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CERNER CORP. ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO IMPLEMENT ITS CLINICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS AT ALL SAINTS HEALTHCARE GROUP IN WISCONSIN

 KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Cerner Corp. (NASDAQ: CERN) today announced that an agreement has been completed with a Racine, Wis. healthcare group comprised of St. Luke's Hospital, Saint Mary's Medical Center, Kurten Medical Group, and Racine Medical Clinic to implement a number of the company's Healthcare Network Architecture (HNA) software applications. The agreement provides for the implementation of enterprise-wide clinical information systems to automate the fundamental process of healthcare, including registration, clinical ordering and scheduling, clinical decision support, discharging, and ambulatory follow-up, with systems for laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy. The implementation project will begin immediately and is expected to be substantially complete in 1994. This agreement demonstrates the growing trend among provider institutions to develop an information management strategy that encompasses multiple facilities across an entire health system, and that is capable of remaining abreast of the coming advancements in healthcare reform. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
 Saint Mary's Medical Center, currently using PathNet laboratory information system, has been a Cerner client for three years. PathNet will be implemented at the other three Recine sites this summer. The implementation of Cerner's RadNet radiology, PharmNet pharmacy, and ProNet order management HNA systems will follow. This group of healthcare institutions, informally known at All Saints, selected Cerner after a number of visits to the company's HNA Vision Center. These providers emphasized the value of HNA's clinical decision support, which not only automates a number of the health system's key protocols but also provides caregivers with timely vital information for making proactive clinical decisions. The system's administration expects the HNA systems to automate the fundamental process of patient care, improving both the efficiency and quality of care delivery.
 Edward P. DeMeulenaere, chief executive officer and president of Saint Mary's Medical Center, commented, "With the major changes that already are occuring in healthcare delivery and what is expected to be proposed under the new Clinton reform plan, growing need exists for hospitals and care providers to cooperatively deliver cost-effective, high quality healthcare. We believe clinical information management plays a key role in achieving this goal. The shared vision we have with Cerner Corporation for completing integrated community networks of healthcare providers is the main reason why we made the strategic decision to implement Cerner's HNA systems. We are excited about this new long-term alliance with Cerner and expect that our joint efforts to develop an integrated health system using information technology will not only enable us to be on the leading edge of healthcare's new initiatives, but also will be highly beneficial to our entire community of care providers and patients."
 John F. Schuster, chief financial officer and vice president of both Saint Mary's Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital, said, "Historically, hospital information systems were developed with a business focus, planned and operated to meet the needs of financial departments. We believe the system of tomorrow is focused on patient care, but it also helps to better manage costs and efficiency while improving the quality of healthcare delivery. In our case, where multiple facilities are involved, aligning the delivery system outside the hospital walls enables all of us to better manage the healthcare of the community as we move toward a truly integrated health system. This type of system represents a vision for the future that will become a model emulated not only in Wisconsin but also through the developing healthcare reform initiative of the Clinton administration."
 Clifford W. Illig, Cerner's president and chief operating officer, commented, "The vision that Cerner shares with the executive leadership of All Saints is a benchmark for how healthcare institutions want to do business when strategically planning their comprehensive information management solution. We are excited about this new relationship and believe it further demonstrates Cerner's ability to provide a clinical system capable of managing information across the enterprise and reaching beyond to encompass an entire health complex or even a community-wide healthcare delivery network. We look forward to working with the progressive planners at All Saints to introduce a model of information management that significantly enhances the quality and efficiency of patient care."
 St. Luke's Hospital, Saint Mary's Medical Center, Kurten Medical Group, and Racine Medical Clinic are affiliated under All Saints Healthcare Systems, Inc. St. Luke's Hospital, a 292-bed community based hospital, and Saint Mary's Medical Center, a 226-bed member of the Wheaton Franciscan System, officially affiliated in March 1991 after years of collaboration. In June 1993, the hospitals acquired Kurten Medical Group and Racine Medical Clinic, comprised of about 60 physicians, in order to develop an intregrated healthcare delivery system in Racine.
 Cerner is a leading developer of patient-focused clinical information systems for the healthcare industry. All Cerner system designs are based on Healthcare Network Architecture (HNA). Through HNA, Cerner is able to deliver application software products that serve the unique needs of each clinical discipline, while allowing unprecedented management and cross-disciplinary medical applications. Cerner offers products to an international marketplace including hospitals, HMOs, clinics, and reference laboratories.
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