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MEDai Client Named Recipient of 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
Date:1/28/2008

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- MEDai, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, FL, a leading provider of innovative healthcare solutions, announced that its longstanding Pinpoint Quality(TM) client, Sharp HealthCare of San Diego, CA, was awarded the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The Baldrige award is considered the nation's highest Presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence. Congress established the program in 1987 to recognize outstanding achievements in quality in three categories including health care. Organizations that apply are willing to look beyond their own internal self-assessment processes. As part of the application process the Baldrige program examines seven facets of organization and performance, which is then followed by an intense site visit during which feedback regarding potential improvement is given.

Sharp HealthCare is the largest integrated delivery network in San Diego with four acute care hospitals and three specialty hospitals, including the region's only freestanding women's hospital. In addition, Sharp HealthCare provides primary and specialty care for thousands of San Diegans through its affiliated medical groups, urgent care centers, skilled nursing facilities and home health and hospice agencies. Sharp is a longstanding client and user of MEDai's Pinpoint Quality solution. Pinpoint Quality provides a robust powerful reporting environment that supplies clinically relevant data organizations can share with clinicians to improve care, patient satisfaction and operational efficiency.

"Sharp uses MEDai's Pinpoint Quality application to drive performance improvement across the health system, screen large volumes of charts for peer review, and point out statistically significant areas of variability in patient care," said Nancy Pratt, Senior Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness. "Their product has played an important role in our overall quality improvement initiative," she added.

"MEDai congratulates Sharp on this very impressive accomplishment," said Swati Abbott, President of MEDai. "It is an honor to know our decision support and data analytics is part of their overall performance improvement strategy," she added.

About MEDai

MEDai, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elsevier, is a leading health information company offering award-winning solutions for the improvement of healthcare delivery. Utilizing cutting edge technology, payors are able to predict patients at risk, identify cost drivers for their high-risk population, predict future health plan costs, evaluate patient patterns over time, and improve outcomes. For more information about MEDai, visit http://www.medai.com.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70 offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as Science Direct. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/), MDConsult (http://www.mdconsult.com/), Nursing Consult (http://www.nursingconsult.com/) Scopus (http://www.info.scopus.com/), bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com/) is a global business headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc (http://www.reedelsevier.com/), a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high- quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

About Sharp HealthCare

Consistently ranked as the number-one integrated health care system in Southern California by Modern Healthcare, Sharp HealthCare is San Diego's most comprehensive health care delivery system. It is recognized for clinical excellence for services in cardiac, cancer, and multi organ transplantation, as well as orthopaedics, rehabilitation, behavioral health and women's health. The Sharp system includes four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, three affiliated medical groups and a health plan. To learn more about Sharp, visit http://www.sharp.com.

For More Information Contact:

Lizzy A. Feliciano, MBA,

Manager

Marketing & Communications

MEDai, Inc.

800-446-3324


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