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Siemens Congratulates Kenneth R. Bertka, M.D., Recipient of 2007 AMDIS Award
Date:9/11/2007

Award recognizes excellence and outstanding achievement in applied medical

informatics

MALVERN, Pa., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Siemens Medical Solutions (http://www.usa.siemens.com/healthcareit) congratulates Dr. Kenneth R. Bertka, chief medical information officer, Catholic Healthcare Partners, Northern Division, Toledo, on receiving one of the 2007 Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) Awards, which recognizes individuals for excellence and outstanding achievement in applied medical informatics. As one of only 6 award recipients, Dr. Bertka was honored for his successful deployment of a computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system and dedication to other physician information technology (IT) initiatives in 2006 while serving as regional medical director of information and process services for Mercy Health Partners (MHP), based in Toledo, Ohio.

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During his tenure at MHP, Dr. Bertka developed and chaired the physician design committee and championed the successful roll-out of Siemens Medical Solutions INVISION(R) CPOE across four of MHP's community hospitals. Just last year, more than 1,000 community physicians and 350 resident physicians entered orders through the CPOE system.

Dr. Bertka was also influential in many CPOE-related initiatives once the system was in place at all facilities including: the creation of a regional process to develop evidence-based clinical guidelines and order sets across the four MHP facilities live on CPOE, resulting in the availability of more than 700 order sets; incorporation of complex order sets, such as pediatric weight-based dosing and chemotherapy orders, into the CPOE system; development of a pathway for medical students to submit orders through a test mode for attending and resident physicians to then review and incorporate into active orders, if appropriate; design of a verbal order signature function to meet a new requirement that all verbal orders, when used, had to be signed within 48 hours, resulting in 46% increase in compliance within the first six weeks of implementation; and implementation of several clinical support alerts, including duplicate order alerts, duplicate class alerts, pneumococcal and influenza vaccine reminders, CHF reminders and restraint reminders.

In addition to his involvement with MHP's CPOE plan, Dr. Bertka also played an integral role in other IT initiatives at MHP. First, he established a regional committee that worked to set the IT strategy and priorities for all of MHP's facilities. He also piloted several of MHP's IT programs in his private office, such as portal, lab notification, picture archives and communication system (PACS), online signatures and online dictation editing. Dr. Bertka is also a strong advocate of the use of electronic medical records (EMR) in ambulatory settings. Presently, he is leading an initiative to make an EMR system available to small- and medium-sized physician practices in northwest Ohio.

"It has been an honor to work so closely with Dr. Bertka over the years, and we could not be happier over his recent industry recognition," stated Don Rucker, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer, Siemens Medical Solutions. "We enjoy being able to collaborate with those who are dedicated to the advancement and use of healthcare IT to help improve patient safety and care, and Dr. Bertka strongly demonstrates this through everything he does. I could not think of anyone more deserving of this award."

Dr. Bertka is co-editor and co-education director of The Core Content Review of Family Medicine, and is a past president of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians. He serves as chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians' (AAFP) Commission of Membership and Member Services, and is a candidate for the AAFP Board of Directors. Dr. Bertka also currently serves as a clinical associate professor for the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Toledo's College of Medicine. Dr. Bertka received a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Toledo and a medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He completed a fellowship in family medicine faculty development at Michigan State University, and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems.

About AMDIS

The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems is the premier non profit physician membership organization dedicated to advance the field of applied medical informatics and improve the practice of medicine through direct physician use of information technology. AMDIS has more than 1,800 members worldwide and is the home of the "connected" CMIO. Visit http://www.amdis.org for more information.

About Siemens Medical Solutions

Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, healthcare information systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes. Recent acquisitions in the area of in-vitro diagnostics - such as Diagnostic Products Corporation and Bayer Diagnostics - mark a significant milestone for Siemens as it becomes the first full service diagnostics company. Employing more than 41,000 people worldwide and operating in over 130 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 8.23 billion EUR, orders of 9.33 billion EUR and group profit of 1.06 billion EUR for fiscal 2006 (Sept. 30). Further information can be found by visiting http://www.usa.siemens.com/medical-pressroom.


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