Novant Health Selects Microsoft Azyxxi to Improve Healthcare Delivery

REDMOND, Wash., and WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Aug. 30, 2007 — Novant Health has joined the growing list of leading health institutions that want to get the most out of existing IT investments by improving organizationwide access to clinical, administrative and financial data. Novant will implement Azyxxi®, the Microsoft® unified health enterprise platform, throughout the enterprise, initially focusing on intensive care units and emergency departments and then expanding throughout its eight acute care hospitals and an 800-physician medical group.

“Azyxxi will make comprehensive clinical data more accessible to physicians in a format that can be used to make higher-quality decisions,” said Stephen L. Wallenhaupt, M.D., a cardiovascular surgeon and chief medical officer of Novant Health. “Whenever we simplify how doctors access information about their patients, we believe that increases the potential for better medical care.”

With Azyxxi, physicians will have a single point of access to all data, including lab results and video, from across the entire organization in one location. Caregivers will also be notified of critical information and status changes through automatic real-time updates. Azyxxi reduces the amount of time spent filling out paperwork and can eliminate human errors caused by repeated transfer and re-recording of information.

“We are pleased to mark the one-year anniversary of Microsoft’s acquisition of Azyxxi by announcing that Novant Health is joining the ranks of other Azyxxi early adopters such as Johns Hopkins Health System, MedStar Health, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange,” said Peter Neupert, corporate vice president of the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft. “We look forward to working with Novant to improve their organizationwide access to clinical and patient data, and ultimately enhancing patient care.”

About Novant Health

Novant Health, ranked as one of our nation’s top 10 most integrated healthcare systems, is a not-for-profit organization providing care for 3.4 million residents in North and South Carolina. With eight hospitals, two nursing homes, an 800 physician medical group, outpatient surgery centers, rehabilitation and community health outreach programs, Novant provides excellence in healthcare.

About Microsoft

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