SYDNEY, November 10 /PRNewswire/ --

- The Next Generation Healthcare Solution to Make Treatment More Personal and Efficient

- LORENZO Sets the Stage to Transform Healthcare Delivery Globally

iSOFT, an IBA Health Group Limited (ASX: IBA) company, today announced the global launch of LORENZO, the next generation software solution for healthcare organisations. LORENZO is a unique solution that will revolutionise the way healthcare is delivered around the individual.

Built on a service oriented architecture (SOA), LORENZO enables healthcare providers to manage their processes whilst at the same time giving secure authorised access to patient information to those who need it, anywhere and at any time. The availability of the health record across all boundaries is a major breakthrough in the delivery of healthcare.

One of the major features of LORENZO is that it incorporates iSOFT's many years of clinical expertise in several thousand care activities(1), designed to support clinical decisions, higher patient safety and evidence-based medical practice. These care activities under LORENZO, with its plug and play capability, are designed to maximise the retention of existing healthcare IT investments, thereby avoiding the need for a big bang costly and risky implementation often associated with other systems.

LORENZO breaks down the complexities and barriers to critical clinical decision support by helping healthcare professionals to make faster, better informed decisions and making the patient information available to all those who need access, said Gary Cohen, IBA's Executive Chairman and CEO. LORENZO sets the stage to transform the delivery of healthcare around the world by providing the a foundation upon which to build and deliver new generations of highly configurable, high quality, cost-effective, connected healthcare services.

LORENZO is highly scalable and proven and is being rolled out to manage over 30 million patient records as part of the world's largest civilian IT project-the EUR15.8 billion National Programme for IT for the UK's National Health Service.

LORENZO set to transform healthcare delivery as we know it

LORENZO is designed to adapt to existing healthcare IT systems for all points of need-from hospital or clinic settings to patient records. Customised for each customer's specific needs, it also provides the flexibility to quickly respond to changing operational, legal or business requirements.

LORENZO provides a unique patient experience. Indeed, it puts the patient at the centre of their healthcare journey by managing and orchestrating the information around them, at the same time protecting the patient's unique identity through this journey. Because information follows the individual from practitioner to practitioner, they do not need to keep repeating their health history with each new appointment. In addition, in the event that mistakes are made, the system will help provide guidance or alerts-making the delivery of healthcare safer.

This is particularly relevant in today's institution-centric healthcare environment in which individuals are dependent on 'strangers' for some of the most crucial and intimate moments of their lives, added Cohen. Stated simply, LORENZO uniquely transforms healthcare from being institutional based and systems-centric to being designed around the patient, enabling the many different types of healthcare organisations around the world to radically improve and personalise the delivery of healthcare services to their citizens.

Successful trials of LORENZO already underway in Europe and around the world

Today's announcement follows successful LORENZO trials at early adopter sites in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe.

In the United Kingdom, as part of England's National Programme for Health IT, iSOFT will deploy LORENZO to over 60 per cent of all National Health Service hospitals in England. To date, iSOFT has installed LORENZO in South Birmingham Primary Care Trust and at the University Hospital of Morecambe Bay in Lancashire. Morecambe Bay has recently piloted the new LORENZO electronic patient record system in a clinical environment, marking an important strategic milestone in the rollout under the NHS national programme.

In late September, ehealth Insider magazine reported that the NHS Connecting for Health's clinical lead for hospital doctors, Dr Robert Pitcher, predicted that iSOFT's LORENZO suite of applications could be used more than Cerner's Millennium in the future, as web-based technologies come to the fore. LORENZO is newer, whereas Cerner is older. The future seems to be heading towards a more web-based service and as things develop it could lead to LORENZO being used more he is reported to have said.

