Sharp Healthcare Boosts Productivity with Open Text Enterprise Information Management Solution



    Open Text Vista Plus(R) Suite Enables Major Medical Network to Retire its
    Legacy Clinical and Financial Systems for New Electronic Report and
    Output Management Solution

    CHICAGO, March 12 /CNW/ - Open Text(TM) Corporation (NASDAQ:   OTEX, TSX:
OTC), the largest independent provider of Enterprise Content Management (ECM)
software and solutions, today announced that Sharp Healthcare, a major medical
network in San Diego, has successfully deployed Vista Plus(R) Suite, Open
Text's enterprise information management solution. The implementation has
enabled Sharp to retire its legacy systems, reducing costs in maintenance and
software licensing fees, system administration and floor space. With all
current and archived information now accessible via a centralized electronic
repository, the medical network has been able to streamline business processes
and meet compliance regulations for medical documents.
    Sharp HealthCare is San Diego's most comprehensive health care delivery
system. The Sharp network is comprised of about 2,400 physicians and more than
13,000 employees. It serves more than three million people at four acute care
hospitals, a women's healthcare facility, several medical and radiology
groups, as well as medical clinics, urgent care centers and nursing
facilities.
    Sharp turned to Open Text to address several business challenges. In
addition to helping solve compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act (HIPAA), the medical network also wanted to maximize the
efficiency of its mission-critical systems, automate report distribution and
centralize print management. With Vista Plus, the medical network has
experienced dramatic increases in efficiency, productivity and compliance.
    "Since the deployment of the Open Text solution, our home health and
financial systems have been archived into retirement, and most recently we
retired and archived the legacy clinical system we used years ago," said Brant
Burington, Manager, Computer Operations at Sharp. "This system was maintained
for years for reference information, costing about $20,000 a year to maintain.
Now, archived into Vista Plus, the costs are negligible and we are complying
with HIPAA regulations required for healthcare providers who handle electronic
financial and administrative transactions."
    The Vista Plus system combines electronic report management with document
print management. Sharp's previous method of printing and distributing
financial and clinical information has been replaced with a more effective
method of viewing reports in an electronic format, eliminating storage and
retrieval costs associated with paper-based archives. "The laboratories have
seen how we can use notes and indexing to make their reports viable in an
electronic format as opposed to hard copy," said Burington. "This allows about
10 laboratories to print about 10 of 2,000 pages each, while relying on the
electronic copy for reference."
    The Open Text solution provides full lifecycle document and records
management across the enterprise. All financial information - whether from
payroll, billing or HR benefits - is archived and printed using Vista Plus.
"We use Vista Plus to supply on demand W2, 1099, paychecks and benefit
confirmation statements to employees, vendors and contractors," added
Burington. "Due to the Vista Plus integration with the Paris PostScript
overlay software, we also no longer need pre-printed forms."
    According to Burington, the medical network is now looking to expand the
Vista Plus implementation to the entire organization. "Within a period of six
months, Open Text was able to create and implement a highly customized
solution for Sharp. It has become very apparent to us that the whole
deployment was a financial windfall."
    "Vista Plus captures and stores business-critical information from
packaged applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft and mySAP as
well as custom and mainframe legacy environments. Information is made
available in a logical, personalized, secure manner that is easily accessed
inside or outside the enterprise via an easy to use Web-based interface," said
John Wilkerson, Executive Vice President, Global Sales, Services and Support
at Open Text. "The platform expands Open Text's integration and report
management capabilities as part of its ECM suite."
    For more information about the Sharp Healthcare Vista Plus deployment,
read the Open Text customer success story at:
http://www.opentext.com/customers/success-stories.html

    About Sharp Healthcare
    Ranked as the number-one integrated health care system in California by
Modern Healthcare, Sharp HealthCare is San Diego's most comprehensive health
care delivery system, recognized for clinical excellence in cardiac, women's,
cancer, orthopaedic, multiorgan transplantation, rehabilitation and behavioral
health services. The Sharp system includes four acute care hospitals, three
specialty hospitals, three affiliated medical groups and a health plan. To
learn more about Sharp, visit www.sharp.com.

    About Open Text
    Open Text(TM) is the world's largest independent provider of Enterprise
Content Management software. The company's solutions manage information for
all types of business, compliance and industry requirements in the world's
largest companies, government agencies and professional service firms. Open
Text supports approximately 46,000 customers and millions of users in
114 countries and 12 languages. For more information about Open Text, visit
www.opentext.com.

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