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St. Luke's Episcopal Health System Selects Picis to Automate its Emergency Departments; Agreement includes main Texas Medical Center Campus and three additional sites.

WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- After reviewing proposals from approximately ten healthcare software companies, officials at St. Luke's Episcopal Health System in Houston, Texas, selected the Ibex PulseCheck(R) emergency department information system (EDIS) to computerize its two emergency departments and two minor emergency clinics. The four facilities see 95,000-100,000 emergency patients per year.

"We established stiff criteria for our emergency department information system," says James Lawson, IS project manager for St. Luke's Episcopal Health System. "After an extensive and comprehensive examination of systems, we determined that Ibex PulseCheck contained the functionality and multifacility implementation experience necessary to meet the demands of our emergency departments and minor care clinics."

Ibex PulseCheck's patient tracking and reporting, nursing and physician documentation (with risk management) and facility and physician charge by documentation modules will be installed at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston and St. Luke's Community Medical Center--The Woodlands, located 15 miles north of Houston. In addition, the EDIS will be implemented at two minor emergency clinics in the Holcombe and San Felipe sections of Houston. The system will be interfacing with the McKesson ADT and clinical systems.

"Ibex PulseCheck's multifacility capabilities have been demonstrated in a number of hospital systems throughout the country," says Mark D. Crockett, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., president of Picis' Emergency Care Division. "The Web browser-based platform and modular design make it much easier for a hospital system to automate several high volume facilities. St. Luke's Episcopal Health System will soon be able to realize improved patient throughput, increased patient safety and satisfaction with the implementation of Ibex PulseCheck. In addition, Picis' proven integration with all the leading enterprise hospital information systems like McKesson brings the best of both worlds to St. Luke's - the leading EDIS product on the market along with full interoperability with the hospital's enterprise systems."

Picis is currently providing high acuity automation in the operating rooms and intensive care units at three other Texas Medical Center facilities including Texas Children's Hospital, The Methodist Hospital and The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. The Texas Medical Center is made up of 42 member institutions including 13 hospitals and two specialty institutions, two medical schools, four nursing schools, and schools of dentistry, public health, and pharmacy, among other health-related educational institutions.

About St. Luke's Episcopal Health System

St. Luke's Episcopal Health System comprises the flagship St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, founded in 1954 by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas; St. Luke's Community Medical Center-The Woodlands, opened in 2003; St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities, a charity devoted to assessing and enhancing community health, especially among the underserved; and Kelsey-Seybold Management, LLP, overseeing 21 area clinic locations. St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital is home to the Texas Heart Institute, founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD, and consistently ranked among the top 10 cardiology and heart surgery centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Affiliated with several nursing schools and two medical schools, St. Luke's serves as the primary private adult teaching hospital for Baylor College of Medicine. St. Luke's was the first hospital in Texas named a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, and the Health System has been recognized by Fortune as among "100 Best Companies to Work For" (2002, 2004 and 2005) and by Houston Business Journal as one of the top employers in Houston.

About Picis

Picis delivers proven best-in-cluster solutions for high-acuity care areas -- the emergency department, the operating room and the intensive care unit. In July 2004, Picis merged with Ibex, the leading provider of emergency department systems. Picis' systems are installed in more than 900 medical centers and IDNs worldwide, automating more surgical procedures, emergency visits and intensive care stays than any other system in the world. Clients include HCA; Health Management Associates, Inc.; the Mayo Clinic; MedStar Health; the Methodist Hospital in Houston; Mt. Sinai Medical Center; the National Health Service of the United Kingdom; NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System; Rush University Medical Center; Stanford University Medical Center; Sutter Health; and the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Picis has received numerous awards, including those from Microsoft, Ernst & Young, HCIT Research, Healthcare Informatics and Frost and Sullivan. Headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts, Picis maintains partnerships with IDX Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: IDXC) and Lawson Software (NASDAQ: LWSN). More information is available at www.picis.com.
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