ISCHR

Mon, Dec 9, 2002

Company Press Release

Illinois Association Endorses Orion Outcomes as Statewide Solution

Longmont, Colorado — December 9, 2002 — Orion Software Development, the leading provider of medical outcome software solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with the Illinois Society for Cardiopulmonary Health and Rehabilitation (ISCHR), an organization comprised of multi-disciplinary members representing the field of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation across the state of Illinois. As a result of the partnership, ISCHR has chosen Orion Outcomes as the outcomes standard for the state. Programs in the state will utilize Orion Software Development’s Orion Outcomes software either as a standalone data collection system, or in conjunction with one of the cardiac rehabilitation monitoring system manufacturers to facilitate outcome collection, analysis, and benchmarking in cardiac & pulmonary rehabilitation programs across Illinois.

For benchmarking, Illinois will be contributing to the growing national cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation outcomes database run by the Indiana Society of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (ISCVPR). With over 35,000 patient profiles, the database currently has over 500 programs participating from 46 different states. “Over the last seven years, Indiana and Orion have worked diligently to provide a comprehensive outcomes program that has grown into the standard for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation,” said Steven Jungbauer, ISCVPR Outcomes Committee Chair. “We are pleased to officially welcome another state into the program. As Cardiac and Pulmonary programs across the country consistently measure outcomes with one outcomes program, the opportunities for growth and reimbursement are endless.”

“ISCHR is very excited about working with Orion Software Development”, said Laura Benson, MS, FAACVPR and ISCHR president. “We considered several options to take the place of our own state outcomes system, and Orion certainly had the best fit and is very cost effective. The use of Orion’s software reflects our affiliate’s goals to make a difference for both our state programs and the patients we serve. We look forward to showing that we provide quality programs here in Illinois and that our patients receive excellent care.”

ABOUT ISCHR

The Illinois Society for Cardiopulmonary Health and Rehabilitation (ISCHR) is dedicated to the improvement of clinical practice, enhancement of communications between professionals, promotion of scientific inquiry and the advancement of education for the benefit of health care professionals and the public. Contact Laura Benson, at lbenson@harper.cc.il.us or visit their website at http://www.ischr.org/ for more information.

ABOUT ORION OUTCOMES

Orion Outcomes is a Microsoft Windows-based software application provides the ability to collect and analyze standardized behavioral, clinical, health and economic outcome data. With this product, users can analyze individual patient performance, as well as overall program performance, by creating customized reports and charts. The software includes many standardized outcome measurement tools, such as the six-minute distance walk, SF-36 Health Survey, knowledge tests and more. Users have the ability to export their outcome data to participate in statewide or nationwide benchmarking.

ABOUT ORION SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Orion Software Development is a leading provider of medical outcome software solutions. The company develops applications that enable organizations to collect and analyze outcome data using a personal computer. The company’s flagship product, Orion Outcomes, is used in hundreds of cardiopulmonary clinics throughout the United States. Headquartered in Longmont, Colorado, Orion Software Development markets its products through direct sales and distributors. Orion Software Development can be contacted by phone at (720) 494-7950, via fax at (720) 494-7951, through e-mail at info@orionsoftwaredev.com or via the World Wide Web at http://www.orionsoftwaredev.com.

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