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Carefx Portal Solution to Deliver First-time, Statewide Access to Patient Data Among Hospitals in the LSU Network

Carefx's portal-based workflow solution will power health information exchange across LSU hospital system for more than 3,200 physicians, residents and fellows

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, February 23, 2010 - Physicians and other medical professionals will be able to access patient information across the 10 rural and metropolitan hospitals in the Louisiana State University health system with the implementation of Fusionfx, an interoperable clinical workflow solution from Carefx Corporation.

Based at the LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport, the portal solution, which LSU calls LSU HealthLink, will aggregate information from two separate data centers and several different applications that support the LSU hospital network. The portal-based view of patient data streamlines the way LSU's more than 1,200 physicians and 2,000 residents and fellows access, interact with and share patient data, helping reduce errors, increase productivity and improve patient care.

"The ability to exchange data between clinicians and between hospitals is extremely important for achieving meaningful use of patient information," said Andrew Hurd, Chairman and CEO of Carefx, a leading provider of interoperable workflow solutions. "By closing the gaps among various information systems and providing access to patient information through a single, integrated portal, the care providers at LSU are able to offer a more consistent, higher quality patient experience."

LSU HealthLink, already fully implemented in the LSU Medical Center emergency department, allows clinicians to access patient information from the separate data repositories in the LSU Health System and brings relevant data from Siemens LCR, Allscripts, LSU's CLIQ and others into a unified portal experience.

"Greater access to patient data allows our physicians to obtain a complete picture of a patient's medical history, therefore aiding them in their medical decision-making and providing more time-effective care," said Dr. Thomas Arnold, Director, LSU emergency department. "Implementing this portal in the LSU's emergency department has already been of great benefit to our providers and patients."

The LSU project with Carefx is an expansion of electronic health record (EHR) accessibility among Louisiana hospitals that began with the Louisiana Rural Health Information Exchange (LAHRIX) in 2008. Using Fusionfx, LARHIX now provides real-time electronic data exchange for the teleconsultation services linking the 24 Northern Louisiana community providers with LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.

"LSU HealthLink is most certainly an example of what could happen in the rest of the state," said Lee Bairnsfather, CIO of LSU Health Sciences Center. "As a state whose medical system has been greatly affected by natural disasters more than once, Louisiana would benefit immensely from an interoperability platform, making portable the data among the various electronic medical systems in the state. Given Carefx's innovative and scalable technology, this is very possible. The Carefx system will help us achieve meaningful use of our patient data."

Moving forward, officials believe that patient data in the LAHRIX clinical portal and LSU Healthlink will be integrated seamlessly into a comprehensive internet accessible information exchange. This integration will improve access to critical patient data for thousands of clinicians as they serve a combined patient population of more than one million Louisiana residents.

About Carefx Corporation

Carefx supports healthcare organizations in achieving their vision of advancing the quality and safety of patient care delivery through its Fusionfx suite of interoperable workflow solutions. Fusionfx streamlines and simplifies clinical and business workflow and connects care providers to the information they need - where, when, and how they need it. By managing care transitions and information gaps between diverse systems, departments and facilities, Fusionfx delivers crucial patient information with speed, efficiency and logic. Carefx supports more than 700 hospitals, health systems, regional health information organizations (RHIOs) and health information exchanges (HIEs) across North America and Europe.

For more information, visit www.carefx.com or contact Carefx at (480) 833-5010 or by email at info@carefx.com.

About the Louisiana State University Health System

LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans educates Louisiana's health care professionals. The state's academic health leader, LSUHSC comprises a School of Medicine, the state's only School of Dentistry, Louisiana's only public School of Public Health, and Schools of Allied Health Professions, Nursing, and Graduate Studies. LSUHSC faculty takes care of patients in public and private hospitals and clinics throughout the region. In the vanguard of biosciences research in a number of areas in a worldwide arena, the LSUHSC research enterprise generates jobs and enormous economic impact, LSUHSC faculty have made lifesaving discoveries and continue to work to prevent, advance treatment, or cure disease.

To learn more, visit http://www.lsuhsc.edu and http://www.twitter.com/LSUHSCHealth.

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