June 26, 2006 at 06:00 AM EDT
UPMC Adopts TheraDoc System to Improve Infection Reporting and Patient Safety

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is implementing a suite of clinical decision-support software provided by TheraDoc(R) Inc. Already a leader in patient care and safety, UPMC will be able to further automate data collection to improve patient outcomes, accelerate infection control and streamline infection reporting required by the state of Pennsylvania.

Well known for using advanced information technologies to transform health care, UPMC is implementing TheraDoc's Expert System Platform(R) (ESP), Antibiotic Assistant(R), Infection Control Assistant(TM) and Intervention Assistant(TM) to improve information available to clinicians at the point of care.

UPMC has also made a significant investment in TheraDoc and will work with the company to add new capabilities to its products. UPMC's investment is part of its broader strategy to nurture and create businesses and commercial partnerships that leverage the medical center's health care, technology and management expertise. Through its Office of Strategic Business Initiatives, UPMC's commercialization efforts will create new revenue streams that help to support its core patient care and research missions.

UPMC conducted an extensive search for technology that would enable efficient compliance with increasing federal and state infection reporting requirements. With the most comprehensive solution for automating such reporting, TheraDoc also provides tools to proactively reduce and prevent health care-associated infections. "TheraDoc stood out with its real-time infection data and decision-making tools that quickly show important trends and improve care for individual patients," said Tami Merryman, vice president for UPMC's Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation.

At UPMC, TheraDoc's software will automate infection surveillance and provide seamless access to historical and emerging patient information -- on-site and in real-time. It will document and alert clinicians to changes in patient status and push information to the point of care, including therapeutic recommendations supported by evidence-based medical knowledge.

Stan Pestotnik, president and co-founder at TheraDoc, stated, "We are honored to support UPMC's mission to provide outstanding patient care and shape tomorrow's health system." Pestotnik noted that TheraDoc's software would help UPMC maintain its high standards of care by increasing its power to significantly improve patient safety, decrease medical errors and reduce associated costs. He further stated, "With Pennsylvania at the center of a nation responding to the problem of health care-associated infections, UPMC will be able to better manage and prevent infectious diseases, as well as meet mandatory state reporting requirements."

TheraDoc currently licenses its expert system technology to 114 facilities in 23 states.

About the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

UPMC is the premier health system in western Pennsylvania and one of the most renowned academic medical centers in the United States. With nearly $6 billion in assets and 40,000 employees, it covers the full spectrum of health care delivery and financing with its network of 19 tertiary, specialty and community hospitals, more than 400 outpatient sites and doctors' offices, long-term care facilities and an insurance division.

On the Net: UPMC site: http://aboutupmc.upmc.com/

About TheraDoc Inc.

TheraDoc is a medical informatics company dedicated to improving the quality, efficiency and safety of patient care through enhanced clinical decision making. TheraDoc improves clinical and financial outcomes and provides innovative, best-in-class solutions to a range of provider and payer organizations, including some of the United States' most-renowned health care institutions. With clinical transparency, TheraDoc's technologies seamlessly place mission-critical knowledge at the clinician's fingertips, helping them confidently manage multiple processes of care across multiple conditions and diseases. Its strict adherence to medical informatics standards enables connectivity and interoperability with any hospital's disparate health information systems.

Founded in 1999, TheraDoc designs, develops and supports a suite of clinical decisions support technologies utilizing inference engines that enable its real-time solutions. TheraDoc's founders and core medical informatics team are internationally recognized for their pioneering and continuing work in medical expert systems. Their experience in clinical decision support design and development spans two decades.

On the Net: www.theradoc.com

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