SOURCE: Cisco Systems, Inc.

February 26, 2007 08:00 ET

Cisco Announces Community for Connected Health

Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and Cisco Join Forces to Provide HIMSS Members a Forum for Education and Best Practice Sharing

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 26, 2007 -- HIMSS 2007 -- Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced the formation of the Community for Connected Health, a Cisco-sponsored forum dedicated to sharing best-practices for using information to drive better healthcare.

The Community for Connected Health will offer its membership of caregivers, end-users, CIOs and other IT professionals high-value educational programs, networking opportunities, and access to Cisco healthcare and technology experts. It will provide members the ability to enhance their professional development and to ultimately help their own organizations deliver better healthcare.

"The Community for Connected Health offers HIMSS members an opportunity to be part of this new community that provides a fresh perspective on information technology and new insight on Cisco's healthcare solutions," said H. Stephen Lieber, HIMSS President/CEO. "We welcome Cisco into the HIMSS family and recognize the company's continuous and expanded commitment to the healthcare industry."

The Community for Connected Health is part of the HIMSS Users Group Alliance Program. Through the program, HIMSS collaborates with healthcare IT organizations like Cisco to provide environments for members to exchange technology-related ideas, challenges, and solutions. The Community for Connected Health will be under the strategic direction and guidance of the HIMSS board but with its own volunteer leadership. The leadership within the Community for Connected Health will provide specific direct on tactics, and the implementation will be coordinated by HIMSS staff. HIMSS members can join the Community for Connected Health at no additional cost.

"Increasingly, health care provider organizations are realizing the transformative effect that information technology can have to make healthcare more safe, effective, and patient-centered," said Dr. Danny Sands, senior medical informatics director at Cisco. "We're establishing the Community for Connected Health to be Cisco's forum for information-sharing with the thousands of healthcare leaders who comprise HIMSS' membership."

More information about the Community for Connected Health can be found at: www.connectedhealthcommunity.org

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The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is the healthcare industry's membership organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded in 1961 with offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., Brussels, and other locations across the United States and Europe, HIMSS represents more than 20,000 individual members and over 300 corporate members that collectively represent organizations employing millions of people. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare public policy and industry practices through its advocacy, educational and professional development initiatives designed to promote information and management systems' contributions to ensuring quality patient care. Visit www.himss.org for more information.

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