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US Oncology Named 2009 Laureate by IDG Computerworld Honors Program

PatientRM interactive software collects, manages and analyzes patient cases from across the country to advance cancer care in America

HOUSTON, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- US Oncology, Inc., the innovative healthcare company supporting the nation's foremost cancer treatment and research network has been recognized as a Laureate by the International Data Group (IDG) Computerworld Honors Program for its interactive patient management software program, PatientRM.

Working with Deloitte Consulting, US Oncology developed PatientRM as a cost effective technology-based solution utilizing a single Siebel-based platform. The software serves four unique patient-centric businesses: AccessMED(TM), Innovent Oncology, OncologyRx Care Advantage(TM) and Oncology Reimbursement Solutions, and has the capability of collecting, managing and analyzing data on hundreds of thousands of similar and dissimilar patient cases from across the country. The program is also useful in ensuring quality and effective cancer care management throughout the course of a patient's treatment.

"US Oncology is committed to the design, development and use of innovative technology that helps to advance cancer care in America," says Bruce Broussard, president and CEO of US Oncology. "The unique elements of the PatientRM system will help drive the quality, consistency and effectiveness of patient services within and outside of the US Oncology network."

"Globally, the information gathered by the PatientRM solution can be used by our customers in the oncology industry, including researchers, manufacturers, providers, payers, legislators, and others concerned with quality cancer care to enhance patient access and adherence so that we can save more lives from cancer," says Todd Schonherz, senior vice president and chief information officer at US Oncology, Inc.

PatientRM has shared capabilities that help to manage individual patient cases, activities and content; share data; develop documents; and ensure HIPAA compliance. Each business unit also uses the system to address its unique needs.

The system is integral to the Innovent Oncology Patient Support Services and Advance Care Planning programs. With the ability to maintain more than 3,000 patient-focused, evidence-based education materials, and, support ongoing nursing interventions that empower patients and promote the physician-patient relationship, quality of care can be enhanced for all patients served. Specialty drug regimens and compliance can also be tracked accurately for OncologyRx Care Advantage(TM) to guide patients through the various stages of treatment; and financial counselors, practice administrators, nurses and providers can access reimbursement and patient support services through the AccessMED(TM) call center, or through various innovative 24/7 self-service Web portals that support individual products.

The program also helps healthcare professionals review patients' drug insurance benefit structures and financial situations to help identify and acquire financial assistance when necessary. In 2008 alone, US Oncology successfully secured more than $22 million in patient support assistance through Oncology Reimbursement Solutions Patient Assistance Support, helping to increase patient access to innovative therapies to increase survivorship and quality of life.

This year's Computerworld Honors Program Laureate Honorees will be commemorated during the 21ST Annual Laureates Ceremony & Gala Awards evening on June 1, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington DC. For over two decades, Computerworld Honors has acknowledged those individuals and organizations that have used information technology to benefit society. At the event, Schonherz will represent the team who worked for more than 15 months to design the PatientRM platform.

"Each year, the Computerworld Honors Program seeks to recognize organizations from a variety of sectors for their ongoing efforts to utilize technology in order to benefit society," said Ron Milton, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation and Executive Vice President of Computerworld. "We are proud to provide a platform to publicly acknowledge these contributions."

The Computerworld Honors Program recognizes the most outstanding user achievements in technology each year. The technology achievements honored by this program are preserved and protected in national archives and in over 350 universities, museums, and research institutions throughout the world.

Each year, members of the Chairman's Committee, a group of 100 Chairman/CEOs of global technology companies, nominates individuals and organizations around the world whose visionary applications of information technology promotes positive social and economic progress.

About US Oncology

US Oncology, Inc., headquartered in the Houston area, works closely with physicians, payers, manufacturers and legislators to identify and deliver innovative services that enhance patient access to advanced cancer care. US Oncology supports one of the nation's foremost cancer treatment and research networks, accelerating the availability and use of evidence-based medicine and shared best practices.

US Oncology uses its expertise to support every aspect of the cancer care delivery system - from drug development to distribution and outcomes measurement - enabling the company to help increase the efficiency and safety of cancer care. As of to the company's last quarterly earnings report, US Oncology is affiliated with 1,227 physicians operating in 468 locations, including 95 radiation oncology facilities in 39 states. For more information, visit the company's Web site,

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (, weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media awards, including Folio Magazine's 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for the best technology/computing magazine, the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In addition, in 2007 Computerworld's then editor in chief, Don Tennant, received the prestigious Timothy White Award from American Business Media. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 2 million unique, monthly visitors and a print audience of 1,222,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2007).

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers and decision makers.

IDG is a leader producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at Note: all product and company names are trademarks of their respective companies.

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