Healthcare Industry Starts Building and Deploying Solutions Based on New Microsoft Office System Platform

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 21, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that leading healthcare industry software vendors, solution providers and organizations have developed a wide range of solutions that take advantage of the 2003 release of the Microsoft® Office System as a platform to increase productivity and improve quality of care. These solutions automate paper-based processes, streamline workflow and enable workers throughout the healthcare industry to focus on what they do best: healthcare.

“The healthcare industry in the United States used over 25 billion pieces of paper in 2002. With the evolution of Microsoft Office to a comprehensive and integrated system of programs, servers and services, the healthcare industry is embracing this system as an ideal platform to transform information into business impact,”
said Ahmad Hashem, M.D., Ph.D., global healthcare productivity manager at Microsoft.
“Hundreds of millions of people worldwide use Microsoft Office products, and the healthcare industry can build on this user base to automate paper-based processes and achieve healthcare without boundaries.”

The Microsoft Office System, coupled with a wide range of software and services from leading vendors and solution providers, can help organizations of all sizes innovate quickly and respond to changing market dynamics in the healthcare industry. These solutions enable healthcare organizations to connect people and information through enhanced tools for collaboration, business and clinical information management, and increased productivity at the personal, team and organizational levels.

Healthcare Vendors and Solutions That Take Advantage of the Microsoft Office System

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions is a leading provider of point-of-care decision support solutions for physicians. The Allscripts TouchWorks suite of software products enhances physician productivity using wireless handheld devices or workstations to automate many common physician activities. The TouchWorks Dictate and Transcribe modules will take advantage of the 2003 release of Microsoft Office products to increase practice productivity. These modules provide physicians with a convenient way to capture dictations and then transcribe and route the information using Microsoft Office Word 2003. Physicians can import completed medical documents directly into the TouchWorks electronic medical record. TouchWorks Transcribe also uses Microsoft Office Excel 2003 to track and report on transcription productivity. More information can be found at http://www.allscripts.com/ .

DataLabs

DataLabs Inc. is an innovative developer of Internet-based applications for clinical trial automation. DataLabs’ flagship product suite, DataLabsXC, enables customers to quickly and easily design studies, capture clinical data, automate workflow and integrate legacy systems. DataLabsXC utilizes Microsoft Office Visio® 2003 to help users build clinical studies in a matter of hours instead of weeks. An upcoming release of DataLabsXC will utilize Microsoft Office InfoPath™
2003 to create intelligent forms that facilitate accurate data collection related to clinical studies. InfoPath 2003 will enable DataLabsXC users to electronically collect data without an Internet connection, which will replace the current paper-based process that is used by many clinical sites. More information can be found at http://www.datalabs.com/ .

Elsevier

Elsevier is a leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. In an ongoing effort to better serve the medical, pharmaceutical, educational and government communities, Elsevier will make two of its most popular electronic reference tools compatible with the 2003 editions of Microsoft Office: Dorland’s Medical Dictionary, a comprehensive reference guide for medical terms; and Mosby’s Drug Consult, a vast online database that offers current, unbiased and reliable drug information. By right-clicking on terms within the 2003 releases of Microsoft Office PowerPoint® , Word, Microsoft Office Outlook® and Excel, healthcare practitioners will have seamless access to medical terms and drug information at the point of care or virtually anywhere. More information can be found at http://www.us.elsevierhealth.com/ .

Gold Standard Multimedia

Gold Standard Multimedia Inc. (GSM) is a leading developer of clinical drug information and medical education software. GSM’s interactive drug information solution, Clinical Pharmacology, empowers healthcare professionals or consumers to incorporate the research and retrieval of drug information into their workflow. Clinical Pharmacology enables users of the 2003 editions of Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Microsoft Office Publisher, Microsoft Office OneNote™
and Visio applications to quickly and easily access current, clinically relevant data on all U.S. prescription drugs, including off-label uses and dosage, as well as herbal supplements, nutritional and over-the-counter products, and new and investigational drugs. By typing the name of the drug into a Microsoft Office document, users can access drug descriptions, product photos, indications and dosage, administration guidelines, contraindications and precautions, drug interactions, adverse reactions, patient education information in English and Spanish, cost information and chemical structures. More information can be found at http://www.gsm.com/products_cpoffice.htm .

Motion Computing

Motion Computing Inc., a Tablet PC market leader, combines world-class innovation with industry experience, enabling people to use computers in new ways and places. Marketed directly through its Web site and an experienced international reseller network, each Motion product is built to customer specifications. The company’s M1200 and M1300 Tablet PCs and accessories are designed for users who need a combination of true mobility, power and versatility. Motion is planning to offer Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003 as a factory-installed option and will release a healthcare offering in conjunction with the new software. More information can be found at http://www.motioncomputing.com/ .

