Siemens Receives CCHIT Certification for INVISION Clinicals With Siemens Pharmacy and Med Administration Check

MALVERN, Pa., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. (www.usa.siemens.com/healthcareit) today announced that INVISION(R) Clinicals V27.0 with Siemens Pharmacy V24.0 and Med Administration Check(TM) V24.0 has achieved full CCHIT Certified(R) status from the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT(R)) and meets CCHIT's inpatient electronic health record (EHR) criteria for 2007. Inpatient EHRs are designed for use in acute care hospitals.

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Siemens received pre-market, conditionally certified status from CCHIT last week for INVISION Clinicals V27.0 with Siemens Pharmacy V24.0 and Med Administration Check(TM) V24.0 and received confirmation from CCHIT this week on the product's now full CCHIT Certified status, as its operational use in a hospital site has been verified. CCHIT -- an independent, nonprofit organization -- is the Recognized Certification Body in the United States for certifying health information technology products.

In addition to meeting foundation standards such as security, certified inpatient products are examined for clinician order entry (often called CPOE) and medication administration capabilities (often called eMAR), including related clinical decision support. As a CCHIT Certified product, INVISION Clinicals V27.0 with Siemens Pharmacy V24.0 and Med Administration Check V24.0 has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of a set of criteria for CPOE and eMAR. Siemens also received full CCHIT Certified status for Soarian(R) Clinicals V2.0C5 with Siemens Pharmacy and Med Administration Check(TM) V24.0 on December 19, 2007.

"We are proud to be the first inpatient vendor to have two CCHIT Certified products and feel that this achievement helps to demonstrate our decades of experience in the healthcare IT industry," stated Janet Dillione, chief executive officer, Health Services, Siemens Medical Solutions. "Our Soarian and INVISION solutions help many of our customers achieve positive outcomes related to patient safety and operational efficiency on a daily basis. We look forward to continuing to help our customers in delivering the highest quality of healthcare to their patients through the help of innovative healthcare IT solutions."

Siemens announced the general availability of INVISION V27.0 in December 2007 which allowed INVISION customers to take advantage of many platform, database and application upgrades that would further assist these healthcare organizations in streamlining the sharing of crucial information across clinical, financial, and administrative functions throughout the enterprise. The newest version was also updated to better support patient safety initiatives by offering enhanced allergy information designed to improve clinical checking.

The CCHIT Certified mark -- a "seal of approval" for EHR products -- provides the first consensus-based, government-recognized benchmark for inpatient EHR products. By looking to products with the CCHIT Certified seal,

acute care providers can reduce their risk in selecting EHR products for CPOE and eMAR.

CCHIT's certification compliance criteria and its design for a certification inspection process have been thoroughly researched, taking into account the state of the art of EHRs and available standards, and comparing certification processes in other industries and other countries.

About Siemens Healthcare

Siemens Healthcare is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. The company is a renowned medical solutions provider with core competence and innovative strength in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies as well as in knowledge engineering, including information technology and system integration. With its laboratory diagnostics acquisitions, Siemens Healthcare will be the first fully integrated diagnostics company, bringing together imaging and lab diagnostics, therapy, and healthcare information technology solutions, supplemented by consulting and support services. Siemens Healthcare delivers solutions across the entire continuum of care -- from prevention and early detection, to diagnosis, therapy and care. The company employs more than 49,000 people worldwide and operates in 130 countries. In the fiscal year 2007 (Sept. 30), Siemens Healthcare reported sales of euro 9.85, orders of euro 10.27 billion, and group profit of euro 1.32 billion. Further information can be found by visiting www.siemens.com/healthcare.

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT(R)) is an independent, nonprofit organization that has been named by the federal government as the Recognized Certification Body for health information technology. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of health information technology by creating a credible, sustainable certification program. The certification requirements are based on widely accepted industry standards and involve the work of hundreds of expert volunteers and input from a variety of stakeholders throughout the health care industry. More information on CCHIT and CCHIT Certified(R) products is available at www.cchit.org.

"CCHIT(R)" and "CCHIT Certified(R)" are marks of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.

SOURCE Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.

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