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Vitria Announces New Solution Enabling Healthcare Payers To More Accurately Predict and Manage Costs


SAN DIEGO, HEALTHCARE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS SOCIETY CONFERENCE, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Vitria(R) , the leading provider of business process integration solutions, today announced Vitria's Care Integrator(TM), a unique care management

SAN DIEGO, HEALTHCARE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS SOCIETY CONFERENCE, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Vitria(R) , the leading provider of business process integration solutions, today announced Vitria's Care Integrator(TM), a unique care management solution that combines medical management functionality with systems and business process integration from a single vendor. Care Integrator delivers out-of-the-box care management capabilities including: risk stratification and patient identification; utilization and case management workflow; decision support and content, including pre-built dynamic care plans; and outcomes and productivity reporting. With this solution, healthcare payers will realize a significant Return On Investment (ROI) through greater cost predictability, better cost management, and increased staff productivity.

Vitria's Care Integrator supports member connectivity and real-time system and process integration through an integration server foundation, based on Vitria's award-winning BusinessWare(R) platform. Care Integrator builds on an organization's existing legacy systems and applications, minimizing the need for new Information Technology (IT) investments and maximizing future flexibility. This foundation is coupled with a browser-based application, making extensibility outside of the payer to providers and members seamless and cost effective.

"We believe integrated care management is well-positioned to emerge as the next big thing in healthcare technology," said Laurie Ingram, senior program director at META Group. "Without seamless access to real-time information, payers are limited in their ability to predict and manage soaring medical costs. An approach that combines predictive modeling and care management with real-time data and process should enable payers to identify risk earlier and manage care more efficiently."

"Many healthcare payers are currently invested in custom or standalone medical management applications they thought would help predict and manage costs in a timely fashion," said Bob Golladay, vice president of Healthcare, Vitria. "However, problems arose once they had to integrate these applications with their existing processes and data. Point solutions are notoriously difficult to integrate, much less extend outside a payer's walls, making them expensive and complicated to maintain. Vitria's Care Integrator is a response to this ongoing problem. Our solution enables healthcare payers to easily incorporate data from existing third-party sources, providing an early-warning system for medical risk. Predictive modeling coupled with real-time data and business process integration delivers on the desire to enable proactive medical management. Additionally, the solution allows care management personnel to interact cost-effectively with providers and to involve members directly in their care process."

Enables Automated Management of High Risk Patients

The Care Integrator solution is designed to identify high-risk patients via clinical diagnosis and health risk assessment. Business rules route patients and requests for cases, utilization management (UM) events and care management programs to care managers. Comprehensive and personalized care plans are automatically generated for each identified patient that includes medical tasks necessary for patients to reach desired health goals. Care Integrator reduces both claims and administrative costs while focusing on positive impact to a patient's health.

Additional benefits include outcomes and productivity reporting, self-guided member management, real-time provider connectivity, and increased accessibility to evidence-based guidelines. Vitria's Care Integrator is unique, providing a best in class medical management solution with unsurpassed business process management and data integration capabilities, resulting in a holistic view of the patient for better management, lower costs, and improved outcomes.

Also announced today is Vitria's Claims Trading Manager healthcare solution. Please see today's related press release.

Vitria Solutions Showcased At HIMSS

View Vitria's solutions at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society Conference (HIMSS), Feb. 10-15 at the San Diego Convention Center, booth 4400 in San Diego, California.

About Vitria's Healthcare Solutions

Vitria's healthcare solutions, based on the BusinessWare(R) business process integration platform, streamline healthcare administration, simplify deployment, reduce costs and improve business competitiveness. Vitria's specific healthcare solutions include Care Integrator(TM), Claims Transaction Manager(TM), Vitria's Collaborative Application(TM) (VCA) for HIPAA, and HIPAA Fast Forward(TM). Leading healthcare companies are using Vitria solutions, including Availity, Aventis, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Cardinal Health, Guardian, Humana, Mennonite Mutual Aid, and PacifiCare Health Systems.

About Vitria

Vitria is the leading provider of business process integration solutions. The company pioneered the enterprise application integration market in 1994 and the use of business process management in 1997, and is now the first integration solution provider to solve integration challenges through collaborative applications. With 35 offices around the world, Vitria's customer base includes such companies as Bell South, The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, BP, DaimlerChrysler Bank, Dana, Generali, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, PacifiCare Health Systems, Reynolds and Reynolds, Schneider Logistics, Sprint, Trane, and Trans Union, and the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veteran's Affairs. For more information call +1-408-212-2700, email info@vitria.com or visit www.vitria.com.

NOTE: Vitria, BusinessWare, Care Integrator, Claims Transaction Manager, HIPAA Fast Forward and Vitria's Collaborative Application (VCA) for HIPAA are trademarks or registered trademarks of Vitria Technology, Inc. All other product and company names mentioned are the property of their respective owners and are mentioned for identification purposes only.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements:

This press release includes forward-looking statements, including statements relating to new products, future revenue growth, goals and future business opportunities that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those referred to in the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: failure to meet financial and product expectations of analysts and investors: risk related to market acceptance of Vitria's products and alliance partners' products; deployment delays or errors associated with these and other products of Vitria and partners; hardware platform incompatibilities; the need to maintain and enhance certain business relationships with system integrators and other parties; the ability to manage growth; activities by Vitria and others regarding protection of proprietary information; release of competitive products and other actions by competitors; risks associated with possible delisting from the stock market on which Vitria's securities are listed; and economic conditions in domestic and foreign markets. These and other risks related to Vitria are detailed in Vitria's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2001, filed with the SEC on March 29, 2002, and in Vitria's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC. The final decisions regarding specific features, pricing, and availability of the products mentioned in the press release are to be determined at the sole discretion of the Company. Vitria does not undertake an obligation to update forward-looking statements.


CONTACT: Stephanie Von Allmen of FitzGerald Communications,
+1-650-264-1424, or svonallmen@fitzgerald.com, for Vitria; or Caroline Japic
of Vitria, +1-650-619-4162, or cjapic@vitria.com

Web site: http://www.vitria.com/




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