NextGen Healthcare

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems Inc. is a leading provider of practice management (NextGen EPM) and electronic medical records (NextGen EMR) software. Ideal for a solo practitioner or the multiprovider enterprise, NextGen Healthcare’s award-winning solutions are proven to increase operational efficiencies, improve the quality of patient care and cut costs all while delivering a healthy return on investment. NextGen EPM and NextGen EMR are built on state-of-the-art Microsoft Windows® technology and take advantage of Microsoft Office Word 2003, Excel 2003 and Microsoft Office Access 2003 to connect providers, physicians and patients to real-time information throughout the full continuum of patient care. More information can be found at http://www.nextgen.com/ .

Ovid Technologies

Ovid Technologies Inc. is an internationally recognized medical information services company that delivers a universe of information to the fingertips of clinicians and healthcare professionals who need fast, accurate answers throughout their workday. Ovid has developed a solution that allows users of the 2003 editions of Microsoft Office to access, with the click of a mouse, more than 900 peer-reviewed medical and health sciences journals in 100 medical specialties. Clinicians or researchers working within Microsoft Office applications can right-click on a specific medical term within a document or click on the Research Pane button within the application to launch Ovid’s rich journal database, Journals@Ovid, to conduct a subject search and retrieve relevant information. From the search, clinicians can select an article and view the entire full text if their institutions are Ovid subscribers, or they can access articles through Ovid’s PayPerView feature to retrieve relevant information. More information can be found at http://www.ovid.com/microsoft/ .

Proscape Technologies

Proscape Technologies, a Microsoft Certified Partner, provides marketing and sales solutions that help pharmaceutical sales representatives deliver segmented content and win more time with physicians. Proscape’s Tablet PC software, with support for the 2003 editions of Microsoft Office applications, provides a common platform for marketing and sales to exchange and communicate information. Proscape’s technology enables sales forces to easily create multimedia sales presentations that utilize PowerPoint 2003 to target to specific sales channels. The company’s back-end tracking and monitoring capabilities, which work with Excel 2003 and Windows SharePoint™
Services, offer sales and marketing managers nearly instantaneous feedback on sales force effectiveness and productivity, helping companies win market share as well as drive and direct buying decisions. More information can be found at http://www.proscape.com/ .

Quilogy

Quilogy, a member of the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Program and the Regional Managed Systems Integrators Program, provides business and technical solutions through vertical industry practices. Quilogy has a large and varied national practice in healthcare solutions using Microsoft technologies. Quilogy develops and implements solutions for hospital, rehabilitation, outpatient and pharmaceutical companies as well as public-sector health agencies. Quilogy’s Information Worker National Practice focuses on healthcare information worker productivity to achieve competitive advantage. Quilogy solutions for healthcare are a combination of packaged and customized solutions that integrate with a client’s existing environment and platforms. Quilogy offers special healthcare technology expertise in portals and collaboration, physician order entry, emergency room, Tablet PC and mobile applications for physicians built on the newest generation of Microsoft technology, including Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003, InfoPath 2003, Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003 and BizTalk® Server. More information can be found at http://www.quilogy.com/ .

ScanSoft

ScanSoft Inc. is a leading supplier of imaging, speech and language applications and technologies that increase productivity, reduce costs and improve customer service. The ScanSoft EMR Assistant integrates ScanSoft PaperPort and Dragon NaturallySpeaking with the 2003 editions of Microsoft Office and SharePoint Portal Server to deliver network scanning and speech-recognition capabilities to healthcare organizations of all sizes. The ScanSoft EMR Assistant also includes 25 premade healthcare templates using Word 2003, which can be filled via the keyboard or by using speech. The solution supports using Microsoft SharePoint as a centralized medical records repository and can be linked to existing commercial or in-house EMR systems. More information can be found at http://www.scansoft.com/ .

Standard Register

Standard Register offers innovative document technology solutions and document consulting services to help the flow of information. Standard Register is developing intelligent electronic forms applications using Word 2003, InfoPath 2003 and other Microsoft applications. These robust applications help clinicians automate paper-based data-capture methods and enable information to be captured naturally with handwriting using a mobile Tablet PC and digital ink. This handwritten information can be translated and shared with disparate systems, allowing patient data to be accessed quickly and securely. More information can be found at http://www.standardregister.com/ .

Thomson

MICROMEDEX, a division of the Thomson Corporation, provides trusted electronic drug information to the healthcare industry through the CareNotes Patient Education System. Physicians, nurses and clinical professionals use CareNotes documents in their offices and provide them directly to patients as an easy way to educate them about injuries, illnesses or treatments. Using Word 2003, clinicians can use the MICROMEDEX SaveNotes feature to customize CareNotes documents. More information can be found at http://www.thomson.com/ .

About the Microsoft Office System

The Microsoft Office System is an easy way to help more people use information to positively impact their business. Through a system of familiar and easy-to-use programs, servers and services, users can connect people and organizations to information, business processes and each other helping ensure that they derive the most value out of information. The Microsoft Office System consists of the 2003 editions of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003, Microsoft Office Project and Project Server 2003, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2003, Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2003, Microsoft Office FrontPage® 2003, Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003, Microsoft Office OneNote 2003, Microsoft Office Publisher 2003 and Microsoft Office Visio 2003. Enabling technologies, such as Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft Windows Server 2003, enhance the features and functionality of products in the Microsoft Office System.

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