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ChartMaxx(R) Chosen as Electronic Patient Record Solution by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


CINCINNATI, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- MedPlus(R), a leading provider of clinical connectivity and data management solutions for healthcare organizations and clinicians, announced today that Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has selected ChartMaxx(R) as its

CINCINNATI, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- MedPlus(R), a leading provider of clinical connectivity and data management solutions for healthcare organizations and clinicians, announced today that Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has selected ChartMaxx(R) as its enterprise-wide electronic patient record solution. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is the fifth children's hospital in the United States to select ChartMaxx for efficient record management and is one of the nation's leading pediatric healthcare systems. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has been recognized for excellence in cardiac, cancer and transplant services, as well as in many other pediatric specialties.

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Children's Healthcare of Atlanta will deploy ChartMaxx in all clinical areas across its two hospitals and ambulatory sites, including the health information departments and the emergency room. Its 1,287 physicians will utilize ChartMaxx and its electronic signature feature to complete charts via the Internet. ChartMaxx will integrate with Children's of Atlanta's current legacy systems, bringing all information into one central view, and helping to ease the frustrations that result from utilizing disparate systems.

"One of the frustrations we have faced when implementing systems is the constant modifications necessary to maintain a smooth flow of information among all of our clinical sites," said Ellen Wright, Director of Health Information Services at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. "We believe ChartMaxx will be a nice complement to our overall electronic strategy of bringing all clinical information in our current systems and paper files into one complete electronic system, accessible on-line from all clinical locations."

ChartMaxx is an enterprise-wide electronic patient record solution, enabling organizations to create and manage an electronic repository comprised of clinical, financial and administrative information. ChartMaxx provides instant, concurrent access to electronic patient records, enabling authorized users to save time as they complete patients' charts on-line. Other children's hospitals to select ChartMaxx include Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Children's Hospital and Health Center of San Diego and Children's Hospital of Central California.

"ChartMaxx has a proven track record of successfully integrating with legacy systems at other children's hospitals and we truly believe Children's Healthcare of Atlanta will realize similar success," said Richard A. Mahoney, President of MedPlus. "ChartMaxx users have instant, electronic access to all available information on a patient, eliminating the need for users to visit multiple systems. With time saved, pediatric healthcare organizations can focus on what's most important-providing exceptional care to sick children."

MedPlus is exhibiting at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Monday, February 23 - Thursday, February 26. MedPlus will be demonstrating its ChartMaxx and eMaxx(R) products in booth number 2663 during established exhibit hours.

About Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is a not-for-profit organization with 430 licensed beds in two children's hospitals and 16 satellite locations around metro Atlanta including five immediate care centers, four primary care centers and other facilities providing Outpatient Rehabilitation and other specialty care. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta reaches out to 1,287 physicians, representing some 30 pediatric specialties. This busy facility has a 400,000 annual patient visit record and since 1988 has performed more than 145 heart transplants. The Sibley Heart Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is one of the country's largest pediatric heart programs. As a nonprofit organization, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta benefits from the generous charitable and volunteer support of the surrounding community and state (20,000 volunteers,) allowing the facility to help families who are unable to afford the care their child needs.

About MedPlus

MedPlus(R) is a leading developer and integrator of clinical connectivity and data management solutions for healthcare organizations and clinicians. These solutions efficiently and securely collect, store, manage and retrieve clinical information within an organization, enterprise or community via virtual private networks and/or the Internet. MedPlus solutions, including ChartMaxx(R) (electronic patient record solution) and eMaxx(R) (physician- focused clinical integration portal solution) have been implemented in more than 125 hospitals throughout North America. MedPlus is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at http://www.medplus.com/ .

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