Cerner and Cogent Healthcare Announce Partnership

Cogent to Leverage MillenniumObjects for Technology Infrastructure to Improve

Patient Care



Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Cerner Corp.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Cerner (Nasdaq:   CERN) and
 Cogent Healthcare, Inc. have entered into a technology and marketing
 partnership in which Cogent will be a HNA Millennium(R) Certified Solutions
 Provider using MillenniumObjects(TM).
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990421/CERNLOGO )
     Cogent Healthcare, Inc., a leading provider of inpatient management
 services to health plans and hospitals throughout the United States, works
 with respected physicians, often known as Hospitalists, who specialize in
 providing care for hospitalized patients.  Cogent provides the clinical,
 communication, and information technology support that these physicians need
 to demonstrably improve the quality and efficiency of hospital patient care.
 The relationship with Cerner allows Cogent to deliver even more timely and
 effective care to its clients by integrating its product offerings with
 Cerner's advanced HNA Millennium functionality and MillenniumObjects.  Through
 joint-marketing efforts, Cerner clients will also have unique access to
 Cogent's inpatient management services.
     "With MillenniumObjects, we are leveraging the $350 million investment in
 HNA Millennium to become the de facto standard for healthcare information
 technology," said Neal Patterson, Cerner chairman and chief executive officer.
 "MillenniumObjects increases our market penetration by allowing third parties
 to easily plug their specialized, front-end applications, workflow and content
 into the Millennium(TM) architecture.  Over the next decade, this business
 alignment allows Cogent to leverage Cerner's substantial, continuing
 investment in developing advanced software and content."
     "Cerner and its clients will also leverage Cogent's technology and patient
 care knowledge," said Patterson. "Third-party applications and services like
 Cogent's offer our clients a deep network of functionality that extends the
 Millennium platform and further positions Millennium as the industry standard.
 For instance, Cogent will use its own communications system and mobile
 technology applications to access patient data that is organized and compiled
 in Cerner's contemporary database.  Because of Cerner's uniquely open
 architecture, MillenniumObjects eliminates the need for costly, customized
 interfaces between third-party applications and our products."
     "We are very excited about this relationship because it will enable us to
 enhance the quality of care our patients already receive and take our IT
 support services to a higher level of efficiency," said Michael Brouthers,
 president and chief executive officer of Cogent.  "MillenniumObjects provides
 a dynamic infrastructure for our applications.  This ensures the highest
 standard of care for patients because our clinicians have vital patient
 information at their fingertips."
     MillenniumObjects is a previously announced, strategic Cerner initiative
 to license HNA Millennium software or content components to technology
 partners.  With MillenniumObjects, Cerner technology partners may seamlessly
 develop their own applications on top of a robust foundation of Millennium
 functionality.  In addition, Cerner creates many new footprints for its
 solutions in the health care marketplace by allowing other technology
 providers to use Millennium components.
     Parties interested in developing applications with Cerner
 MillenniumObjects should contact Rick Holbrook at 816-221-1024 or
 rholbrook@cerner.com.  For Cogent's inpatient management services, please
 contact Bill Behnke at 949.699.6038 or behnke.bill@cogenthealthcare.com .
 Cogent Healthcare, Inc. ( http://www.cogenthealthcare.com ) is a leader in
 inpatient care management, with contracts in more than 15 markets from coast
 to coast encompassing over 150 hospitals.  Cogent programs improve the well
 being of hospitalized patients while reducing their associated costs through
 the creation and management of inpatient-based physician networks. By
 delivering more efficient and timely care, the time the patient spends in the
 hospital may be reduced.  Cogent Healthcare, Inc. provides comprehensive
 programs in clinical care staffing, communication, and data management that
 support the hospitalist physician in the delivery of inpatient care.
     Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq:   CERN) ( http://www.cerner.com ) is the leading
 supplier of clinical and management information and knowledge systems to more
 than 1,500 health care organizations worldwide.  Cerner is working to
 transform the health care delivery system by increasing the quality of care,
 improving efficiencies, eliminating medical error and connecting the
 individual to the system with innovative information solutions.  The following
 are trademarks of Cerner: Cerner, Cerner's logo, HNA Millennium, Millennium
 and MillenniumObjects.
 
     This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve a number
 of risks and uncertainties.  It is important to note that the Company's
 performance, financial condition or business could differ materially from
 those expressed in such forward-looking statements.   The words "should,"
 "will be," "intended," "continue," "believe," "may," "expect," "hope,"
 "anticipate," "goal," "forecast" and similar expressions are intended to
 identify such forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause or
 contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: quarterly
 operating results may vary, stock price may be volatile, market risk of
 investments, changes in the health care industry, significant competition, the
 Company's proprietary technology may be subjected to infringement claims or
 may be infringed upon, regulation of the Company's software by the U.S. Food
 and Drug Administration or other government regulation, the possibility of
 product-related liabilities, possible system errors or failures or defects in
 the performance of the Company's software and the Company's anti-takeover
 defenses may discourage a future acquisition of the Company. Additional
 discussion of these and other factors affecting the Company's business is
 contained in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission.  The Company 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.
 
