MONTREAL, Aug. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - LMS Medical Systems (AMEX: LMZ; TSX:LMZ),
a healthcare technology company and developer of the CALM(R) clinical
information system and risk management software for obstetrics, today
announced that it has entered into an agreement regarding the use of CALM
Shoulder Screen(TM) with Best Practices Medical Partners, LLC, (BPMP). The
Lakeland OB/GYN Group in Florida is the first group of obstetricians to be
insured by a BPMP affiliate and having achieved go live on CALM Shoulder
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists'
list of Red Alert states, Florida offers a particularly difficult medical
malpractice climate. In The Medical Liability Monitor's 2005 rate review,
premium costs of up to $300,000 were reported for OB/GYNs in this state.
Unaffordable malpractice rates stress the system in a variety of ways and
contribute to the shortage of OB specialists, thereby increasing risk for
mothers and infants.
Based out of Fort Lauderdale, FA, BPMP provides superior clinical risk
management services to organizations at risk for medical liability, including
a first group of obstetricians in the state of Florida. BPMP, as its name
indicates, teams with physician offices who derive value by implementing best
practices and technologies to improve clinical risk assessment while
mitigating associated financial risks.
Shoulder dystocia represents one of the most important causes of
litigation and payouts in obstetrics. The condition occurs when the baby's
shoulder gets stuck behind the mother's pubic bone during childbirth.
Generally viewed in the medical community as unpredictable and unpreventable,
shoulder dystocia is one of the most feared conditions that can occur during
labor and delivery. Potential injuries include brachial plexus impairment,
brain damage and sometimes death, with associated medical malpractice payouts
ranging from $500,000 to $2 million.
"Incentivising the use of CALM Shoulder Screen by our insured physicians
is consistent with our philosophy of encouraging insured physicians to adopt
best practices," said Richard Welch, President and CEO of Best Practices
Medical Partners. "This technology coupled with complementary practice
improvement strategies will enable us to be as successful with our new
obstetrical malpractice offering as we have been in our traditional markets."
"LMS' risk management tools provide a proactive, preventive approach to
addressing a major challenge in obstetrics," said Dr. Peter Alvarez, managing
partner of the Lakeland Group. "In addition, its ease of implementation and
use has facilitated its integration into our provision of care on a day-to-day
About Best Practices Medical Partners, LLC: Best Practices Medical
Partners, LLC (BPMP) provides superior clinical risk management services to
the organizations at risk for medical liability. BPMP is committed to bringing
quality and risk management solutions to organizations that wish to actively
address medico-legal risk.
About the Lakeland OB/GYN Group: Lakeland OB/GYN is comprised of a group
of Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologists committed to providing full
women's care for the Lakeland, Florida area in a private, relaxed environment.
We are committed to providing full women's care services including
routineprenatal care and delivery, high risk prenatal care, family planning,
full gynecologic care and surgery, well women visits and pap smears,
infertility, the latest birth control methods, menopause, and adolescent
gynecologic care, amongst others. We also provide Obstetrical Sonograms in our
office with our new 4-D Ultrasound.
About LMS: LMS is a leader in the application of advanced mathematical
modeling and neural networks for medical use. The LMS CALM Suite provides
physicians, nursing staff, risk managers and hospital administrators with
clinical information systems and risk management tools designed to improve
outcomes and patient care for mothers and their infants during childbirth.
Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed
in this news release are forward-looking statements. Because these
forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are
important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those expressed implied by the forward-looking statements including, but
without limitation, economic conditions in general and in the healthcare
market, the demand for and market for our products in domestic and
international markets, our current dependence on the CALM product suite, the
challenges associated with developing new products and obtaining regulatory
approvals if necessary, research and development activities, the uncertainty
of acceptance of our products by the medical community, the lengthy sales
cycle for our products, third party reimbursement, competition in our markets,
including the potential introduction of competitive products by others, our
dependence on our distributors, physician training, enforceability and the
costs of enforcement of our patents, potential infringements of our patents
and the other factors set forth from time to time in the Company's filings
with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and with the
Canadian Securities Commissions. The Company has no intention of or obligation
to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.
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For further information: about LMS Medical Systems please contact:
Andrea Miller, Communications, LMS Medical Systems Inc., (514) 488-3461 Ext.
222, Fax: (514) 488-1880, email@example.com, www.lmsmedical.com; Jeff
Walker/Grant Howard, The Howard Group Inc., Toll Free: 1-888-221-0915,