Radiologists and other members of the healthcare team will view digital X-rays
 from anywhere within the hospital -- or remotely from their office or home.
     Open to the public as of March 17, Memorial Hospital Miramar is the fifth
 hospital in Florida's Memorial Healthcare System, and the first in the network
 to be entirely digital. Memorial's other hospitals use Carecast in their
 emergency departments, as well as for pharmacy and scheduling. Clinicians
 across the organization access Carecast to view their patients' medication
 history, lab test results and diagnostic imaging results. Because the entire
 system uses a single patient database, information about a patient's prior
 treatment within the Memorial Healthcare System will be instantly available
 the next time the patient is seen at any of Memorial's five hospitals.
     "Building a digital hospital from the ground up is a huge milestone in
 moving healthcare delivery into the 21st century," said Mike Raymer, Senior
 Vice President and General Manager, IDX Carecast Operating Unit. "Other
 facilities have already made great strides in this direction, but Miramar is
 one of only a few that have gone digital. Clinicians will no longer have to
 track down paper charts or deal with illegible handwriting; they will have the
 advantages of complete patient information and decision support at their
     Having immediate access to a patient's complete health records --
 including lists of a patient's prescriptions and allergies -- can help prevent
 medical errors, improve patient safety, and avoid duplicate tests and other
 procedures. The system can deliver alerts that warn physicians about drug-drug
 interactions or suggest best practices for a patient with a specific
 condition. In 2006, Memorial Hospital Miramar plans to implement the IDX
 computerized physician order entry (CPOE) solution so that physicians will
 directly enter prescriptions and orders for lab tests and other procedures
 directly into the Carecast system. CPOE has been shown to improve the quality
 of care by preventing potential medication errors and significantly shortening
 the interval of time between when an order is entered and when medication is
     Carecast runs on the highly scalable HP NonStop(TM) platform, which
 delivers subsecond response time regardless of the number of concurrent users
 logged onto the system. The system also offers unsurpassed reliability and a
 guarantee of 99.9 percent uptime -- a critical feature in a hospital designed
 from the ground up to operate without paper records.
     "By demonstrating advanced, digital healthcare in action, Memorial
 Healthcare System gives us a preview of the future of healthcare IT in the
 U.S. -- a future distinguished by widespread use of electronic health records
 to improve both quality of care and clinician efficiency," added Raymer.
     President Bush has announced the goal of every American having an
 electronic health record within ten years. The Office of the National
 Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONCHIT), led by David Brailer,
 M.D., Ph.D., is spearheading the administration's efforts to increase the
 prevalence of electronic health records and healthcare information technology.
     ONCHIT's initial efforts are focused on the development of regional
 healthcare information organizations (RHIOs), which will link hospitals,
 ambulatory clinics, physician practices and pharmacies together to enable
 seamless sharing of a patient's complete medical data.
     About IDX(R) Carecast(TM)
     Carecast is a fully integrated clinical, financial and administrative
 system, combining core clinical processes for orders, results, pharmacy and
 clinical documentation with administrative and financial processes for
 scheduling, registration, admitting, charging and billing. Representing the
 next generation of electronic clinical information solutions, Carecast
 delivers unsurpassed response time and reliability to support fast-paced
 clinical environments. The system automates workflow throughout the healthcare
 enterprise and enables rapid access to patient records across the care
 continuum, from admission to discharge, including inpatient and ambulatory
 care. The result is a comprehensive lifetime patient record that enhances the
 quality of care and promotes operational efficiencies.
     Developed by and for providers -- in collaboration with leading hospitals,
 clinicians and healthcare executives -- Carecast builds on 25 years of
 innovation with the IDX(R) LastWord(R) enterprise system. Customers include
 leading healthcare organizations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. IDX also
 provides its enterprise clinical software as a subcontractor to BT and Fujitsu
 Services, Local Service Providers for the United Kingdom National Health
 Service's National Programme for Information Technology, an initiative to
 establish electronic patient records for 50 million patients.
     About IDX
     Founded in 1969, IDX Systems Corporation provides information technology
 solutions to maximize value in the delivery of healthcare, improve the quality
 of patient service, enhance medical outcomes, and reduce the costs of care.
 IDX supports these objectives with a broad range of complementary and
 functionally rich products installed at 3,300 customer sites. Customers
 include 138,000 physicians who utilize practice management systems to improve
 patient care and other workflow processes. IDX software solutions are
 installed at:
     * 380 integrated delivery networks (IDNs) representing more than 500
     * 175 large group practices with more than 200 physicians
     * 665 mid-size group practices with less than 200 physicians
     IDX also provides its enterprise clinical software as a subcontractor to
 BT and Fujitsu Services, Local Service Providers for the United Kingdom
 National Health Service's National Programme for Information Technology, an
 initiative to establish electronic patient records for 50 million patients.
     The IDX web strategy includes browser technology, e-commerce and web-based
 tools -- built using Internet architecture -- that facilitates access for
 patients, physicians and care providers to vital health information and data
 managed by the IDX clinical, administrative, financial, and managed care
 products. IDX has approximately 2,100 full-time employees.
     IDX, Carecast and LastWord are registered trademarks or trademarks of IDX
 Investment Corporation.
     This press release contains forward-looking statements about IDX Systems
 Corporation that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the
 important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from
 those indicated by such forward-looking statements are uncertainties or
 difficulties in developing new services, including Carecast, possible failure
 of IDX to realize the benefits of developing clinical guidelines, difficulties
 in implementing systems, possible deferral, delay or cancellation by customers
 of computer system or service purchase decisions, possible delay of system
 installations and service implementations, development by competitors of new
 or superior technologies, changing economic, political and regulatory
 influences on the healthcare and e-Commerce industries, possible disruptions
 in the national economy caused by terrorist activities and foreign conflicts,
 changes in product pricing policies, governmental regulation of IDX's software
 and operations, the possibility of product-related liabilities, and factors
 detailed from time to time in IDX's periodic reports and registration
 statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which important
 factors are incorporated herein by reference. IDX undertakes no obligation to
 update forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the
 occurrence of unanticipated events, or changes in future operating results,
 financial condition or business over time.
     For more information, contact:
      Jamie Gier
      Senior Director of Marketing, IDX Carecast
      Catherine Sweeney
      Media Relations, IDX Carecast
      Kerting L. Baldwin Director of Media Relations
      Memorial Healthcare System
      (954) 985-3455

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