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Collaborative Medicine Soon a Reality for Providers in Southeastern Idaho
Date:1/28/2009

CLEVELAND, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Noteworthy Medical Systems, Inc., announced a partnership today between Portneuf Medical Center, Medical Resources of Idaho (MRI) and the Idaho Association of Physicians (IDAP) to form a community-wide health information exchange for providers in southeastern Idaho. Portneuf Medical Center is the largest non-profit medical center in eastern Idaho for advanced patient care; Idaho Association of Physicians and Medical Resources of Idaho are independent physician associations ("IPAs") representing approximately 200 physicians in the region.

Portneuf Medical Center, MRI and IDAP are providing sponsorship to access Noteworthy's web-based technology. The application will facilitate improved patient care, communications among care givers, and the sharing of detailed clinical data among community providers, the 14 community hospitals in The Hospital Cooperative, and the referring lab and radiology groups, pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers, health plans, and other healthcare data providers in the region. "We anticipate at least 100 physicians signing on within the first six months to experience the immense benefits that Noteworthy's other connected communities already enjoy," said Stephanie Conoley, co-director, Idaho Association of Physicians.

Noteworthy's technology includes a sophisticated electronic health record (EHR), electronic prescribing, and a medical results and workflow manager that can be deployed separately from the EHR. Additionally, the application serves a dual purpose as a turn-key health information exchange (HIE) that allows providers to communicate and share vital clinical information in the context of their daily workflow. The technology enables physicians to electronically share medical charts, manage access to clinical data, manage wellness, send referrals and consults, and communicate within the community of providers. It also allows providers and clinics to electronically communicate with insurers.

"Noteworthy's Connected Care Network is a dream come true for physicians connecting with other providers about the care of their patients. This state- of-the-art technology creates a whole new way of communicating among physicians, hospitals, pharmacies and laboratories. By providing a direct linkage with every provider on the network, our ability to coordinate patient care will be brought into the 21st century," said Ben Call, MD, practicing cardiologist and president of the Idaho Association of Physicians.

Noteworthy's tightly integrated suite of applications was developed to meet the practice management and EHR needs of a physician's practice, in addition to providing a platform for addressing the larger strategic challenges of sharing crucial clinical data between community providers and the collaboration required among providers to treat patients. Providers have access to technology that automates data sharing between care providers, hospitalists and the myriad of data providers nationwide so all the information is in one place -- at their desktop or tablet PC, in an easy-to- use format.

"Introducing Noteworthy's cutting-edge technology into Southeast Idaho is a huge step forward in providing a higher standard in patient care. The ability to have our medical community communicate and share data electronically increases patient satisfaction and vastly improves efficiency," said William Schubert, MD, obstetrics and gynecology, and president of MRI.

According to Paul Ruflin, Noteworthy's president and COO, Noteworthy's application currently manages community health records in 18 communities-some with industry-leading provider participation rates of 85 percent or more. "Because our connected care solution enables wellness reporting and alerting at the physician, clinic and community levels, we are a long-term resource of health information to help providers and healthcare systems enjoy better communication and more informed decision support with their referring and consulting peers and patient population," said Ruflin. "The result is the opportunity for unsurpassed collaborative medicine."

About Portneuf Medical Center

Portneuf Medical Center is the largest not-for-profit medical center in Eastern Idaho for advanced patient care. Portneuf is dedicated to providing compassionate, quality health care services needed by the people of Eastern Idaho in collaboration with other providers and community resources. For more information, contact Amy O'Brien at 208.239.2062 or visit www.portmed.org.

About Idaho Association of Physicians

The Idaho Association of Physicians is a non-profit physician organization founded in 1992 to support private physician practices though group purchasing and practice management education. For more information, contact Shelly Stranski at 208.235.7218.

About Medical Resources of Idaho

Medical Resources of Idaho is an independent physician association owned and operated by local physicians. It was established in 1997 and contracts with major insurance companies for the provision of physician network services as well as data and utilization review and education. For more information, contact Richelle Heldwein at 208.238.1401 or visit www.medicalresourcesofidaho.com.

About Noteworthy Medical Systems, Inc.

Noteworthy Medical Systems, Inc., is a privately held company founded in 1996 and headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, that provides a comprehensive set of tools to effectively manage and facilitate care in the ambulatory setting. Noteworthy's focus is to provide sophisticated applications for doctors' offices as well as the technology to connect physicians, hospitals and healthcare communities for improved care and communication. Noteworthy serves a customer base of more than 1,300 practices, 6,000 healthcare providers and 13,000 users across 43 states. For more information, call 877.891.8777 or visit www.noteworthymedical.com.


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