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 KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ: CERN) and Samaritan Health System, a comprehensive health organization providing service through primary care physician offices, clinics, acute and tertiary care hospitals and home health organizations to the greater metropolitan Phoenix area, today announced they have completed an agreement to install a full suite of Cerner Healthcare Network Architecture (HNA) products over the next three to four years. HNA will serve as the information architecture to the full range of healthcare services that Samaritan currently delivers. In addition, HNA will provide the "Infostructure" for their future plans to develop a complete integrated health delivery system capable of providing a continuum of care within the complex community environment Samaritan serves.
 This agreement demonstrates Cerner's ability to provide the total clinical information solution required to support the strategic information needs of the large, complex, geographically dispersed integrated delivery systems that will evolve as the backbone of U.S. healthcare in the future.
 Samaritan is the largest health system in the state of Arizona with four hospitals located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, a reference lab and an outpatient facility in Phoenix, five regional hospitals in Arizona and California, and seven clinics in communities surrounding Phoenix. Samaritan's commitment to Cerner's HNA strategy will provide for the automation of the core clinical processes, including case management, at all of their healthcare facilities ranging from primary care to tertiary care through 1996 with the goal of community-wide system automation by 1997. Samaritan has named their organization wide plan "Think '97" which will embody one comprehensive healthcare delivery system in the minds of patients, employees volunteers, physicians and buyers.
 James C. Crews, chief executive officer, Samaritan Health System, said, "Samaritan has aggressive plans for managing the changing healthcare environment. We were impressed with what Cerner has achieved to date, and as importantly, we are impressed with their ability to develop creative solutions to address Samaritan's future clinical information requirements."
 Jack Kowitt, vice president and chief information officer, Samaritan Health System, said "The Think '97 strategic plan is designed to position the Samaritan Health System as the preeminent integrated healthcare organization in the Southwest. Our information systems requirements for Think `97 have been identified as a critical factor in the successful integration strategy. After a thorough evaluation of the key information system players in the healthcare industry, Cerner was selected as Samaritan's clinical information system partner."
 Neal Patterson, Cerner Corporation chief executive officer, said, "Samaritan is leading the way by defining the healthcare entity of the future. Their enlightened definition addresses the care delivery, financial and progressive management models for that entity. In deference to prospects of continued change under healthcare reform, healthcare leaders are aggressively forming geographically based delivery organizations throughout this country today. It is very encouraging to Cerner to see our clients positioning themselves to be competitive in the 21st century. It is equally encouraging to see these new organizations recognize the critical impact of clinical information systems on their strategies. There is true `shared vision' between Samaritan and Cerner. We are looking forward to working closely with the Samaritan organization to realize that vision."
 Cerner Corporation's relationship with Samaritan began in 1988 when one of the group's hospitals, Maryvale Samaritan Medical Center, purchased Cerner's PathNet laboratory information systems. In June of 1992, Samaritan purchased PharmNet pharmacy information systems for all four its Samaritan Phoenix area hospitals. Two additional Phoenix area hospitals purchased PathNet in 1993. Preliminary project activities for the broad implementation of HNA commenced in August of 1993.
 Cerner is the 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 automation of the overall clinical process. Cerner offers products to an international marketplace including integrated healthcare delivery systems, hospitals, HMO's, clinics and reference laboratories.
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 /CONTACT: Alan Dietrich, Director, Business Planning and Development of Cerner Corporation, 816-221-1024/

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