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Florida Hospital Lab & Nursing Staffs Enhance Patient Safety with Sunquest Collection Manager.

Solution Reduces Patient Identification Errors to Virtually Zero and Increases Workflow Productivity

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Sunquest Information Systems, Inc., a market leader in laboratory information systems, today announced that Florida Hospital, rated one of the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, is utilizing its Sunquest Collection Manager solution to significantly reduce specimen collection errors and improve productivity for its laboratory and nursing staff. Florida Hospital's lab and nursing staff collect over 15,000 blood specimens per month and now experience less than one patient identification error per year since implementing the system in 2004. Sunquest Collection Manager integrates with Sunquest's award-winning Laboratory Information System (LIS) and allows organizations to save time and reduce errors by automating their processes for specimen collection, specimen labeling, and data entry.

An article describing Florida Hospital's use of Sunquest Collection Manager and patient safety achievements were featured in the August issue of the Medical Laboratory Observer Magazine, a Peer-Reviewed Lab Management Resource since 1969.

"Sunquest's Collection Manager enabled us to increase our collections with less staff and improved our stat laboratory test turnaround time by sixteen to twenty percent," said Patrick O'Sullivan, MS, MT (ASCP)SBB, Florida Hospital administrative laboratory director. "But most importantly, we were able to reduce our patient identification errors to less than one per year with over one hundred and eighty thousand collections being performed."

"Florida Hospital's patient safety initiatives reflect what we see throughout healthcare organizations today," said Roger Neubauer, vice president of implementation and professional services for Sunquest Information Systems, Inc. "The success achieved by Florida Hospital and many of their peers is a testament to their commitment to deliver safe, quality patient care as well as to Sunquest's commitment to delivering solutions that play a key role in meeting safety and quality goals."

About Sunquest Collection Manager

Sunquest Collection Manager allows real-time transmission of all lab orders including stats directly to the phlebotomists' handheld device. This eliminates the need for the laboratory to have a person dedicated to taking calls from the Care Centers and then dispatching the phlebotomist to collect the stat specimens. This increases productivity and improves turnaround time by reducing the time it takes to collect specimens, resulting in faster delivery of the results to the doctors and a corresponding acceleration of patient treatment.

About Florida Hospital

With seven hospitals and 14 Centra Care walk-in medical centers, Florida Hospital is one of the largest hospital systems in the country, caring for almost one million patients every year. Florida Hospital specializes in a wide range of health services including many nationally and internationally recognized programs in cardiology, cancer, women's medicine, neurology, diabetes, orthopaedics and rehabilitation. For the last five years, Florida Hospital has been recognized as one the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. More information is available at: www.flhosp.org.

About Sunquest Information Systems, Inc.

Sunquest Information Systems, Inc., is a global market leader in clinical data management solutions with more than 1,200 hospitals and commercial laboratories using its products worldwide. The company is dedicated to providing best-of-suite solutions that enable quality patient care, clinical safety, and operational efficiencies. Its experienced sales and technical service teams deliver 24x7 assistance to customers for their procurement, implementation, and customer care needs. The Sunquest Laboratory[TM] system achieved "Best in KLAS" in the Laboratory Segment for 2007, which was its fourth consecutive year (KLAS Enterprises, LLC, www.KLASresearch.com).

Sunquest's professional services division provides a wide array of management and technical tools, including lab redesign and optimization, outreach and lab network program development, and operational business and implementation plans. For more information, call 800-748-0692 or visit: www.sunquestinfo.com.

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