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MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER OF JACKSONVILLE CONTRACTS FOR MEDICAL RECORDS IMAGING SYSTEM FROM HEALTH SYSTEMS GROUP

 MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER OF JACKSONVILLE


CONTRACTS FOR MEDICAL RECORDS IMAGING SYSTEM FROM HEALTH SYSTEMS GROUP
 CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Memorial Medical Center of Jacksonville, Fla., has purchased a state-of-the-art medical records imaging system from First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC), Health Systems Group.
 The 343-bed hospital signed a contract on June 12 for Image-MedRecs(TM), which is designed to automate the medical records department and integrate it with other hospital departments, such as admitting, laboratory and radiology.
 Arnold Azcuy, MD, senior vice president and medical director at Memorial, said the product was chosen for cost savings and convenience. "This is a much quicker way of coding medical records and accessing them," he said. "Our billing will be quicker, too."
 "I think it will be worthwhile in many respects," he added, predicting a quick return on the Image-MedRecs investment. "It will eventually save us a lot of money -- as much as half a million dollars a year."
 Image-MedRecs integrates data from existing systems into its electronic medical record database -- improving efficiency, streamlining the workflow and protecting the hospital's current information systems investment. Hardcopy information, scanned into Image-MedRecs in a digitized format, can then be displayed in a variety of ways for the convenience of the user. Open architecture makes Image-MedRecs compatible with any hospital information system.
 A single document can be viewed at multiple locations, making information available on demand and virtually eliminating misplaced records. Dr. Azcuy cited this as a major advantage. "Quality Assurance, Risk Management, Utilization Review, Finance and people on the floor all have very valid reasons to have the medical record -- but as long as it's on paper, that medical record can be in only one place at one time." Imaging also affords better document quality than the microfiche system presently in use at the hospital.
 Michael W. Davis, director of imaging systems for Health Systms Group, described Memorial as "a progressive hospital that understands the needs for this kind of technology in order to provide the kind of heathcare their community needs. Memorial's selection of this product validates that this technoloy is becoming established in the marketplace, and that its benefits justify the cost."
 Dr. Azcuy intends to capitalize on the technological advantages of Image-MedRecs. The medical records system will be linked with physician offices via Memorial's physical access system. "We plan to have histories and physicals put directly onto the optical disk, where they can be accessed and retrieved by the physician from his office," he explained.
 He also plans to make Medical Records a revenue-generating area. The hospital now pays an outside firm to copy medical records requested by patients, attorneys or insurance companies. Using the system's chart printing capabilities, the hospital not only saves the cost of paying an outside firm, but keeps the revenue generated by supplying records. He estimated that by copying records, "we can come up with quite a substantial amount of money, in the range of $200,000 to $250,000 per year."
 One reason Dr. Azcuy selected Image-MedRecs was the company behind the product. "The people who created the product were a determining factor for me. Everyone involved is first class. This company is going to stay in the market forever, and this was very, very appealing to me. I think we are dealing with the cream of the crop."
 Health Systems Group, a provider of healthcare information management solutions and financial services, employs approximately 1,000 people nationwide and is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. Health Systems Group is a unit of First Data Corporation, which provides high- quality, high-volume information processing and related services to the credit card, consumer funds transfer, telemarketing and teleservices industries. First Data Corporation Common Stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FDC."
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 /CONTACT: Sarah Lane, First Data Corporation Health Systems Group, 704-549-6908/
 (FDC) CO: First Date Corporation, Health Systems Group; Memorial Medical
 Center of Jacksonville ST: North Carolina, Florida IN: HEA SU: CON


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