HIMSS and SEI Information Technology Create Breakthrough Product Centralizing Healthcare-Related IT Knowledge

March 11, 2003

CHICAGO, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and premier IT business solutions provider SEI Information Technology have created the HIMSS Solutions Toolkit(R) ( http://www.solutions-toolkit.org/ ),

CHICAGO, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and premier IT business solutions provider SEI Information Technology have created the HIMSS Solutions Toolkit(R) ( http://www.solutions-toolkit.org/ ), a ground-breaking resource that provides a one-stop shop of healthcare-related IT knowledge for vendors and purchasers.

"Our members expend considerable resources to research and select IT solutions, and must also take into account the strict safety guidelines and federal regulations," says HIMSS CIO and CFO Marcia Zitowsky. "By centralizing and validating meaningful data, the HIMSS Solutions Toolkit will help our members spend less time trying to locate factual information and more time on strategic initiatives."

HIMSS relied on solutions provider SEI to create the HIMSS Solutions Toolkit. The first product of its kind, the Toolkit provides healthcare- related IT resources such as product catalogs, market research, IT operational data for hospitals, and data feeds from leading data sources. SEI was able to integrate the disparate data sources and implement a mechanism to include differing perspectives on vendor and product knowledge -- challenges that had seemed insurmountable in developing such a robust and analytical product.

SEI President and CEO John Jasper remarks, "SEI has a strong tradition of delivering innovative IT solutions, and we're excited to continue this tradition with an organization so committed to delivering value to its members. The HIMSS Solutions Toolkit is a wonderful example of how prudent IT expenditures can yield amazing results -- in addition to helping healthcare organizations improve efficiencies dramatically, the Toolkit generates revenue for HIMSS and reinforces its position as a leader in healthcare for the management of information technology."

Adds Zitowsky, "We couldn't be happier with SEI's exceptional consultants and their ability to understand our business and deliver exactly what we wanted. The product looks like a multimillion dollar product created by a Silicon Valley company, but SEI developed it far less expensively and at an accelerated pace."

About the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) provides leadership in healthcare for the advancement and management of information technology. Headquartered in Chicago, HIMSS provides services to more than 13,000 members, including IT healthcare corporations, firms and professionals from around the globe. Through the collaboration of 41 chapters and 20 special interest groups, HIMSS directs and shapes the healthcare industry, encourages emerging technology and promotes public policies that will improve healthcare delivery. For more information, visit HIMSS at http://www.himss.org/ .

About SEI Information Technology

Founded in 1969, SEI Information Technology is a premier IT business solutions company that delivers high-impact technology solutions and comprehensive user support services. SEI helps its clients conceive and develop core technology solutions, deploy those solutions across the enterprise, and support the user community. This unique, full spectrum perspective allows SEI to provide outstanding strategic, implementation, and operational assistance to companies seeking to create value from IT solutions.

Headquartered in Chicago, SEI employs more than 450 technology and business consulting professionals and has offices in Los Angeles, Oak Brook, IL, Fargo, ND, and Merrillville, IN. To contact SEI, visit http://www.sei-it.com/ on the Web or call (888) 734-7343.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Leftwich Marketing Specialist SEI Information Technology 312-334-1710 lleftwich@sei-it.com www.sei-it.com Ken Krause Tech Image Ltd. 847-632-0040 ext. 228 ken.krause@techimage.com

SEI Information Technology

CONTACT: Lisa Leftwich, Marketing Specialist of SEI Information
Technology, +1-312-334-1710, lleftwich@sei-it.com , or Ken Krause of Tech
Image Ltd., +1-847-632-0040 ext. 228, ken.krause@techimage.com

Web site: http://www.sei-it.com/http://www.solutions-toolkit.org/http://www.himss.org/