SOURCE: IntelliDOT Corporation

April 28, 2008 15:14 ET

IntelliDOT® Corporation's Barcode Point-of-Care Solution Goes Live at Ten Additional Health Management Associates Facilities

On Schedule to Complete 55 Implementations at HMA Hospitals Within Three Years

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - April 28, 2008) - IntelliDOT Corporation, a leading provider of wireless handheld, Barcode Point-of-Care (BPOC) solutions to hospitals, today announced the successful, facility-wide implementation of its CAREt® System at ten additional Health Management Associates (NYSE: HMA) hospitals. This brings the total number of HMA hospitals actively safeguarding patients with IntelliDOT's CAREt Bedside Medication Administration System to 24.

The most recent HMA hospitals to embrace barcode medication verification at the point-of-care include:

--  Bartow Regional Medical Center, a 72-bed facility in Bartow, Fla.;
--  Charlotte Regional Medical Center, a 208-bed facility located in Punta
    Gorda, Fla.;
--  Lancaster Regional Medical Center, a 245-bed facility located in
    Lancaster, Penn.;
--  Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, a 144-bed facility located
    in Lititz, Penn.;
--  Midwest Regional Medical Center, a 255-bed facility located in Midwest
    City, Okla.;
--  Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, a 72-bed facility in
    Paintsville, Ky.;
--  Upstate Carolina Medical Center, 125-bed facility in Gaffney, S.C.;
--  Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, a 116-bed facility in Kennett,
    MO;
--  Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center, a 95-bed facility in Amory,
    MS;
--  Natchez Community Hospital, a 101-bed facility in Natchez, MS
    

"When we made the decision to implement a system in all of our facilities, we assumed it was going to be a large undertaking for our hospitals and for our chosen vendor, but that has not been the case with IntelliDOT," said Jim Jordan, senior vice president and chief information officer for HMA. "The IntelliDOT implementation team has installed the CAREt System in our hospitals, continually exceeding our expectations -- and doing it routinely in less than four months per facility."

"Many barcode point-of-care solutions promise significant benefits only to get mired down in difficult, troublesome implementations," said Thomas G. Klopack, president and CEO of IntelliDOT. "In contrast, the IntelliDOT CAREt System is fast and easy to implement, so hospitals can realize patient, nurse and financial benefits almost immediately."

HMA contracted with IntelliDOT in August 2006 to bring barcode verification of medications to 55 HMA hospitals located throughout the southeast United States and Washington State over a period of three years. In 19 months, IntelliDOT has guided the multi-hospital system through 24 house-wide implementations -- on track with initial expectations. The most recent turn-key implementations averaged less than four months. The implementation time from kick-off to first unit go-live averaged 81 days across the seven facilities. On average, the hospitals were using the IntelliDOT system house-wide in just 102 days -- a pace which distinguishes the IntelliDOT solution from other barcode point-of-care systems.

The IntelliDOT System helps eliminate medication errors by matching the correct patient with the correct medication and method of delivery at the bedside. At only 8 oz. and packing a 12-hour battery life, the nurse-friendly CAREt Handheld device is easily carried for the entire shift by the clinician. The handheld provides the caregiver with information anywhere in the facility while collecting critical information at the point-of-care. The medication administration system interconnects with the Hospital Information System (HIS) and other IntelliDOT modules designed to expand the bedside safety net to vital signs collection, laboratory specimen identification, mother-baby breast milk matching, and blood product administration.

"It has been a pleasure working with each and every HMA hospital over the past year," said Shawn Orr, vice president of Field Operations for IntelliDOT. "Together, their support staff and our project team have achieved continually fast implementations. Their excitement, acceptance, and enthusiasm of the CAREt System has stayed constant from start to finish."

About Health Management Associates

HMA owns and operates general acute care hospitals in non-urban communities located throughout the United States. HMA operates 58 hospitals in 15 states with approximately 8,300 licensed beds. All references to "HMA" used in this release refer to Health Management Associates, Inc. or its affiliates.

About IntelliDOT Corporation

IntelliDOT is a leading provider of wireless, handheld, barcode point-of-care (BPOC) solutions that connect to any healthcare information system to improve patient safety and nurse workflow. When using the IntelliDOT system, nurses can easily manage all tasks associated with five-rights medication administration safety checks and related documentation. Additional modules include specimen collection, blood product administration, mother-baby breast milk matching and vital sign collection. IntelliDOT was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in San Diego. More information can be found at www.intellidotcorp.com.

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties associated with market acceptance of the CAREt System, whether the company will be successful in raising additional funds, the risk that sales of the CAREt System will not increase to target levels, and the effectiveness and marketability of healthcare information technologies, as well as other risks.

Contact Information

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    IntelliDOT Corporation
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