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Sutter Health announces plan to deploy Bridge MedPoint error-prevention system

Sutter Health will hold news conferences this morning in Sacramento (10:30 am PST) and San Francisco (9:30 am PST) to announce it will deploy the Bridge MedPointTM patient safety system. Deployment is part of a major technology initiative designed to make each of Sutter's 26 hospitals "a hospital of the future" and address quality-improvement goals set by the Leapfrog Group, a national employer consortium.

Headquartered in Sacramento, the not-for-profit network of hospitals and physicians operates more than 5000 inpatient beds in Northern California.

"Patient safety and quality care are paramount at Sutter," said Sutter Health President and CEO Van R. Johnson. "We are fully committed to doing everything possible to improve quality, prevent medication and other errors, and promote practices and systems that ensure our patients' well-being."

MedPoint is an award-winning barcode-enabled point-of-care (BPOC) software system developed by Bridge Medical that prevents medication and other bedside errors.

"We are pleased to support Sutter's strong commitment to patient safety," said Bridge President and CEO John B. Grotting. "Sutter's contract with Bridge demonstrates their continued commitment to improving patient care through the innovative use of technology combined with the best clinical practices." Sutter is Bridge's first Northern California customer and largest customer to-date, and a leading user of advanced information and medical technology.

Added Johnson: "Our Bridge initiative is part of a $50 million investment in advanced technology that will enhance our ability to ensure Sutter patients the ultimate in safe bedside medication administration and quality ICU care."

Leapfrog applauds Sutter initiative

The Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), the consortium of Fortune 500 employers that is leading the Leapfrog effort in California, praised Sutter's commitment. "We applaud Sutter'
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Contact: Carol Somer
csomer@bridgemedical.com
858-314-5538
Bridge Medical, Inc.
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