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IBM Announces New Healthcare Industry Solutions Lab in China
Date:5/1/2009

BEIJING, May 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the opening of a Healthcare Industry Solution Lab in Beijing, where IBM will work with hospitals and rural medical cooperatives to make healthcare "smarter" as the Chinese government enacts widespread healthcare reform.

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Experts at IBM's new Healthcare Industry Solution Lab -- which is one of eight IBM solution labs in China -- will work with healthcare providers to adopt digital medical records, which improve patient care while reducing cost and medical errors.

IBM, a leading provider of health information technology around the world, also announced new software solutions to accelerate the adoption of electronic medical records in China. Such smarter healthcare solutions help improve patient care by integrating data - such as family and personal medical histories, lab results, diagnoses and financial information - that sits in isolated and disparate systems across hospitals and health centers. This will allow health-care practitioners to more deeply understand which treatments and medications work best for specific diseases and medical conditions. Through IBM's software, hardware, services and R&D expertise, providers can better serve patients through collaborative, coordinated health systems based on open industry standards.

Much of China faces inaccessible and expensive medical care as large hospitals are overburdened with patients and community healthcare providers remain stagnant. In 2008, the number of Chinese patients seeking emergency medical help totaled 5.1 billion nationwide, and out-patient and emergency medical
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