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IT Investment Distinguishes Childrens Hospital Los Angeles as Industry Leader.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. & LOS ANGELES -- Only 2.7 percent(1) of U.S. hospitals are currently using some form of computerized physician order entry (CPOE). With the implementation of Cerner Corp.'s (Nasdaq:CERN) CPOE system, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles continues to distinguish itself as one of the premier pediatric healthcare providers in the state of California and in the nation.

"The electronic management of medical information is one of the most urgent priorities in healthcare and perhaps the most important component for reducing costs and improving medical care," said Childrens Hospital Los Angeles President and CEO Walter W. Noce, Jr.

Cerner's CPOE system coordinates the workflow of physicians, nurses and pharmacists around the complex and calculated process of weight-based medication management. The software provides clinicians with scientific data for pediatric care at locations throughout the hospital's network of inpatient settings, outpatient clinics and physician practices. Using CPOE, Childrens Hospital can benchmark and assess the quality of treatment it provides, streamline care and reduce inefficiencies.

Childrens also implemented a solution to automate emergency room registration, triage, tracking, clinician orders, documentation and medical records; software to simplify laboratory clinical and management processes; and a solution combining demographic, clinical and financial information to prevent adverse drug events, minimize transcription errors and reduce pharmacy costs.

"Childrens Hospital and Cerner share a strong commitment of caring for kids," said Zane Burke, president of Cerner's western area. "Their willingness to implement CPOE and other core clinical solutions illustrates how devoted to patient safety Childrens truly is."

With 35 pediatric hospital clients, Cerner is a leading supplier of healthcare IT solutions for the children's healthcare market. Cerner's client roster includes seven of the 29 U.S. News & World Report "Best Pediatric Hospitals 2004." In addition, a 2003 report(2) indicates Cerner has the largest share of currently marketed CPOE systems when including both live and contracted acute care hospitals.

"It's really about the kids at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and about doing what's best for them," Noce said. "The electronic management of medical information is proven to enhance medical care, making us a better, safer environment for the children and families who depend on us."

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles has been treating the most seriously ill and injured children in Los Angeles for more than a century and is acknowledged throughout the world for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. Childrens Hospital is one of America's premier teaching hospitals, affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California for more than 72 years. It is a national leader in pediatric research. Since 1990, U.S. News & World Report and its panel of board-certified pediatricians have named Childrens Hospital Los Angeles one of the top pediatric facilities in the nation.

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is speaking at the Cerner Health Care Leadership Forum Oct. 7-10 in Orlando, Fla., about California's nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. The healthcare provider will discuss the implementation of CPOE at the Cerner Health Conference Oct. 10-13 in Orlando.

Cerner Corp. is taking the paper chart out of healthcare, eliminating error, variance and waste in the care process. With more than 1,500 clients worldwide, Cerner is the leading supplier of healthcare information technology. The following are trademarks of Cerner: Cerner, Cerner's logo; Nasdaq:CERN; www.cerner.com.

(1) 2004 KLAS Enterprises CPOE Digest: www.healthcomputing.com.

(2) 2003 Dorenfest Complete IHDS+ Database(TM)
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