May 23, 2006 17:35 ET

Kathy Blum Joins Misys Healthcare Systems Executive Team

Senior Executive Brings Over 20 Years of Experience to Customer Operations- Focused on Acute Care Clients

RALEIGH, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 23, 2006 -- Misys Healthcare Systems, a market leader in healthcare IT, today announced the appointment of Kathy Blum to its Hospital Systems executive management team. Bringing more than 20 years of industry and operations expertise to the team, Blum will serve as vice president of Customer Operations. Her role will include overseeing Misys' relationship with its customers in acute care settings.

"Throughout her career, Kathy Blum has demonstrated a commitment to customer service with several leading companies," said Richard Atkin, president of Misys Healthcare Systems' Hospital Systems business unit. "Misys is committed to serving as a client-focused company, one that's driven from the outside in and organized for the customer. Kathy is the right person to lead us in that direction by putting into action what our clients expect of us."

Blum most recently served as President and CEO of TriVirix International, a North Carolina-based manufacturing and engineering company servicing the medical device market, where she grew the company by over 8,000 percent and increased quality performance by more than 200 percent. Key to Blum's success at TriVirix included high rates of customer retention through excellent customer service. Blum's global experience also includes management roles at leading companies such as GE Medical Systems, including the Global Service Technology Operation, Southeast Zone, Magnet Systems Operations and GE Aircraft Engines businesses of GE. In each role, Blum was dedicated to customer service through operational excellence and process improvements.

"Misys has a long history of delivering strong client services, as evidenced by the awards it's received from esteemed organizations including KLAS and Frost & Sullivan. However, there is always room to grow," said Kathy Blum, the new vice president of Customer Operations. "I look forward to working with the management team at Misys to provide the implementation and support experiences our clients expect from us, as they expand their use of Misys products across all venues of care."

In addition to her new role at Misys, Blum has served on the board of directors for United Way, Chamber of Commerce and Florence Darlington Technical Institute. She is also a Six Sigma Certified Quality Leader and trained Master Black Belt and the 1998 recipient of the GE Corporate Woman Achiever Award. She earned a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cincinnati, and holds a Bachelor of Science from Lehigh University.

About Misys Healthcare Systems

Misys Healthcare Systems, one of the top five healthcare IT companies in North America, develops and supports reliable, easy-to-use software and services of exceptional quality that enable physicians and caregivers to more easily manage the complexities of healthcare. Misys' family of leading clinical products and Web-based technologies -- Misys Optimum™ solutions -- are designed from the ground up to share patient data across all medical care settings. Misys Optimum connects community-based physicians and caregivers to the acute care enterprise, enabling increased efficiencies, better decision-making and improved hospital-physician relations. For more information, visit

About Misys plc

Misys plc (LSE: MSY), the global software company, is one of the world's largest and longest-established providers of industry-specific software. Founded in 1979, Misys serves the international banking and healthcare industries, combining technological expertise with in-depth understanding of customers' markets and operational needs. In banking Misys is a market leader with over 1,200 customers, including 49 of the world's top 50 banks. In healthcare Misys is also a market leader, serving more than 110,000 physicians in 18,000 practice locations, 1,200 hospitals and 600 home care providers. Through Sesame, a wholly owned subsidiary, the company is also a leading provider of support services to about 7,800 financial advisers in the UK. Misys employs around 6,000 people who serve customers in more than 120 countries. For more information, visit

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