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Botsford News Release

Botsford�s Emergency Department Goes Live with Information System

Farmington Hills, MI (March 9, 2006)--- On March 21, Botsford General Hospital will go live with the implementation of its Emergency Department Information System, an electronic medical records program. The system, A4 HealthMatics, is a computer program that allows physicians, nurses and other hospital staff to more effectively track patient information and improve patient care. This information system will be the tracking port of everything and everyone coming through the Emergency Department.

David Walters, D.O., Botsford’s Department Chair of Emergency Medicine, says, “The A4 system is essentially a customizable template that hospitals can tailor to best fit their practices. Since all hospitals have different set-ups from the layout of their emergency departments to general procedures, this system was tailored to meet our needs.”

The A4 HealthMatics’ system will allow the medical staff to easily and efficiently access vital patient information. The computer program will also eliminate errors that are often associated with bad handwriting on paper charts. In addition, with the click of a button, physicians will more readily be able to review past records of a patient.

Botsford began the search for an Emergency Department system in the spring of 2004 and signed the contract with A4 Health Systems, a leading provider of health care IT solutions, last April. Since then, Botsford has been in a “test mode”- training medical staff to utilize this new paperless system. Dr. Walters says, “We have spent months preparing and are confident we will have a smooth transition.”

The Botsford Health Care Continuum is an integrated system of care which includes Botsford General Hospital, the Botsford Physician Network, Community Emergency Medical Service, the Botsford Continuing Care Corporation and the Botsford Center for Health Improvement. The Botsford site on the internet is www.botsford.org.

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