Tony Halsall, Chief Executive of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust (UHMBT), said in a recent press release regarding the implementation of LORENZO in Morecambe Bay Hospital: We have worked very hard for ten months including a period of robust system testing. We are now confident that LORENZO is ready to be properly trialled in a live clinical setting. As with any new IT software, the development process is on-going and continual assessment is very much part of the rollout. The benefits this system could bring to patients are immense in terms of information sharing between health professionals. UHMBT is delighted to be at the forefront of this ground breaking initiative.

Managers involved in the Morecambe Bay project say its attraction is that it promises to deliver an electronic patient record that can work across the whole health community - and that this could not be achieved using other solutions.

Dr Sydney Schneidman, a consultant in emergency medicine and the UHMBT clinical lead for health informatics, also said that LORENZO was the fourth or fifth EPR that he had seen in his career, and it is the best one I have seen.

Elsewhere in Europe, LORENZO is collaborating with the University Hospital Aachen in Germany to introduce a full electronic health record solution with interoperability to referring clinicians in the surrounding community. Aachen is improving the quality of care for its patients by providing an integrated care environment. According to industry analysts, Frost Sullivan, the global market for IT healthcare software and services is expected to increase by 11 percent CAGR between 2005 and 2010-to US $36.7 billion (EUR28.7 billion).

Editor's note:

Live audio webcast access

A live webcast of the launch of LORENZO from Sydney Australia will be broadcast from 11.30 am Sydney time (00.30 am UK time, 0.30 am CET). Media are invited join via the live audio webcast which can be accessed on the following link:

To listen, simply click on the Windows Media Player, QuickTime or MP3 icon.

Video webcast access

In addition a video webcast of the presentation will be available from 17.00 hours Sydney time (06.00 am UK time, 07.00 am CET) on the 11th of November and can be accessed on the following link:

The video webcast will also be archived for future on-demand listening

About IBA Health Group

IBA Health Group Limited (ASX-IBA) is the largest health information technology company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

IBA builds software applications for healthcare. We work with healthcare professionals to design and build solutions that answer all of the difficult questions posed by today's care delivery challenges. Our solutions act as a catalyst for change, supporting the free exchange of critical information across diverse care settings and participant organisations. We are the leader in the provision of advanced application solutions in modern healthcare economies around the world

Today, over 13,000 provider organisations in 35 countries across 5 continents use IBA's solutions to manage patient information and drive improvements in their core processes. The group's sustainable development is delivered through careful planning, in-depth analysis of our market and anticipation of evolving requirements. Our business is driven by the collective talent, experience and commitment of over 3,700 healthcare IT experts around the globe.

A global network of IBA subsidiaries, supported by an extensive partner network, provides substantial experience of national healthcare markets. As a result we offer our customers comprehensive knowledge of local market requirements, in terms of culture, language, working practice, healthcare regulation and organisational structure.

For more information on IBA Health, please visit the Company's website at

--------------------------------- (1) A care activity is a component of a care process that when linked together creates a healthcare process. Contact: Gary Cohen Chairman CEO IBA Health Group Limited Phone: +61-2-8251-6701 E-Mail: Sydney: Tim Williamson Weber Shandwick Australia Phone: +61-2-9994-4463 Mobile: +61(0)416-927-978 E-Mail: Europe: Alexandra Weiss Mulzer Weber Shandwick Switzerland Phone: +41-43-255-19-32 Mobile: +41-76-323-03-13 Or Europe: Mark Herford Weber Shandwick Europe Phone: +41-22-879-85-06 Mobile: +41-79-647-62-76

Contact: Gary Cohen, Chairman CEO, IBA Health Group Limited, Phone: +61-2-8251-6701, E-Mail:; Sydney: Tim Williamson, Weber Shandwick Australia, Phone: +61-2-9994-4463, Mobile: +61(0)416-927-978, E-Mail:; Europe: Alexandra Weiss Mulzer, Weber Shandwick Switzerland, Phone: +41-43-255-19-32, Mobile: +41-76-323-03-13 Or Europe: Mark Herford, Weber Shandwick Europe, Phone: +41-22-879-85-06, Mobile: +41-79-647-62-76