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[February 11, 2005]

Care Fusion Adapts wCareAssist to Download Vital Signs into Electronic Medical Records with GE Healthcare's DINAMAP Monitors

MCLEAN, Va. --(Business Wire)-- Feb. 11, 2005 -- New Solution Streamlines Cumbersome Paper Transcription Process

Care Fusion, Inc. announced today that it has adapted wCareAssist(TM) to communicate with GE Healthcare's DINAMAP(R) Pro 100-400 Series vital signs monitors. The new application is on display at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's (HIMSS) conference being held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, TX February 14-17.

Vital sign recordings are traditionally a cumbersome process, which often require manually entering the patient information several times on to paper charts before finally adding them into the Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Using wCareAssist with DINAMAP monitors will require fewer steps, allowing clinicians to directly and safely transfer the patient data into an EMR and without moving an entire workstation to the patient's bedside. The application utilizes barcode technology to verify patient identification information.

"By automatically capturing vital signs, we are increasing patient safety by eliminating all manual transcriptions, which traditionally has been a point of failure in the process," states Ken Tighe, CEO of Care Fusion.

wCareAssist(TM) runs on a handheld PDA device that has an integrated infrared interface with the DINAMAP. The clinician simply aligns the infrared ports, taps a button and the patient vital signs are downloaded from the DINAMAP ProSeries monitor to wCareAssist without manual transcription. Once the vital signs have been transmitted, wCareAssist provides clinicians the option to document detailed information related to the vital sign entry such as blood pressure location, patient position, body site of where pulse rate was taken, pulse oximeter readings, respiration descriptors and temperature details. When the clinician is finished documenting, the information is reviewed, confirmed and saved to the patient EMR. An optional module for entry of Intake and Outputs is also available with wCareAssist.

Care Fusion also offers wireless, mobile, barcode solutions for medication administration, specimen collection, blood transfusion verification and point of care billing. All applications are modular and available on a single PDA device.

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies that will shape a new age of patient care. GE Healthcare's expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, disease research, drug discovery and biopharmaceuticals is dedicated to detecting disease earlier and tailoring treatment for individual patients. GE Healthcare offers a broad range of services to improve productivity in healthcare and enable healthcare providers to better diagnose, treat and manage patients with conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer's and cardiovascular diseases.

GE Healthcare is a $14 billion unit of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) that is headquartered in the United Kingdom. Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 42,500 people committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at

About Care Fusion

Care Fusion is a leading provider of enterprise positive patient identification solutions for nursing, laboratory and blood bank related patient care activities that manage all bedside patient care needs. Care Fusion offers a suite of barcode enabled positive patient identification products that include: wCareMed(TM) to support medication administration, allergy warnings, safety alerts and complex IVs; wCareCollect(TM) to verify and label lab specimens; wBloodCare(TM) to verify blood products prior to transfusion; wCareAssist(TM) to record vital signs and patient care information; wCareView(TM) for a consolidated view of patient data; and wCareCapture(TM) for point of care billing of supplies.

One Vendor. One Device. Many Powerful Solutions.

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