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Lehigh Valley Health Network and T-System Support Patient Care at Pocono Raceway


June 9, 2011 - DALLAS, TX

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), the official medical provider to Pocono Raceway, this weekend begins using T-System's DigitalShare™ documentation system to support emergency medical response and on-scene emergency health care for the "5-Hour Energy 500" Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Sixty providers will be electronically capturing patient care documentation, managing resources and analyzing captured data for post-event risk management.

T-System is the industry leader in clinical, business and IT solutions for emergency medicine.

DigitalShare is a solution that allows clinicians to document patient care encounters on familiar paper templates while capturing the information electronically with pens powered with digital technology. The pen's built-in infrared camera records data documented on digitized paper templates. When "docked" to a computer, the pen sends the data through a secure web network, making it available for viewing and editing by clinicians needing access to the patient's record.

"DigitalShare's flexibility, rapid deployment and usability allow us to bring capabilities of a hospital emergency department to Pocono Raceway, which is important because the closest hospital is 30 minutes away without traffic congestion," said Mike Wargo, R.N., Administrator of Emergency Operations and Public Safety for LVHN and Executive Director of Medical Operations at Pocono Raceway.

At this week's Pocono Raceway 500, LVHN's team of physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians and paramedics will set up three emergency care facilities -- an infield care center, which serves as the primary trauma care site for drivers, crew members and spectators; an infield first aid center for non-urgent care; and the LVHN mobile field hospital as the grandstand care center. The team will document patient data at three centers, which will then be uploaded to a central data repository. By monitoring the information, a clinician can quickly pinpoint gaps where additional medical staff or emergency personnel are needed and mobilize the appropriate resources.

Because LVHN will have patient data available electronically, personnel can assess the captured data to plan for patient care needs at future events, further improving the safety and delivery of healthcare to raceway participants and fans. In addition to becoming a permanent record of LVHN, this data will be analyzed for statistics, e.g., the volume of patients treated; types of injuries and illnesses, such as a chest pain or heat exhaustion; common areas where injuries originated; and locations where patients were transported.

"We deal with everything from cuts, sprains and broken bones to severe heart attacks, traumatic injuries and delivering babies," said Wargo, who estimates that the team will treat approximately 200 patients during the busy race weekend.

"The use of DigitalShare at large-scale sporting events and in other unique care settings demonstrates the versatility of our ED solutions," said Bob Hitchcock, M.D., FACEP, chief medical informatics officer, T-System. "We applaud Lehigh Valley Health Network's decision to employ the most advanced emergency medical technology to provide exceptional care and analyze captured data to continuously improve outcomes at Pocono Raceway."

About Lehigh Valley Health Network
Lehigh Valley Health Network includes three hospital facilities -- two in Allentown and one in Bethlehem, Pa.; nine health centers caring for communities in four counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices throughout the region; pharmacy, imaging and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes trauma care at the region's busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Primary Stroke Center. Lehigh Valley Health Network has been recognized by US News & World Report for 15 consecutive years as one of America's Best Hospitals and is a national Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing. Lehigh Valley Hospital has been selected as a National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program. Lehigh Valley Health Network Office of Emergency Operations and Public Safety, Division of Emergency Preparedness is internationally known for its advanced preparedness and response to natural and man-made disasters, the perfect placement for the deployment of DigitalShare during times of crisis. Additional information is available at www.lvhn.org and by accessing www.facebook.com/LVHN and www.twitter.com/LVHNnews.

About T-System
T-System, Inc. sets the industry standard for clinical, business and IT solutions for emergency medicine, with approximately 40 percent of the nation's emergency departments using T-System solutions. To meet the individual needs of hospitals, T-System offers both paper and electronic systems. These tools help clinicians provide better patient care, while improving efficiency and the bottom line. Today, more than 1,700 emergency departments rely on T-System's gold-standard content and workflow solutions. For more information, visit www.tsystem.com. Follow us on Twitter (@TSystem), or become a T-System fan on Facebook.

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