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New Planning Software From SunGard Availability Services Addresses Business Continuity Requirements of Hospitals
Date:4/3/2009

SunGard Tool Provides Inter-operational Approach to Planning and Recovery that Allows IT and Hospital Operations to Recover Together After Systems Outage

WAYNE, Pa., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- In today's fast-paced healthcare environment, real-time access to medical information and treatment protocols is required to deliver the highest quality of care. LDRPS (Living Disaster Recovery Planning System) for Hospitals, new software from SunGard Availability Services, provides comprehensive business continuity management designed to address the healthcare industry's unique, 24/7 demands for information availability.

The centerpiece of LDRPS for Hospitals is a database that guides business continuity planning and puts a program in place to help IT and hospital operations recover simultaneously after a systems outage. This offering incorporates hospital incident command system methodologies (HICS) to help healthcare providers standardize emergency management plans and procedures. This approach helps ensure all team definitions, reports and job action steps are uniform across the entire organization. The software is also designed to accommodate hospitals' use of rotating staff by allowing pager devices to assist in filling team positions in the event of an outage.

"Data and systems that are quite literally the lifeline of the modern healthcare facility require the smallest of windows possible for recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives," said Brian Turley, senior vice president and general manager, software, at SunGard Availability Services. "Even the shortest IT system malfunction jeopardizes key information, real-time delivery of the most sensitive services and quality of care. A minimal disruption can be too long for medical professionals--and their patients and families."

"Built on 30 years of best practices in the business continuity planning industry, LDRPS for Hospitals will deliver a business continuity approach to help ensure the highest levels of availability and expert support," said Mr. Turley.

Versions of LDRPS for Hospitals will be available with a variety of delivery and functional options, and can be scaled appropriately to fit the needs of healthcare organizations of all sizes. In addition, SunGard Availability Services can host LDRPS for Hospitals at one of its secure data centers located throughout the country. LDRPS for Hospitals is scheduled to be released later in the second quarter of 2009.

To learn more about LDRPS for Hospitals from SunGard Availability Services, visit the SunGard Availability Services booth (#951) at HIMSS 2009, April 4-8, in Chicago, Ill.

About SunGard Availability Services

SunGard Availability Services provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software to more than 10,000 customers in North America and Europe. With four million square feet of datacenter and operations space, SunGard assists IT organizations across virtually all industry and government sectors prepare for and recover from emergencies by helping them minimize their computer downtime and optimize their uptime. Through direct sales and channel partners, we help organizations ensure their people and customers have uninterrupted access to the information systems they need in order to do business. To learn more, visit www.availability.sungard.com or call 1-800-468-7483.

About SunGard

SunGard is one of the world's leading software and IT services companies. SunGard serves more than 25,000 customers in more than 70 countries, including the world's 25 largest financial services companies.

SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, higher education and the public sector. SunGard also provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software.

With annual revenue exceeding $5 billion, SunGard is ranked 472 on the Fortune 500 and is the largest privately held business software and services company on the Forbes list of private businesses. Based on information compiled by Datamonitor*, SunGard is the third largest provider of business applications software after Oracle and SAP. Continuity, Insurance & Risk has recognized SunGard as service provider of the year an unprecedented five times. For more information, please visit SunGard at www.sungard.com.

*January 2009 Technology Vendors Financial Database Tracker http://www.datamonitor.com

Trademark Information: SunGard, the SunGard logo and LDRPS (Living Disaster Recovery Planning System) for Hospitals are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and other countries. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.


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