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IBM and Misys Healthcare Systems Deliver Prescription for Streamlined Electronic Patient Data Management

Express Solution for Healthcare Providers Helps Clinicians Focus on Patient Care

ARMONK, NY & RALEIGH, NC - 29 Aug 2006: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Misys Healthcare Systems today announced a new solution for small and medium-sized physicians' offices and clinics that will enable real-time access to crucial patient data.

The IBM and Misys Express Solution for Healthcare Providers increases clinical decision support through the automation of many routine medical records management tasks, allowing physicians' practices to focus on patient care. The solution complements the current operations of small and medium-sized physicians' offices and enables a familiar workflow and processes that decrease staff training time; delivers a faster return on investment for the practice and help improve the quality of patient care.

The IBM and Misys Express Solution for Healthcare Providers helps practices:

 Today's announcement extends both companies' commitment to addressing the needs of small and medium-sized physicians in the healthcare space. The IBM and Misys Express Solution for Healthcare Providers represents efforts by IBM to address top-of-mind healthcare challenges, delivering solutions and innovations that increase the effectiveness of patient care and enable physicians to focus on providing world-class medical care to their patients.

"Collaborative solutions like this one from IBM and Misys, allow us to bring solutions to market with our business partners that are Built on Express and thus tailored for mid-market clients," said Elaine Case, Director, Offerings Portfolio and Influencer Initiatives. "Built on Express solutions combine the skills, applications, and services capabilities and offerings from our thousands of business partners with specifically designed IBM Express offerings for the mid-market. Together, we ensure our customers receive a variety of solutions designed for their businesses."

Pediatric Associates of North Texas is just one practice that traditionally handled patient records manually, the way doctors have for years. Previously, patients' paper charts were handled hand-to-hand -- doctor to nurse to administrator -- and back again as follow-up required. This type of system requires a significant amount of administrative time and expense to simply move or locate a chart before actual care can begin. In addition, this type of traditional records management system may result in overlooked data and delays or may hinder a doctor's ability to view comprehensive patient history in real-time during a visit.

"Providing patients with quality care is our number one goal," said Dr. Carolyn Ashworth of Pediatric Associates. "The IBM and Misys Express Solution for Healthcare Providers saves us valuable time, and significantly reduces costs, so our focus is on the patient, not on administrative processes."

This solution gives small and medium-sized physicians' offices and clinics the ability to function as a "paperlite" office by implementing a suite of applications from Misys Healthcare Systems, including Misys Vision, Misys Tiger®, Misys EMR®, as well as Internet-based financial management software applications and related services from Payerpath, a Misys company. These applications are combined with IBM System p5™ Express servers, storage and middleware including the IBM System p5 Express servers with the IBM AIX 5L™ operating system, IBM system x236 server with the Microsoft® Windows® operating system, the IBM Informix Dynamic Server database, the Lenovo™ ThinkPad® tablet PC, and optional IBM System Storage™ products.

"By teaming with IBM to offer the IBM and Misys Express Solution for Healthcare Providers, we can help physicians convert to a 'paperlite' office to provide superior patient care through reliable clinical automation and secure sharing of electronic medical records amongst lab, imaging facilities and pharmacies," said Rob Kill, President of the Physician Systems business unit at Misys Healthcare Systems.

Contact(s) information

Stephen B. Andrews
IBM Media Relations
646-935-3924
Stephen.Andrews@ketchum.com

Amanda Griffith
Misys Healthcare
781-684-0770
misys@schwartz-pr.com

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