November 08, 2006 08:00 ET

Mercy Health Selects MEDSEEK to Build Consumer and Employee Portals After Year-Long Vendor Search

SOLVANG, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 8, 2006 -- MEDSEEK, a leading provider of enterprise e-health solutions with 600-plus hospital clients around the country, announced today that it will develop consumer and employee portals for Mercy Health System in Janesville, WI, a three-hospital integrated health system, which includes a network of more than 65 facilities in 24 communities across seven counties in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The portal pilot go-live is planned for Q1 2007 with the patient and employee portals planned for the future.

Mercy will utilize MEDSEEK's PortalMaker E architecture to expand the website's functionality for hospital employees and consumers. Unique portal features/capabilities include:

Consumer Portal:

--  Enroll in classes on-line
--  Search for a physician
--  Apply for jobs
--  Cross-promote service lines
--  Capture demographic data
--  Patient stories
Mercy's 3800 employees will benefit from the employee portal with:
--  Policies and procedures
--  Employee directory
--  Quick poll
--  Document library
--  Forums
--  News
"We evaluated numerous vendors for over a year and concluded that MEDSEEK offers a superior product suite and the most competitive pricing in the industry," explains Barb Bortner, vice president of marketing and public relations at Mercy Health System. "Our goal is use the web as a business tool, to decentralize content management, capture demographic data, increase market share and cross-promote service lines. We are confident that MEDSEEK's easy-to-use and deploy tools will help us to meet our objectives."

According to Mike Drake, MEDSEEK CEO, "We're delighted to play a part in helping Mercy Health System leverage distributed content management and cohesive brand management to enhance its website by expanding service offerings for hospital visitors and employees alike. We look forward to helping them meet their evolving online communication initiatives."

About Mercy Health System

Founded in 1895, Mercy Health System is a not-for-profit, vertically integrated multi-specialty health system that serves more than one million individuals through its 65 facilities in 24 southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois communities. Since 1989, Mercy Health System has grown from a stand-alone community hospital with no employed physicians and no ambulatory care centers into a comprehensive, vertically integrated health system offering an extensive network of primary and specialty care physicians, three hospitals, subspecialty centers of excellence, insurance products, long term care, retail services, and preventive health and wellness programs. Mercy employs over 285 physicians and more than 3,800 employees, who are called partners. Mercy Health System is headquartered in Janesville, Wisconsin.


Solvang, Calif.-based MEDSEEK provides healthcare organizations with online portal management technology for more efficient communication and interaction among institutions, caregivers and patients. MEDSEEK's comprehensive software platform, PortalMaker E, developed specifically for healthcare and the web, creates the infrastructure for more powerful internet, intranet, portal and mobile solutions. With a library of over 140 proven application interfaces, MEDSEEK also provides clinical integration, leveraging existing health information systems (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 five consecutive years, has more than 600 installed hospital clients, including Henry Ford Health System, Advocate Health, Cardinal Health System, Pediatrix Medical Group and the Cleveland Clinic. MEDSEEK also maintains offices in Alabama and Mississippi. For more information, visit or call 888-MEDSEEK.

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