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Eclipsys Knowledge-Based Charting Helps Health First Improve Patient-Care Outcomes
Sep 26, 2007 (08:09 AM EDT)


BOCA RATON, Fla., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eclipsys Corporation(R) , The Outcomes Company(R), today announced that Health First, an integrated healthcare delivery system in Rockledge, FL, has achieved notably improved patient-care outcomes using Eclipsys' Knowledge- Based Charting(TM) solution. Health First's results include reduced duplicate documentation, improved interdisciplinary communication and increased patient safety through evidence-based care.

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Comprised of three not-for-profit hospitals -- Cape Canaveral, Holmes Regional Medical Center and Palm Bay Community Hospital -- Health First, named one of the "Most Wired Hospitals" the last three years, implemented Eclipsys Knowledge-Based Charting to supplement an organization-wide effort to realize its vision of setting the standard for safe, effective, patient-centric care.

"Eclipsys' executable clinical content that is embedded within the software and integrated into the clinical workflow provides every level of user a range of flexible content and tools designed to improve outcomes," said Diane Bradley, MD, Eclipsys chief quality and outcomes officer. "The customizable Eclipsys rules engine continuously monitors the electronic medical record and alerts the appropriate clinicians to possible safety issues, enabling clinicians to receive actionable information without having to interrupt the workflow."

To achieve its vision, Health First collaborated with Eclipsys consultants to establish Partnership Councils -- a series of inter-departmental unit-level groups -- that were responsible for guiding the clinical transformation process and customizing a sub-set of guidelines appropriate for each specialty. With their assistance, the Councils worked to drive a cultural change with the staff oriented around evidence-based individualized care plans, standardized practices, and multi-specialty collaboration to ensure adoption across the entire organization.

Within one year, 2,800 clinicians at all three hospitals and ancillary departments-including pharmacy, transcription, ED, labs and radiology-were trained on and had adopted the Eclipsys solution to document patient care across all departments. Since completing the implementation and going live, Health First/Cape Canaveral Hospital has achieved numerous clinical and patient safety outcome improvements, including:

-- Reduction in patient fall rates: * 58% five months post implementation * 92% one year post implementation -- Reduction in pressure ulcer rates: * 55% reduction in pressure ulcer rate post-implementation; maintained reduction two years after go-live * Maintained zero percent pressure ulcer rate for wound sweep post implementation -- Improved efficiency through significant reduction of duplicate documentation -- Recent Joint Commission survey found no RFIs (requirements for improvement) for any patient safety goals

"Eclipsys has been a great partner helping us transform our clinical practices and improve patient care across our entire organization. With Knowledge-Based Charting, our clinicians are now able to easily view all phases of patient care from a single place and can communicate with all other caregivers that touch the patient during their stay," said Janice McCoy MSN, RN, CNAA, vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Cape Canaveral Hospital.

"The solution has also helped positively impact patient satisfaction," added Judy Gizinski, MPH, RHIA, vice president of Information Services at Health First. "By automatically creating individualized care plans in real time, and at the point of care, Knowledge-Based Charting enables nurses to spend more time with patients, and physicians have a comprehensive picture of what care was provided."

Added Bradley, "Eclipsys clients such as Health First are achieving exceptional results using our Outcomes Methodology to transform how care is delivered. Giving our customers the ability to achieve measurable outcomes is the hallmark of what we offer-real, measurable results from systems that help take care delivery to the next level. In the KLAS 2007 Nursing Adoption of IT Study, Eclipsys was the only vendor surveyed achieving balanced rates of adoption for physicians and nurses, which we feel enables the level of coordinated care essential to achieving improved outcomes."

About Health First

Three not-for-profit hospitals -- Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach, Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, and Palm Bay Community Hospital in Palm Bay -- form the core of Health First's family in Brevard County on Florida's Space Coast. Other services include outpatient centers; the county's only trauma center; home care; specialized programs for cancer, diabetes, heart, stroke, and rehabilitative services; central Brevard's largest medical group; three fitness centers; and Medicare Advantage, commercial POS, and commercial HMO health plans.

About Eclipsys

Eclipsys is a leading provider of advanced integrated clinical, revenue cycle and access management software, clinical content and professional services that help healthcare organizations improve clinical, financial, operational and client satisfaction outcomes. For more information, see info@eclipsys.com or email .

Statements in this news release concerning the benefits provided by Eclipsys software and services are forward-looking statements and actual results may differ from those projected due to a variety of risks and uncertainties. Results depend upon a variety of factors and can vary by client. Each client's circumstances are unique and may include unforeseen issues that make it more difficult than anticipated to derive benefit from Eclipsys software or services. The success and timeliness of Eclipsys' CPOE solutions will depend at least in part upon client involvement, which can be difficult to control. More information about company risks is available in recent Form 10-Q and 10-K filings made by Eclipsys from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Special attention is directed to the portions of those documents entitled "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations." Eclipsys Corporation and The Outcomes Company are registered trademarks of Eclipsys Corporation. Knowledge-Based Charting is a trademark of Eclipsys Corporation Other product and company names in this news release are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Eclipsys Jason Cigarran Director of Media Relations (media) (561) 322-4355 jason.cigarran@eclipsys.com Robert J. Colletti Chief Financial Officer (investors) (561) 322-4655

CONTACT: Media, Jason Cigarran, +1-561-322-4355, jason.cigarran@eclipsys.com; or Investors, Robert J. Colletti,+1-561-322-4655, , both of EclipsysCorporation

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