Intermountain Healthcare Selects Cognos as Business Intelligence Standard



    - Cognos 8 BI to deliver operational and analytical reporting,
dashboarding to better enable Intermountain's effort to pioneer new
technologies in patient health and preventive care -

    BURLINGTON, MASS., September 17 /CNW/ - Cognos (NASDAQ:   COGN; TSX: CSN),
the world leader in business intelligence and performance management
solutions, today announced that Intermountain Healthcare - a
nationally-recognized, nonprofit healthcare network of hospitals, clinics,
health insurance plans and physicians across Utah - has selected Cognos as its
Business Intelligence (BI) standard.

    Intermountain Healthcare consists of 21 hospitals, clinics, health plans
and physicians servicing the healthcare needs of Utah and southeastern Idaho
residents. It has been ranked as the number one integrated healthcare system
in the United States for five of the past eight years.

    By leveraging Cognos, Intermountain will provide clinical and business
executives with greater and more simplified access to critical healthcare
management information, enabling them to easily identify best practices in
services delivery; monitor, measure and report on outcomes against key
performance indicators; identify areas for improvement; and ultimately make
informed decisions for improving patient health and preventive care.

    "Without Clinical and Business Intelligence, healthcare organizations are
simply automating their paper processes without actually improving clinical,
cost and satisfaction outcomes," said Marc Probst, Chief Information Officer
at Intermountain. "Cognos offers us a critical Outcomes Analysis
infrastructure, enabling Intermountain to enhance its ability to provide
comprehensive BI capabilities to expedite data driven quality improvement,
cost reduction, patient satisfaction and overall safety improvements. Cognos
will help us increase our capacity to more efficiently realize clinical and
administrative process improvements, thereby providing significant value to
our clinicians, patients and plan members."

    Cognos 8 Business Intelligence provides decision makers at all levels of
the enterprise groundbreaking capabilities to better manage performance by
delivering a consistent, accurate view of all business information. As a
complete, flexible product, Cognos 8 BI easily integrates into existing
infrastructures with multiple systems and data sources. Its simplified BI
environment improves user adoption, enables better decision-making, and
provides a robust foundation for departmental BI and enterprise BI and
performance management.

    "Performance management is a business imperative, particularly for
mission-critical healthcare organizations," said Bill Stevens, associate
vice-president of life sciences at Cognos. "Through this partnership,
Intermountain Healthcare will benefit from a clinical intelligence platform
that transforms the vast amounts of disparate health and patient data into
information assets, enabling key stakeholders to effectively collaborate and
make critical, informed decisions."

    Cognos' industry-leading performance management solutions have helped
numerous healthcare organizations worldwide cut costs, increase operational
efficiencies, and comply with government regulations. Cognos can be found in
such leading healthcare organizations as Nebraska Medical Center, Evanston
Northwestern Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachussetts, and
Trillium Health Centre (Canada). For more healthcare customer success stories,
please visit http://www.cognos.com/company/success/ss_healthcare.html.

    ABOUT INTERMOUNTAIN HEALTHCARE:

    Intermountain Healthcare is a nonprofit health system based in Salt Lake
City, Utah, with over 27,000 employees. Serving the healthcare needs of Utah
and southeastern Idaho residents, Intermountain's system of 21 hospitals,
clinics, health plans and physicians provides excellent medical care at
affordable rates. It has been ranked as the number one integrated healthcare
system in the country for five of the past eight years (number two the other
three years). A central part of Intermountain's mission is to provide quality
medical care to its patients and members at the lowest appropriate cost. For
more information visit http://www.intermountainhealthcare.org.

    ABOUT COGNOS:

    Cognos, the world leader in business intelligence and performance
management solutions, provides world-class enterprise planning and BI software
and services to help companies plan, understand and manage financial and
operational performance.

    Cognos brings together technology, analytical applications, best
practices, and a broad network of partners to give customers a complete
performance system. The Cognos performance system is an open and adaptive
solution that leverages an organization's ERP, packaged applications, and
database investments. It gives customers the ability to answer the questions
-- How are we doing? Why are we on or off track? What should we do about it? -
and enables them to understand and monitor current performance while planning
future business strategies.

    Cognos serves more than 23,000 customers in more than 135 countries, and
its top 100 enterprise customers consistently outperform market indexes.
Cognos performance management solutions and services are also available from
more than 3,000 worldwide partners and resellers. For more information, visit
the Cognos Web site at http://www.cognos.com.

    Cognos and the Cognos logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Cognos Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other
names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Copies of previous Cognos press releases and Corporate and product information
are available on the Cognos Web site at www.cognos.com.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Cognos David DeRosa,
613-738-1338 ext. 3317 david.derosa@cognos.com or Lois Paul & Partners, LLC
Melissa Lane, 781-782-5755 melissa_lane@lpp.com or Investor Relations: Cognos
John Lawlor, 613-738-3503 john.lawlor@cognos.com

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