Microsoft and Strategic Ally Eclipsys Gain Momentum in Healthcare IT

REDMOND, Wash., and BOCA RATON, Fla. July 8, 2003 Microsoft Corp. and Eclipsys Corporation today announced that more of the nation’s foremost healthcare organizations are deploying Eclipsys healthcare information solutions based on the Microsoft® .NET Framework. Leading healthcare providers are looking for information technology (IT) to address patient safety, quality of care and workflow issues, while providing them with a lower total cost of ownership in terms of maintenance and ability to integrate with legacy applications.

“Our decision to partner with Eclipsys was the result of several key factors,”
said Charles B. Miner, president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic Health System-Eastern Region.
“On a site visit during the selection process, we saw Eclipsys’ advanced clinical solution being actively used by physicians and nurses, confirming that the product returned demonstrable improvements. Eclipsys’ commitment to long-term success, including its strategic alignment with Microsoft and the .NET Framework, also indicated to us that we were choosing the best clinical information system available now with the foundation to maintain that lead in the future.”

Healthcare organizations’ decisions to implement Eclipsys’ advanced information solutions based on Microsoft technology underscores the importance of integrating care delivery across a variety of venues, including private physicians’ offices, clinics, and emergency department and inpatient units. Because Eclipsys’ advanced information solutions automate the information exchange between the ambulatory and acute care settings, physicians, nurses and clinicians have immediate access to medical content and patient medical records to aid them in decision-making.

“We believe the advanced functionality of Eclipsys’ information solutions, based on the Microsoft .NET Framework, combines with the fact that Eclipsys’ SunriseXA has a lower cost of ownership to provide exceptional opportunities for healthcare enterprises,”
said David Lubinski, general manager of the Healthcare Industry Solutions Group at Microsoft.
“Thought-leading customers are providing strong validation that the Microsoft .NET Framework and the powerful domain expertise of Eclipsys are creating a new value proposition for the healthcare industry.”

Most Widely Used Clinical System

Frost & Sullivan, a leading market consulting firm, recently ranked Eclipsys as having the largest market share of full-computerized physician order entry (CPOE) solutions in the U.S. urban hospital market. The study evaluated CPOE solutions from various vendors in use at urban hospitals nationwide. The study stated that Eclipsys has probably been the fastest CPOE provider
“out of the gate.”
Frost & Sullivan predicts a major increase in CPOE utilization by 2005, as healthcare organizations increasingly look to CPOE solutions to address patient safety and cost-saving opportunities.

“Through our relationship with Microsoft, we are capitalizing on the market’s keen interest in healthcare information solutions,”
said Paul L. Ruflin, president and CEO of Eclipsys.
“Based on the number of sites going live in 2003, combined with the growing market acceptance of Eclipsys’ advanced clinical solutions, we expect to maintain and expand our lead in the marketplace going forward.”

Indicative of this growing momentum in the marketplace, a number of other prestigious healthcare organizations also are deploying Eclipsys’ advanced information solutions to improve care delivery and operational efficiency. They include these:

  • Cleveland Clinic Health System Eastern Region, Cleveland. The five-hospital region, which has received individual hospital, national ranking in the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals for each of the last seven years, is deploying Eclipsys’ SunriseXA advanced clinical solution.

  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York. Part of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and one of the most prestigious university hospitals in the world, the medical center is deploying Eclipsys’ SunriseXA advanced clinical solution, workflows and related components. NewYork-Presbyterian comprises two renowned medical centers, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, and is affiliated with two Ivy League medical institutions, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Medical College of Cornell University. It is ranked as a U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll hospital.

  • NYU Medical Center and the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute, New York. NYU Medical Center, one of the world’s premier academic medical institutions for 155 years, and the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute, ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best hospitals for orthopaedics and rheumatology, are implementing Eclipsys’ SunriseXA advanced clinical solution.

  • The Johns Hopkins Health System and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore. The two organizations combine to form one of the world’s premier centers for scholarship, research and patient care. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Johns Hopkins Hospital first on its list of Honor Roll hospitals for the past 12 years. Both are implementing Eclipsys’ SunriseXA advanced clinical solution.

  • Lenox Hill Hospital, New York. The 652-bed acute-care teaching hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan is deploying the SunriseXA advanced clinical solution with remote hosting from Eclipsys’ Technology Solutions Center.

  • Orlando Regional Healthcare, Orlando Fla. A 1,576-bed private, not-for-profit healthcare system composed of seven hospitals in central Florida, Orlando Regional Healthcare is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best healthcare providers. The healthcare system is deploying Eclipsys’ SunriseXA advanced clinical solution, workflows and related components.

  • Surgical Alliance, Nashville, Tenn. The Alliance has selected Eclipsys’ SunriseXA advanced clinical and financial solutions, workflows and related components for the specialty surgical hospitals it is developing. The first of these is the New Albany Specialty Hospital near Columbus, OH; others are planned across the United States. Eclipsys will host the solutions remotely from its Technology Solutions Center.

  • El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, Calif. The hospital was the first in the world to help develop and implement a comprehensive clinical information system more than 30 years ago. The healthcare information technology pioneer has dramatically expanded its longtime relationship with Eclipsys by outsourcing its entire IT operation to Eclipsys. It is also implementing Eclipsys’ SunriseXA advanced clinical and financial solutions.

Global Momentum

In a further indication of this growing momentum, Eclipsys has entered into a strategic relationship with iSOFT Group plc, the United Kingdom’s leading applications software vendor to the healthcare systems market. Through the exclusive arrangement, Eclipsys and iSOFT will cooperatively develop advanced healthcare applications for global distribution.

The two companies have been independently developing on the Microsoft .NET architecture for more than two years, which has created the foundation for this strategic relationship. iSOFT and Eclipsys will collaborate to develop interoperable Web-based software components on a unified systems architecture based on Microsoft .NET. The companies expect that this will accelerate the development of SunriseXA, Eclipsys’ enterprisewide healthcare information solutions based on Eclipsys’ support of native Web services and other open industry standards.

Initial marketing of the solutions developed under the strategic relationship will be directed toward the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Ireland, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, all nations where the companies have a strong market presence. Additional markets in Asia also have been identified as potential early targets for both companies’ products.

Creating Healthcare Without Boundaries

Microsoft is working with a variety of independent software vendors such as Eclipsys that are developing healthcare solutions based on the Microsoft .NET Framework. Healthcare Without Boundaries is an initiative founded on using Microsoft technology and open industry standards to help organizations create seamless information infrastructures so healthcare data can be securely shared across platforms and organizations.

About Eclipsys

Eclipsys (Nasdaq
) is a leading provider of advanced clinical, financial and management information software and service solutions to more than 1,500 healthcare facilities. Eclipsys empowers healthcare organizations to improve patient safety, revenue cycle management and operational efficiency through innovative information solutions. More information can be obtained by visiting or by sending e-mail to [email protected].

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software any time, any place and on any device.

Statements in this news release concerning future results, performance or expectations are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. All forward-looking statements included in this document are based upon information available to Eclipsys as of the date hereof and Eclipsys assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Because such statements involve risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks include potential financial constraints and other factors faced by the healthcare industry, changing customer requirements and other risks described in the filings of Eclipsys with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its quarterly report on Form 10Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2003.

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