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MedMined Extends Leadership Position in Infection Surveillance with 200 Hospital Customers Nationwide; Data Mining Surveillance(R) Service Helps Hospitals Reduce Infections, Improve Patient Safety, and Reduce Costs.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- MedMined, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cardinal Health, today announced that it has reached a major milestone, now providing its sophisticated infection-tracking service to improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs to 200 hospitals in the United States. Hospitals recently adopting MedMined's comprehensive Data Mining Surveillance service include 343-bed Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind.

These results offer further evidence of MedMined's leadership position in providing infection-tracking services to medical institutions across the country. Use of MedMined's innovative Data Mining Surveillance service has doubled during the past year.

According to G.T. LaBorde, MedMined's chief operating officer, the success of the company is evident in the growing number of hospitals that have turned to the MedMined Data Mining Surveillance service, which represents a proven way to identify patterns of infections and antibiotic resistance within hospitals and communities and reduce costs. "Reaching 200 customers is an important milestone, and we are pleased with the accelerating pace of adoption by hospitals," LaBorde said. "These hospitals have found that the MedMined service is highly effective, allowing infection control staff to quickly and accurately deploy infection control resources. The results are evident in reduced healthcare-associated infections, improved patient safety, and decreased costs."

Fast, efficient implementation of the service also has contributed to the company's rapid growth. The average time for implementation of the service is just 36 days. Implementation rates among customers are high, with more than 90 percent of the 200 hospital customers, or 188 hospitals, fully implemented; the remaining new customers are expected to go online within the next two months.

"We are pleased that Union Hospital is MedMined's 200th customer and the first medical center in Indiana to adopt the Data Mining Surveillance service," said Wayne Hutson, chief financial officer at Union Hospital. "As a healthcare leader, we are committed to technology innovation and delivering the highest level of patient care. Implementing the Data Mining Surveillance service will allow us to set a new standard for hospital infection prevention, further enhancing the quality of our patient care."

Union Hospital, a member of the Union Hospital Health Group, is the largest not-for-profit provider of health services between West Central Indiana and East Central Illinois. Union Hospital offers a broad range of patient care services, including newborn intensive care, emergency care, and senior services. Specialty care also is provided in the hospital's Clara Fairbanks Center for Women and the Hux Cancer and Cardiovascular Centers.

In the United States, healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) affect nearly 2 million patients each year and contribute to approximately 88,000 deaths. MedMined employs artificial intelligence technology to continually monitor patient data from all areas of the hospital for possible warning signs of HAIs. Data Mining Surveillance features a sophisticated, ongoing process of data extraction, cleaning, and analysis that does not require data entry or pre-defined search criteria. As a result, highly complex, unsuspected patterns can be captured from vast amounts of data. This unique service helps hospitals efficiently and cost-effectively meet the challenge of reducing HAIs by combining ongoing review and analysis of infection-related data from hospital systems with clinical support and educational tools designed to facilitate meaningful change and process improvements, and comply with state mandatory reporting requirements.

About Cardinal Health

Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH) is a $75 billion global company serving the healthcare industry with a broad portfolio of products and services. Through its diverse offering, Cardinal Health delivers integrated healthcare solutions that help customers reduce their costs, improve efficiency and deliver better care to patients. The company manufactures, packages and distributes pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, offers a range of clinical services and develops automation products that improve the management and delivery of supplies and medication for hospitals, physician offices and pharmacies. Ranked No. 19 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 55,000 people on six continents. More information about the company may be found at www.cardinalhealth.com.

About MedMined

MedMined is a Birmingham-based medical information technology company founded in 2000 to provide data mining analysis and related technical, clinical, and financial consulting services to the healthcare community. In July 2006, MedMined was acquired by Cardinal Health, the leading provider of products and services supporting the healthcare industry. MedMined's patented infection-tracking technology and proprietary service are being used by 200 hospitals in 28 states covering more than 3 million hospital admissions. For more information, visit www.medmined.com.
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