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MICRO HEALTHSYSTEMS ANNOUNCES THE SIGNING OF TWO ADDITIONAL CONTRACTS FOR ITS MEDTAKE(R) AUTOMATED BEDSIDE NURSING AND PATIENT CARE

 MICRO HEALTHSYSTEMS ANNOUNCES THE SIGNING OF TWO ADDITIONAL CONTRACTS FOR ITS MEDTAKE(R) AUTOMATED BEDSIDE NURSING AND PATIENT CARE
 WEST ORANGE, N.J., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Micro Healthsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHS), today announced signing contracts with St. Francis Medical Center of Cape Girardeau, Mo. and United Hospital Medical Center of Port Chester, N.Y., for its MedTake(R) Bedside Nursing and Patient Care System.
 After an extensive 1-1/2 year study of point-of-care clinical information systems, Marcia Southard-Ritter, vice president of Patient Care at St. Francis Medical Center, chose MedTake, the most widely used bedside system, distributed by Baxter Healthcare Corporation of Deerfield, Ill., for its manufacturer, MICRO Healthsystems, Inc. of West Orange, N.J.
 Citing the decreased time required for detailed documentation and record-keeping, Diana Glaus, MedTake coordinator, said the system will allow the nurses at the 264-bed medical center to devote more time to patient care. "MedTake's functional keyboard, labeled with essential nursing terminology, simplifies the documentation process," explained Glaus. "And its interface capabilities allow the system to grow with the hospital's needs." The MedTake Bedside System will be interfaced with ADT, Billing, Pharmacy, and Radiology, provided through IBAX Series 4000 software running on an IBM AS/400.
 After a three-month pilot this summer in the Neuroscience Acute Care area, St. Francis will place 250 units in all Medical/Surgical areas and ancillary services. Eventually Glaus anticipates achieving at least a 60 percent reduction in nursing documentation overtime. They are eager to realize the increased efficiencies, improved quality and additional time for direct care activities.
 The United Hospital Medical Center installation for the hospital's 294 beds is to begin this summer and is expected to result in increased nursing productivity, enhanced quality of documentation and significant cost savings.
 Other MedTake customers ordering additional units include Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown, Ky., Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J., Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Mo., Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, N.J., Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, Ill. and St. Joseph's Hospital in Dickinson, N.D.
 St. Joseph's vice president of Patient Care Services, Yvonne Gorecki, described the MedTake installation as "smooth and uncomplicated." "Staff satisfaction with the units is exceptionally high due to the additional time freed up for primary care," Gorecki related. "And our physicians appreciate the more timely and accurate data and the 50 percent decrease in time required to implement their written orders." Interfaces to Pharmacy and ADT will be implemented as soon as the installation of the hospital's IBM AS/400 central computer is completed.
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 /CONTACT: Walter R. Cruickshank, vice president of finance, or S.M. Caravetta, CEO and chairman of MICRO Healthsystems, 201-731-9252/
 (MCHS) CO: MICRO Healthsystems, Inc. ST: New Jersey IN: HEA SU: CON


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