SOURCE: Health Care Systems, Inc.

September 16, 2008 07:30 ET

Swedish Medical Center Signs With Health Care Systems, Inc. for Automated Medication Reconciliation

MONTGOMERY, AL and SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - September 16, 2008) - Health Care Systems, Inc. (HCS), a leading provider of medication safety solutions and the market leader in medication reconciliation solutions, has entered into an agreement for HCS Medication Reconciliation with Swedish Medical Center, the Northwest's largest and most comprehensive medical center. Swedish has three hospital locations in Seattle, an emergency room and specialty center in Issaquah (East King County), and more:

-- Swedish Medical Center/Ballard

-- Swedish Medical Center/First Hill

-- Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill (formerly Providence)

-- Swedish Medical Center/Issaquah

-- Swedish Home Care

-- Swedish Physicians network of 12 primary care clinics

-- Multiple specialty clinics

This 3 hospital campus has consistently been named as the area's best hospital by independent research companies. HCS is excited to work with Swedish Medical Center to help meet their goals of providing the best, most compassionate care possible.

HCS Medication Reconciliation enables reducing preventable adverse medication events, promoting operational efficiencies, and improving compliance with The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal 8a. HCS Medication Reconciliation provides hospitals with the ability to retrieve community pharmacy prescription fill and refill information at the time of patient admission, making improvements in medication reconciliation processes and patient safety.

"HCS looks forward to working with Swedish Medical Center. HCS Medication Reconciliation will help Swedish meet their goals of clinician time savings and increased patient safety," said Dwight Henderson, CEO, HCS. John Zarek, RPh. and System Clinical Pharmacy Manager, Swedish Medical Center said, "I am pleased that HCS Medication Reconciliation will be used at Swedish Medical Center hospitals. Working with HCS has been, and continues to be, a pleasure."

HCS Medication Reconciliation automatically pushes a patient's medication history to the clinician at the time and point of admission in a printed or electronic report. This valuable home medication information is further enhanced by tools within the system which provide customized alerts related to duplicate therapy, potential interactions and compliance issues. Utilizing the historical medication history within HCS Medication Reconciliation adds an additional layer of accuracy and confidence for the caregiver and the patient. The HCS interface engine which has successfully interfaced with hospital information systems and automated dispensing devices, makes implementation quick, easy, and vendor neutral.

For more information about HCS Medication Reconciliation, visit www.hcsinc.net

About Swedish Medical Center System: www.swedish.org

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