Model for Cross Continuum Electronic Health Record, RHIOs on Display at HIMSS IDX Digital Healthcare Community Spotlights the Next-Generation EMR Connecting

Providers and Spanning Care Settings, Geographic Locations



    BURLINGTON, Vt. and DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IDX
 Systems Corporation (Nasdaq:   IDXC) will feature the IDX Digital Healthcare
 Community -- a simulated healthcare network that illustrates how next-
 generation electronic health records (EMRs) link clinicians and bridge the
 continuum of care -- at the 2005 Annual Healthcare Information and Management
 Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference and Exhibition in Dallas, February 13 to
 17. IDX will be joined at the conference by physicians and IT executives from
 healthcare organizations that are leveraging IDX clinical systems to pioneer
 regional healthcare collaboratives, build multi-state EMRs and realize
 significant advances in patient safety and financial ROI.
     The walk-through, interactive IDX Digital Healthcare Community (Booth
 #253) shows a seamless, cross continuum patient record spanning ambulatory and
 inpatient settings and connecting providers in disparate geographic locations.
 Cross-continuum exchange of patient information will be crucial to the
 development of regional health information organizations (RHIOs), building
 blocks of the national health information network (NHIN) proposed by the
 Office of the Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONCHIT). National
 Coordinator David Brailer, M.D., is expected to feature his office's
 priorities for regional and national networks in his HIMSS keynote address on
 Thursday, Feb. 17.
     "We are looking forward to Dr. Brailer's comments on RHIOs, and to hearing
 the wide range of feedback he has received from industry stakeholders," said
 Mike Raymer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, IDX(R) Carecast(TM).
 "It's clear that the foundation of tomorrow's NHIN is being built today. The
 regional technology initiatives and multi-state EMRs developing throughout the
 country, plus models such as the IDX Digital Healthcare Community, offer proof
 of concept today of how cross-continuum patient records can improve quality of
 care, increase clinician productivity and reduce costs."
 
     The IDX Digital Healthcare Community Shows EMR Benefits Across the
     Continuum of Care
     The IDX Digital Healthcare Community's invitation-only tour follows a
 patient through the entire care cycle, including the patient's home,
 ambulatory, ED and inpatient care -- all supported by the Carecast enterprise
 clinical system.
     With its combination of scalability, reliability and a guarantee of 99.9
 percent uptime, Carecast is uniquely positioned to meet the demands of the
 21st century healthcare organization. Carecast runs on the HP NonStop(TM)
 platform, known for its extraordinarily reliable, continuously available, and
 linearly scalable servers.
 
     In the Digital Healthcare Community, IDX clinicians demonstrate how
 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other caregivers in different locations
 and specialties support high-quality, continuous care delivery through:
 
      * Accessing comprehensive, up-to-date patient information via the
        lifetime electronic health record;
      * Using computerized physician order entry (CPOE) to avoid the risks
        inherent in illegible handwriting;
      * Documenting care electronically in environments ranging from the
        physician office to the ICU, while benefiting from online decision
        support and access to industry best practices;
      * Better interdisciplinary collaboration through integrated workflow
        tools;
      * Proactively managing the health of patients through health maintenance
        alerts and the IDX(R) Patient Online(R) web-based portal;
      * Viewing enterprise-wide, full-fidelity diagnostic images, including
        MRIs, CTs and cardiology images;
      * Using wireless medication barcoding to increase safety and the quality
        of patient care;
      * Providing the patient with an interoperable portable health record that
        is compliant with the emerging Continuity of Care Record (CCR) industry
        standard.
 
     The Digital Healthcare Community also demonstrates how Carecast supports a
 clinically automated revenue cycle, with patient care events automatically
 creating charges, ultimately supporting more efficient billing processes and a
 faster revenue cycle.
 
     IDX Participates in Interoperability Showcases
     The Interoperability Showcases will be a major collaborative event of the
 2005 HIMSS conference. The interoperability showcases demonstrate electronic
 exchange of patient information between disparate information technology
 vendors. IDX will participate in both the Cross Enterprise Showcase and the
 Ambulatory Care Showcase.
     Ambulatory IT, the fastest growing component of the healthcare IT market,
 will be featured at the Ambulatory Care Showcase with a freestanding
 diagnostic center, a large clinic, a small practice and the patient's home.
 The IDX demonstration within the showcase will focus on Carecast's ability to
 support the emerging CCR standards.
     The CCR is being developed and enhanced by a coalition of industry
 organizations in response to the need to organize and make transportable a set
 of basic information consisting of the most relevant and timely facts about a
 patient's condition. The ultimate goal of the CCR is to ensure that healthcare
 providers do not have to search for or guess about a patient's vital
 healthcare information.
     Industry organizations collaborating on the CCR standards include
 including ASTM International, the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), HIMSS
 and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
     Visitors to the showcase will see how Carecast supports CCR standards and
 interoperable communication between different IT systems. The demonstration
 will show how Carecast generates a portable health record mini-CD in CCR
 format (as determined by current standards) with crucial information such as
 allergies, medication history, vital signs and diagnoses.
     In addition, the demonstration will show how Carecast assists physicians
 in producing electronic clinical notes for patient office visits, including
 documenting all key clinical details of the visit, submitting medical orders
 to the inpatient setting and creating charge information.
     At the Cross-Enterprise Showcase, IDX will also demonstrate how the IDX(R)
 Imagecast(TM) system is advancing the delivery of specialty care by enabling
 the distribution of images and information across the healthcare enterprise.
 
