SOURCE: MEDSEEK

June 26, 2006 08:00 ET

Edward Hospital & Health Services Selects MEDSEEK to Implement Enterprise-Wide Physician, Patient, Consumer and Employee Portals

SOLVANG, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 26, 2006 -- MEDSEEK, a leading provider of enterprise e-health solutions, with 500-plus hospital clients around the country, announced today that Naperville, Ill.-based Edward Hospital & Health Services has selected its robust e-health platform to develop its consumer, patient, physician and employee portals. The three-year agreement for the 278-bed facility will integrate all four portals into an enterprise-wide solution that will enhance workflow efficiencies along the entire healthcare continuum.

According to Brian Davis, VP of marketing, "We set out to revamp our website and realized the huge potential with advances in web technology to build one to one relationships with multiple stakeholders. We cater to a sophisticated population, which expects efficient online services when conducting airline and banking transactions, and we wanted to offer our customers similar convenience in healthcare. We believe that the development and integration of all four portals will enable us to improve the entire experience for all stakeholders. We are confident that MEDSEEK is the best partner to help us achieve our goals because of their in-depth industry experience, clinical integration expertise and proven track record for success."

The enterprise-wide project includes partners ADAM.com for third-party health information; Cardiff's LiquidOffice for business process management of integrated content and processes; and integration with CPM Marketing Group's leading customer relationship management solutions on the consumer and patient portal. The four portals include:

--  Consumer Portal - Utilizing MEDSEEK's SiteMakerE modules, the consumer
    portal will provide access to relevant and reliable health information,
    personal health records, reminders and alerts, online shopping, and e-
    cards, as well as convenient online registration for classes and job
    postings with the ability to respond online.
    
--  Physician Portal - The physician portal will provide improved
    information access, simplified workflow, reduced paperwork, and improved
    communications that will strengthen hospital-physician relationships and
    enhance patient-physician interaction.  The portal will provide single-sign-
    on information access using MEDSEEK's eConnect interfacing capabilities.
    
--  Patient Portal - To meet the demands and exceed the expectations of
    the empowered patient, MEDSEEK will implement web solutions that provide
    greater visibility and access into Edward's healthcare delivery process and
    system. The patient-centered approach will include services, such as secure
    messaging, to simplify communications and enhance the Patient, Physician,
    Hospital relationship. Additional web services will provide Patients with
    direct access to their personal medical records, prescription renewals,
    personalized health information and content, as well as the ability to
    schedule and pre-register for appointments online.
    
--  Employee Portal - The Employee portal will play a significant role in
    assisting the Edwards to recruit and to retain employees -- the hospital's
    most important and costly resource -- by providing a centralized
    information resource dedicated to the Employee. The employee portal will
    provide staff directories, policies and procedures, document sharing,
    benefits information and enrollment, internal job postings, employee
    recognition, patient census reporting, as well as general news and events.
    
Edward has assembled multidisciplinary teams of key stakeholders to spearhead the project, including IT, operations, HR, and individual teams for each of the four portals. They will also be guided by a physician advisory group and will seek community input from its consumer advisory committee for the consumer portal. The first phase of the project will consist of the consumer portal; it will link to all other portals upon its expected completion in December 2006. The patient portal is scheduled for completion in March 2007, and the physician portal in April 2007. In the final phase, the employee portal is expected to go live in March 2008.

According to Gale Wilson-Steele, founder and chief strategy officer of MEDSEEK, "We are pleased to be partnering with Edward Hospital as they execute their enterprise-wide eHealth vision. This comprehensive initiative using MEDSEEK's PortalMaker E allows Edward Hospital to portalize essential information for all their stakeholders, thereby improving efficiency, interaction, service, communication, and ultimately, outcomes."

About Edward Hospital

Edward Hospital & Health Services is a full service, regional healthcare provider with more than 4,000 employees serving residents of the western suburbs of Chicago including Naperville, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Lisle, Woodridge, Aurora/Fox Valley, Romeoville and Warrenville. The American Nurses Credentialing Center has recently awarded the Magnet designation for nursing excellence to Edward, making it one of only 2% of hospitals in the country and the only hospital serving DuPage and Will counties to earn this prestigious honor.

Edward also has earned a reputation as a leader in complex medical specialties and innovative programming including revolutionary imaging technology; care for the most critically ill newborns, minimally invasive surgery, the latest mind and body classes, beating heart surgery, in vitro fertilization, and access to the latest clinical trials for cancer and heart disease. Caring for patients at Edward are more than 800 physicians, which include independent members of the medical staff, employed physicians and independent contractors.

About MEDSEEK

Solvang, Calif.-based MEDSEEK provides healthcare organizations with online content management technology for more efficient communication and interaction among institutions, caregivers and patients. MEDSEEK's software application, developed specifically for healthcare and the web, creates the infrastructure for more powerful internet, intranet and portal solutions. With a library of over 100 proven application interfaces, MEDSEEK also provides clinical integration, leveraging existing HIS applications to function as the central viewpoint for all patient data. MEDSEEK, which has been recognized on Deloitte & Touche's Los Angeles Technology Fast 50 list for four consecutive years, has more than 500 installed hospital clients, including Henry Ford Health System, Advocate Health, Pediatrix Medical Group and the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more visit www.medseek.com or call 888-MEDSEEK.

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