Medusa Medical Technologies Inc. (Medusa) enters into an agreement with Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC) to outfit 2,600, or 60 per cent, of the ambulances in England with the Siren ePCR™ Suite, Medusa's electronic patient care reporting (ePCR) and data-management software. Medusa will support CSC's work with the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) on the NHS' Connecting for Health program to improve healthcare service for patients. CSC is currently implementing this program for the NHS across the North, the Midlands and the East of England.
"We selected Medusa's innovative Siren ePCR because it provides the right fit, both clinically and technically, for this area of the NHS program," says Andrew Spence, CSC's NHS Healthcare Director. "Adding this service to our portfolio of solutions for the NHS further positions us to continue delivering results that improve patient care."
Designed for use in ambulances en route to hospital, Siren and its complementary hardware employ an easy-to-use touch-screen interface that enables paramedics to record patient data more accurately, and in less time, than with pencil and paper. The system is expected to handle over five million electronic patient care records each year.
Treatments provided at the scene are then transferred to the General Practice's record, provided by CSC as part of the national IT program, to ensure ongoing continuity of care. Should the patient require hospital treatment, the paramedics can send information to allow hospital staff immediate access. By integrating the Medusa product into CSC's current solutions for General Practices and hospitals, paramedics will be able to access a summary of the patients' notes to help determine the best course of treatment, often negating the need to take them to Accident & Emergency.
To date, more than 1000 paramedics and support staff have been trained to use this paperless technology.
"This system allows us to capture quickly and accurately far more information than we ever could on paper. That information is then instantly available to the Emergency Department and Clinical Audit staff," says Dr. John Scott, medical director, East of England Ambulance Trust. "As a result, the potential to improve patient outcomes is tremendous."
Medusa Medical Technologies Inc. has always placed great value on electronic patient care reporting. "Our focus is to continue to expand our support to the emergency services industry globally with our ePCR technology," says Medusa president & CEO, Scott Campbell.
About CSC (WWW.CSC.COM)
Computer Sciences Corporation is a leading global information technology (IT) services company. CSC's mission is to provide customers in industry and government with solutions crafted to meet their specific challenges and enable them to profit from the advanced use of technology.
With approximately 77,000 employees, CSC provides innovative solutions for customers around the world by applying leading technologies and CSC's own advanced capabilities. These include systems design and integration, IT and business process outsourcing, applications software development, Web and application hosting, and management consulting. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., CSC reported revenue of US$14.7 billion for the 12 months ended December 29, 2006. For more information, visit the company's website.
About Medusa (WWW.MEDUSAMEDICAL.COM)
Incorporated in 1998, Medusa develops information technology solutions that improve pre-hospital emergency data capture, increase emergency medical staff effectiveness in patient care encounters, and ultimately lead to better pre-hospital emergency treatment protocols. In order to continuously meet market needs, Medusa collaborates with clinicians and field paramedics worldwide to ensure the quality and effectiveness of its leading electronic patient care reporting system remain second-to-none.
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 30, 2007