July 10, 2006 10:02 ET

Silver Cross Hospital Upgrades Emergency Department With MEDHOST

MEDHOST's partnership With Iatric Systems Leads to a Complete Emergency Department Information System Integration With MEDITECH

ADDISON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 10, 2006 -- Silver Cross Hospital, located in Joliet, Ill., today announced plans to upgrade its emergency department (ED) to MEDHOST's full-suite Emergency Department Information System (EDIS). MEDHOST's partnership with Iatric Systems will allow Silver Cross to fully integrate its MEDITECH Hospital Information System (HIS) with MEDHOST's EDIS. Silver Cross will utilize MEDHOST to increase patient safety, reduce individual wait times and improve charge capture in the hospital's new ED, which opens this month. In addition to its EDIS technologies, MEDHOST will provide Silver Cross with extensive consulting, customer support and in-depth training initiatives, enabling Silver Cross to maximize the value of MEDHOST's EDIS.

Silver Cross, which made Solucient's 100 Top Hospital list in 2004 and 2005, will take advantage of MEDHOST's full-suite EDIS, which features industry-leading process, outcome and risk management solutions to heighten valuable communication processes and ultimately engender widespread clinician compliance throughout the ED. Its easy-to-use EDIS combines an Administrative ToolKit for customizing processes and touch screen technologies to automate the ED. MEDHOST's technology focuses on increasing efficiency in four core ED areas -- patient tracking, nurse charting, physician documentation and order entry.

"Silver Cross conducted an extensive EDIS vendor search, and we chose MEDHOST with confidence after evaluating our success with their patient tracking module, which we have used since 2001. Another key advantage with MEDHOST was their ability to easily and fully integrate with our MEDITECH HIS," said Paul Zielske, administrative director of emergency services at Silver Cross. "Silver Cross is excited to complement the opening of our new and larger ED with our MEDHOST implementation, which will provide our clinicians with a powerful tool to manage our above average patient visits. Upgrading our MEDHOST EDIS allows us to increase our financial efficiency, improve upon our strong record of patient safety and provide our staff with a tool to better serve patients."

"Silver Cross is a linchpin of the rapidly growing Joliet community, and we are honored to assist the hospital to further enhance its value to the residents of Joliet," said Craig Herrod, CEO of MEDHOST. "Since 2001, MEDHOST has helped Silver Cross maintain their dedication to a 30-minute door-to-doctor policy with our tracking module. MEDHOST's partnership with Iatric Systems and our highly developed EDIS will allow Silver Cross, and any other hospital with MEDITECH's HIS, to take advantage of MEDHOST's capabilities. Our full-suite EDIS allows hospitals to shed manual processes that prevent them from reaching desired levels of efficiency."

As part of continual efforts to provide Customers with a hassle-free EDIS, MEDHOST maintains a valuable partnership with Iatric Systems to provide hospitals that employ MEDITECH's HIS with an EDIS that can fully integrate with their information system. Iatric Systems' technology allows information to flow efficiently between MEDITECH and MEDHOST's EDIS, ensuring that patient records easily transfer from the ED to the enterprise HIS solution.

MEDHOST's easy-to-use EDIS helps clinicians quickly and accurately enter data, creating efficient EDs that result in shorter wait times, increased patient safety and better financial performance. MEDHOST is the leading EDIS provider, which serves facilities such as Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, the Lifespan Health System of Rhode Island, and the Baylor Healthcare System in Texas. MEDHOST is the preferred EDIS provider of VHA Inc., a national cooperative serving more than 2,400 not-for-profit healthcare organizations.

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital has been creating world-class health care experiences for the southwest suburban communities for over a century. Silver Cross has been recognized as one of our nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Solucient and as one of America's Most Friendliest Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. Exceptional care. It's not unusual. It's simply the way you should be treated. For more information visit or call (815) 740-1100.

About MEDHOST, Inc.

MEDHOST is a software solutions company that provides highly visual, easy-to-use process management technology for the healthcare industry. The MEDHOST product suite has been adopted by leading institutions throughout the United States and has proven to dramatically improve emergency department processes and increase Customer satisfaction. MEDHOST was named "#1 Best in KLAS" for Emergency Department Vendors in 2004 and 2005, as detailed in the "Top 20 Year End Best in KLAS" report (published Dec. 15, 2004 and 2005), which measures performance based on Customer evaluations of vendor performance. Products include real-time patient tracking, clinical documentation, order entry and comprehensive reporting. MEDHOST is headquartered in Addison, Texas.

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