     Healthcare Executives Speak to RHIOs, Return on Investment and CPOE
     Physician and IT executives from The Nebraska Medical Center, OSF
 Healthcare System and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will join
 IDX at HIMSS to discuss their respective projects to establish RHIOs and to
 improve patient safety and reduce costs through an integrated EMR and the use
 of CPOE.
      * Jim Veline, CIO, The Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, Neb.) -- Nebraska
        Telehealth Network:
        Working with the state governor's office, a coalition of healthcare
        organizations in Nebraska is developing a private network and broadband
        capabilities to share vital electronic patient information, as well as
        expanding telehealth (distance learning) capabilities. The network
        would support efforts to combat a potential bioterrorism situation or
        other public health crisis, and also will be valuable to improving
        overall quality of care across the state. Six of Nebraska's major
        hospitals are serving as hubs for the network, with smaller clinics
        benefiting from the reasonable cost structure. In addition to being a
        leader in this project, The Nebraska Medical Center is distinguished by
        its innovative use of Carecast electronic health records to span
        inpatient care and 22 physician clinics, and its pioneering use of
        portable health records.
 
      * Mike Nauman, CIO, OSF Healthcare System (Peoria, Ill.) -- Multi-State
        EMR:
        OSF Healthcare System (OSF) is live on Carecast at its six hospitals in
        two states, and has deployed electronic health records across an
        organization that serves a population of 1.5 million and employs more
        than 10,000 people throughout Illinois and Michigan. The organization
        has been completely live on Carecast since October 2004.
 
        OSF clinicians value the immediate, secure access to an organization-
        wide, multi-state electronic medical record. OSF is also using
        Carecast's rules and alerts capabilities to benefit patient safety in
        its pharmacy areas across multiple facilities. Carecast provides OSF
        with subsecond response time while performing thousands of simultaneous
        transactions.
 
      * Paul LoRusso, CIO, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
        (Winston-Salem, N.C.) -- Electronic Patient Record:
        Wake Forest's integrated clinical system allows physicians, nurses and
        other clinicians to view and enter information into a single database,
        ensuring they all have access to the same up-to-date, accurate patient
        data.
 
        The organization calculates that the system has enabled it to:
        * Prevent more than 65,700 duplicate or conflicting tests per year;
        * Realize $2.7 million annual cost savings from increased productivity
          and efficiencies
        * Reduce medical records costs by $322,445 annually;
        * Reduce outcomes management administrative costs by $149,000 per year.
 
     In 2002, North Carolina Baptist Hospital, part of Wake Forest, began its
 project to implement CPOE as part of its IDX integrated clinical system.
 Today, 70 percent of NCBH's inpatient services are live on CPOE and the
 organization plans to complete its implementation in 2005. The organization
 recently documented a 60 percent reduction in preventable adverse drug events
 as a result of the technology. North Carolina Baptist's interdisciplinary
 approach to CPOE -- bringing together physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and IT
 staff -- is a compelling example of the power of integrated technology in
 clinical settings.
 
     Note: On Monday, Feb. 14 at 2:15 p.m., Paul LoRusso from Wake Forest
 University Baptist Medical Center will present in the HIMSS Patient Safety
 Pavilion on the reduced medication errors and greater cost savings his
 organization has seen following the implementation of an integrated EMR and
 adoption of CPOE.
 
     About IDX(R) Carecast (TM)
     Carecast is IDX's next generation of electronic clinical information
 solutions, delivering 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 pharmacy and ambulatory
 care. 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. 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 some of the nation's leading hospitals, clinicians and
 healthcare executives -- Carecast builds on 25 years of innovation with the
 IDX(R) LastWord(R) enterprise clinical system.
 
     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
        hospitals
      * 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, 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, changing regulatory and industry
 standards, 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
      206.607.5472
      jamie_gier@idx.com
 
      Catherine Sweeney
      Media Relations - IDX Carecast
      206.607.5462
      catherine_sweeney@idx.com
 
 

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