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AMICAS Installs Vision Series PACS at the University of Chicago Hospitals; Vision's Open-Standard, Web-based Design Provides Needed Flexibility.

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Continuing to build on its impressive list of high-profile installations, AMICAS, Inc., a Web-based Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) company and wholly owned subsidiary of VitalWorks Inc. (NASDAQ: VWKS), has installed Vision Series(TM) PACS at The University of Chicago Hospitals (UCH), a 603-bed system that conducts a high volume of imaging procedures each year. UCH, consistently recognized as being at the forefront of medicine and recently named to U.S. News & World Report's list of best hospitals, works with AMICAS to continually find ways to streamline its imaging management and workflow.

UCH selected AMICAS PACS to overcome a number of image management challenges. Because the system is a large clinical enterprise with multiple medical campuses, multiple IT departments, 48 radiologists and a large number of residents, the organization needed to streamline interaction both within the radiology department and between the radiology department and the rest of the enterprise. Moving from film-based imaging to a soft-copy system was the clear solution, and PACS will significantly hasten UCH's much needed elimination of film.

In selecting AMICAS as its PACS vendor, UCH sought to leverage enterprise investments in IT and infrastructure, obtain a robust workflow engine to manage its complex clinical environment and access a large store of prior studies with a PACS that could ramp up quickly and seamlessly.

"Since we began working with AMICAS in 1999 for enterprise image management and now for PACS, our interaction has been much more of a partnership than a typical vendor-customer relationship," said UCH Assistant Director of Radiology Informatics Sanju Abraham. "AMICAS has grown alongside us and has worked diligently to deliver a product that continues to meet our specific needs, from both a technology standpoint and in terms of superior professional services in the form of training and support. Working with AMICAS and seeing the positive impact its Vision PACS has had across the entire UCH organization has inspired us to continually look for ways in which we can improve ourselves."

As part of the effort to eliminate film and streamline its imaging workflow with AMICAS PACS, UCH gave physicians significantly easier access to patient image studies through the Electronic Medical Record (EMR), and gained the ability to scale as the organization grows. Because AMICAS' Vision PACS is an open-standard, Web-based product, UCH has the freedom to continue to use its existing systems from a variety of technology vendors - an option not available with most legacy PACS offerings.

"We are honored to serve yet another prestigious healthcare facility with our AMICAS Vision Series PACS," said AMICAS CEO Hamid Tabatabaie. "UCH has been a valued customer that has utilized AMICAS products to distribute images to hundreds of desktops throughout the organization. Now, with the addition of RealTime Worklist and the LightBeam radiology workstation, UCH can gain efficiencies and improve quality simultaneously. We look forward to incorporating ongoing enhancements that result from UCH's advice and guidance in the future revisions of the Vision Series products for all our customers."

About AMICAS, Inc.

Established in 1995, AMICAS provides Web-based, software-only medical and diagnostic image management solutions. AMICAS conceived the software architecture of The Vision Series, combining PACS functionality into a centralized, standards-based and manageable platform. AMICAS continues to craft scalable, feature-rich solutions to meet the workflow, integration and care needs of all institutions, filling the performance and scalability void left by legacy approaches. AMICAS promotes solutions that leverage the cost efficiencies of a technology-forward design that responds to emerging technologies. Purposely selecting a vendor-neutral hardware approach, AMICAS' value proposition affords clients an average two to three year ROI - half that of traditional solutions.

AMICAS' demonstrated leadership is evident in a diverse customer base encompassing more than 180 facilities, processing more than five million exams per year. AMICAS solutions are implemented at renowned institutions, including New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and Massachusetts General Hospital for enterprise distribution of images, and Rush North Shore Medical Center, Michigan State University, Cayuga Medical Center and Porter Memorial Health System for end-to-end PACS. As previously reported, VitalWorks Inc., a leading provider of information management technology and services targeted to healthcare practices and organizations throughout the United States, acquired AMICAS on November 26, 2003. Additional information about AMICAS can be found at Additional information about VitalWorks can be found at
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