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Sage HMS Announces Medica to Pilot RadWise®

May 27, 2003

Minneapolis, MN. – Sage Health Management Solutions® (Sage HMS) announces that Medica, headquartered in Minnetonka, MN, serving Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota, has begun a pilot program using the Internet-based RadWiseÒ system for radiology decision-support and for improving quality of care for Medica health plan members.

“The RadWise Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) process improves clinic practice by reducing medical errors and is Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant for security and privacy,” said V. Katherine Gray, Ph.D., CEO and President of Sage HMS. “The body of literature for medical science and technology has been doubling about every four years, which creates the need for the RadWise system to aid physicians not only with the latest medical evidence, but also with ordering the most appropriate diagnostic tests and communicating the details of the case. Medica has been interested in our services for some time, and we are pleased that they have initiated this pilot.”

“We are always looking for ways to promote quality and safety for our members,” said Charles Fazio, M.D., Medica's Vice President and Medical Director for Quality. “RadWise supports appropriate clinical decision making for an individual patient without constraining the physician’s own expertise. It provides relevant information as the physician needs it and based upon the individual patient’s symptoms.”

“The Institute of Medicine has published two national reports that support the Sage HMS initiative of using a CPOE system in the area of diagnostic testing to improve quality,” reports Dr. Gray. “Sage HMS is the first to market with this type of technology. As customers have used RadWise, we have made improvements based upon user feedback. We are committed to an efficient, effective tool for the referring physicians.”

SAGE Health Management Solutions, Inc. is an Internet-based healthcare solutions company, initially focused on the growing market demand for radiology management, dedicated to providing services to reduce medical errors, reduce costs, and improve diagnostic decision-making and efficiencies. Sage HMS provides a patented technology platform and web hosting.

Medica is the leading health plan in Minnesota, with one million members, and is both non-profit and independent. Medica has been awarded the highest possible accreditation status — “Excellent” — by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA®) for the commercial health plans it provides to Minnesotans and North Dakotans as well as for its Medicaid HMO plans. Medica’s mission is to meet its customers’ needs for health plan products and services. In doing so, Medica works with members and providers to make health care accessible, affordable and a means by which its members improve their health.