LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Anthony C. Dike, MD, Chairman and CEO of InterCare DX, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: ICCO) announced today that the company will participate in the HIMSS 2004 Annual Conference, which will be held at the Orange
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Anthony C. Dike, MD, Chairman and CEO of InterCare DX, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: ICCO) announced today that the company will participate in the HIMSS 2004 Annual Conference, which will be held at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida February 22-26, 2004. HIMSS (Health Information and Management Systems Society) is the premier source for healthcare IT information. HIMSS' industry intelligence empowers you to ask the right questions and implement the right solutions. At the conference (Booth 1669), InterCare will demonstrate the latest version of its InterCare Clinical Explorer (TM) (ICE(TM)), an innovative and robust software suite designed for integrated management of the healthcare enterprise, from medical history to diagnosis and treatment through billing. InterCare is the exclusive value-added reseller of ICE(TM) under an agreement with Meridian Holdings, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: MRDH) .
ICE(TM)'s extensive, scalable system flexibility allows its adaptation to clinical workflow, operating independently in centralized and decentralized facilities. The program features intuitive order entry, "tapering" orders, a clinical knowledge base, digital video enhanced patient education module, real-time electro-physiological data capture and display, voice command, voice recognition, digital dictation module and numerous other capabilities to complement and document the diagnostic and treatment processes, including unlimited free-text notes. ICE(TM) is available for both inpatient and outpatient clinical documentation, thus enabling healthcare providers to create a life-time longitudinal multimedia patient clinical record.
Also available within ICE(TM) is the patient centric interface also known as "PR-ICE(TM)" which is based on a small USB hard-drive device designed to be carried by all insured persons and incorporating biometric authentication for access to health care services and medical records; and a full menu of back- office support services to increase administrative accuracy and efficiency. Through a customized web browser or patient portal, patient can update their medical records, schedule appointment with their primary care physicians, and verify their eligibility status in real time.
ICE(TM) provides practical business solutions, including off-site data collection, replication and storage custom-tailored to current health care environments, in which error reduction, medical necessity checking, HIPAA compliance and revenue loss reduction are essential. The software meets HL-7 standards, operating as a stand-alone system or integrated with other Legacy or third-party healthcare applications.
The strength of the ICE(TM) application is derived from differentiated core technologies consisting of the following: Microsoft OCX, GRID, SQL Server and PUSH technologies. The system provides real-time information to physicians, patient and other healthcare providers on a need-to-know basis. Maximized information displays increase workflow efficiency by minimizing mouse clicks and screen changes.
Also, the Company has elected to hold its 2003 Annual Shareholder meeting on March 6, 2004, at the Corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, California. At the meeting, the Company will also demonstrate to the shareholders, the ICE(TM) software application. Details of the meeting including the definitive proxy material can be viewed at SEC Edgar website at http://www.sec.gov/ .
"ICE(TM) is specifically designed to provide one single cost-effective solution to meet the exacting demands of today's healthcare environments," said Dike. "With an estimated 98,000 deaths per year attributable to medical error, public pressure is causing healthcare organizations to investigate how they can improve the quality of care, including patient and medication safety, through a combination of procedural changes and better use of information technology. In such an environment, ICE(TM) becomes one of the best total solutions to a multifaceted and critical problem," Dike said.
About InterCare DX
InterCare DX, Inc. an affiliate of Meridian Holdings, Inc., developed and markets under an exclusive value-added reseller agreement InterCare Clinical Explorer (TM) (ICE(TM)), an innovative, robust and totally scalable software application designed to integrate every aspect of the healthcare enterprise. InterCare provides implementation and support for the ICE(TM), which is used to document and track inpatient and outpatient diagnoses and treatment modalities in various healthcare environments, ranging from individual practices to entire hospital systems. For more information about the company and its products and services, visit http://www.intercare.com/ .
About Meridian Holdings, Inc.
Meridian Holdings, Inc. is a Healthcare Services and Technology Company. Meridian's network of affiliated companies is designed to encourage maximum leverage of information technology, operational excellence, industry expertise, and synergistic business opportunities. Meridian is committed to building shareholder value by positioning affiliated companies as independent business entities in which Meridian shareholders enjoy equity participation. Learn more about the company and its affiliated entities, including CGI Communications Services, Inc. and InterCare DX, Inc. by visiting Meridian's web site at http://www.meho.com/ .
Also, periodic reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission by InterCare and Meridian, including their annual reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003, may be viewed at http://www.sec.gov/ .
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InterCare DX, Inc.
CONTACT: Anthony C. Dike, M.D. of InterCare DX, Inc., +1-213-627-8878
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