Microsoft Rewards Innovative Uses of the New Microsoft Office System In the Healthcare Industry

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 22, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. has honored five leading healthcare organizations for their innovative uses of the 2003 release of Microsoft®

These organizations, recognized as winners of the Microsoft Office Innovation in Healthcare Contest, demonstrate how the healthcare industry can take advantage of the Microsoft Office System platform to increase productivity and improve the quality of care. Entrants were judged by a panel of Microsoft representatives based on the number of Microsoft Office System features they were using, their productivity gains, and how applicable the featured uses would be to other healthcare settings.

“We are delighted to name Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center of Seattle, Merck & Co. Inc. and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital as winners of the Microsoft Office Innovation in Healthcare Contest,” said Ahmad Hashem, M.D., Ph.D., global healthcare productivity manager at Microsoft. “In addition, we have awarded honorable mentions to Drexel University of Philadelphia and St. Mary’s Medical Center of San Francisco. Each organization exemplifies how the healthcare industry is deploying the new Microsoft Office System to enable productivity, collaboration and innovation.”

Children’s Hospital Enables Collaboration With SharePoint Portal Server 2003

Since 1907, families in the Pacific Northwest have relied on Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center to provide the best specialty pediatric care to every child who needs it. To tap into the organization’s vast knowledge base and equip employees with tools to effectively store and share information, Children’s Hospital worked with Quilogy Inc., a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, to implement a solution based on Microsoft Office SharePoint (TM) Portal Server 2003. The solution will replace the hospital’s intranet site with an organizationwide collaboration platform that will enable departments and individuals to customize areas of the portal to store and share critical information. Clinical staff will enjoy the benefit of accessing the portal from any networked computer within the hospital or at bedside with Tablet PCs.

“We are transforming patient care by bringing together three critical technologies: a secure wireless infrastructure, wireless clinical workstations in the form of Tablet PCs and computers on wheels, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003,” said Thomas McGee, infrastructure program manager at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center. “Implementing the SharePoint portal has enabled our doctors, nurses, clinicians and employees to collaborate more efficiently, improve communications, and speed access to targeted information, all in an easy-to-use and quick-to-learn Web-based Microsoft Office integrated environment.”

Merck & Co. Uses InfoPath 2003 for Electronic Data Collection in Conjunction With Clinical Trial Solution from DataLabs

“The capabilities that InfoPath (TM) brings to our organization are revolutionary. This application provides us with the ability to push tasks that are business-driven into the hands of the process owners rather than the technologists, breaking the traditional time-consuming cycle of application development and approval,” said Jim Karkanias, executive director of CDP Operations in the U.S. Human Health Division of Merck & Co. Inc. “In particular, the use of InfoPath as an electronic data collection tool within the DataLabs software provides a unique opportunity to empower knowledge workers to affect business transactions beyond their normal desktop applications.”

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Deploys InfoPath 2003 Solution on Tablet PCs To Increase Emergency Department Efficiency

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is one of the most comprehensive university hospitals in the world, with leading specialists in every field of medicine. To increase the efficiency of data entry and to help ensure the privacy and security of patient information, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital worked with Standard Register to develop an Emergency Department Triage Assessment Documentation Record using the Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 information-gathering program. The solution electronically captures patient information from nurses, physicians and staff during the emergency room admission and triage process. The records can be generated and updated using a Tablet PC, so the solution fits naturally into the flow of patient care.

“Partnering with Standard Register to utilize Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 will provide a higher level of care for our patients at NewYork-Presbyterian,” said Brenda Sauer, R.N., M.A., director of admitting at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. “This new technology will also provide our nursing staff with a more efficient way to manage patient care.”

Drexel University Uses Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 to Document Patient Information And Capture Charges on Tablet PCs

Since its merger with MCP Hahnemann University, Drexel University has been at the forefront of integrating technology into the healthcare arena. Leading this effort is Drexel’s Institute for Healthcare Informatics, where the Microsoft Office-based YourOnCall solution is being tested for use by primary-care clinicians in a variety of ambulatory settings. YourOnCall enables physicians, nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals to securely document high-level patient information and capture charges with Tablet PC devices that utilize the Microsoft Office OneNote (TM) 2003 note-taking program and Microsoft SQL Server (TM) . Clinicians can wirelessly access this information using Pocket PCs and smart phones when they are on call.

St. Mary’s Medical Center Implements “Smart Document” Solution Based on Word 2003 And Access 2003 to Provide Clinical Decision Support and Patient Education

St. Mary’s Medical Center is a leading community teaching hospital in San Francisco. To improve the efficiency and quality of care provided by residents, an internal medicine resident established Arete Clinical Systems to develop a suite of clinical tools for St. Mary’s using Microsoft Office Word 2003 and Microsoft Office Access 2003. This solution provides admission orders and inpatient charting with extensive clinical decision support for physicians, nutritionists and therapists. Available at workstations throughout the hospital, the applications use Word 2003 for the interface and Access 2003 to supply a wide range of clinical reference data to aid decision-making.

About the Microsoft Office Innovation in Healthcare Contest

The Microsoft Office Innovation in Healthcare Contest recognizes innovative uses of the Microsoft Office System to enable productivity, collaboration and innovation in the healthcare industry. The contest is part of Microsoft’s commitment to creating Healthcare Without Boundaries — an initiative based on using Microsoft technology and open industry standards to help healthcare organizations create seamless information infrastructures and share data across platforms and organizations.

About the Microsoft Office System in Healthcare

The Microsoft Office System and a wide range of solutions from leading healthcare industry software vendors and solution providers can help organizations of all sizes innovate quickly and respond to changing market dynamics. These solutions increase productivity, automate paper-based processes, streamline workflow and enable workers throughout the healthcare industry to focus on what they do best: healthcare.

Through a system of familiar and easy-to-use programs, servers, services and solutions, users of the Microsoft Office System 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, Microsoft Office FrontPage® 2003, Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003, Microsoft Office OneNote 2003, Microsoft Office Publisher 2003, Microsoft Office Visio® 2003 and the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerators. Enabling technologies, such as Microsoft Windows®
SharePoint Services and Microsoft Windows Server (TM) 2003, enhance the features and functionality of products in the Microsoft Office System.

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