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SOURCE Cerner Corp.
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Cerner (Nasdaq:   CERN) and
 Cogent Healthcare, Inc. have entered into a technology and marketing
 partnership in which Cogent will be a HNA Millennium(R) Certified Solutions
 Provider using MillenniumObjects(TM).
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990421/CERNLOGO )
     Cogent Healthcare, Inc., a leading provider of inpatient management
 services to health plans and hospitals throughout the United States, works
 with respected physicians, often known as Hospitalists, who specialize in
 providing care for hospitalized patients.  Cogent provides the clinical,
 communication, and information technology support that these physicians need
 to demonstrably improve the quality and efficiency of hospital patient care.
 The relationship with Cerner allows Cogent to deliver even more timely and
 effective care to its clients by integrating its product offerings with
 Cerner's advanced HNA Millennium functionality and MillenniumObjects.  Through
 joint-marketing efforts, Cerner clients will also have unique access to
 Cogent's inpatient management services.
     "With MillenniumObjects, we are leveraging the $350 million investment in
 HNA Millennium to become the de facto standard for healthcare information
 technology," said Neal Patterson, Cerner chairman and chief executive officer.
 "MillenniumObjects increases our market penetration by allowing third parties
 to easily plug their specialized, front-end applications, workflow and content
 into the Millennium(TM) architecture.  Over the next decade, this business
 alignment allows Cogent to leverage Cerner's substantial, continuing
 investment in developing advanced software and content."
     "Cerner and its clients will also leverage Cogent's technology and patient
 care knowledge," said Patterson. "Third-party applications and services like
 Cogent's offer our clients a deep network of functionality that extends the
 Millennium platform and further positions Millennium as the industry standard.
 For instance, Cogent will use its own communications system and mobile
 technology applications to access patient data that is organized and compiled
 in Cerner's contemporary database.  Because of Cerner's uniquely open
 architecture, MillenniumObjects eliminates the need for costly, customized
 interfaces between third-party applications and our products."
     "We are very excited about this relationship because it will enable us to
 enhance the quality of care our patients already receive and take our IT
 support services to a higher level of efficiency," said Michael Brouthers,
 president and chief executive officer of Cogent.  "MillenniumObjects provides
 a dynamic infrastructure for our applications.  This ensures the highest
 standard of care for patients because our clinicians have vital patient
 information at their fingertips."
     MillenniumObjects is a previously announced, strategic Cerner initiative
 to license HNA Millennium software or content components to technology
 partners.  With MillenniumObjects, Cerner technology partners may seamlessly
 develop their own applications on top of a robust foundation of Millennium
 functionality.  In addition, Cerner creates many new footprints for its
 solutions in the health care marketplace by allowing other technology
 providers to use Millennium components.
     Parties interested in developing applications with Cerner
 MillenniumObjects should contact Rick Holbrook at 816-221-1024 or
 rholbrook@cerner.com.  For Cogent's inpatient management services, please
 contact Bill Behnke at 949.699.6038 or behnke.bill@cogenthealthcare.com .
 Cogent Healthcare, Inc. ( http://www.cogenthealthcare.com ) is a leader in
 inpatient care management, with contracts in more than 15 markets from coast
 to coast encompassing over 150 hospitals.  Cogent programs improve the well
 being of hospitalized patients while reducing their associated costs through
 the creation and management of inpatient-based physician networks. By
 delivering more efficient and timely care, the time the patient spends in the
 hospital may be reduced.  Cogent Healthcare, Inc. provides comprehensive
 programs in clinical care staffing, communication, and data management that
 support the hospitalist physician in the delivery of inpatient care.
     Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq:   CERN) ( http://www.cerner.com ) is the leading
 supplier of clinical and management information and knowledge systems to more
 than 1,500 health care organizations worldwide.  Cerner is working to
 transform the health care delivery system by increasing the quality of care,
 improving efficiencies, eliminating medical error and connecting the
 individual to the system with innovative information solutions.  The following
 are trademarks of Cerner: Cerner, Cerner's logo, HNA Millennium, Millennium
 and MillenniumObjects.
 
     This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve a number
 of risks and uncertainties.  It is important to note that the Company's
 performance, financial condition or business could differ materially from
 those expressed in such forward-looking statements.   The words "should,"
 "will be," "intended," "continue," "believe," "may," "expect," "hope,"
 "anticipate," "goal," "forecast" and similar expressions are intended to
 identify such forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause or
 contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: quarterly
 operating results may vary, stock price may be volatile, market risk of
 investments, changes in the health care industry, significant competition, the
 Company's proprietary technology may be subjected to infringement claims or
 may be infringed upon, regulation of the Company's software by the U.S. Food
 and Drug Administration or other government regulation, the possibility of
 product-related liabilities, possible system errors or failures or defects in
 the performance of the Company's software and the Company's anti-takeover
 defenses may discourage a future acquisition of the Company. Additional
 discussion of these and other factors affecting the Company's business is
 contained in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission.  The Company 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.
 
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