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Plexus Information Systems and Codonics Partner to Co-Market Anesthesia Patient Safety System

This distinctive partnership integrates the Plexus IS AIMS technology with Codonics medication safety technology to improve the anesthesia process in the OR.

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Boston and Cleveland—February 25, 2013—Plexus Information Systems, Inc. (Plexus IS), a market leader of anesthesia information management systems (AIMS), today announced its partnership with Codonics®, a global leader in patient safety and image documentation solutions. Both companies will co-market Codonics Safe Label System® (SLS) with Plexus IS’ Anesthesia Touch™ and Pharmacy Touch™ products as a fully integrated solution, to bring new levels of efficiencies and proactive drug error prevention to the anesthesia process in the OR.

Codonics innovative medication safety system helps to eliminate medication labeling errors using visual and audible electronic safety checks, ensures consistency, and provides full compliance with the National Safety Patient Goals of The Joint Commission and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) guidelines every time a medication is prepared. SLS prints medication labels, IV line labels, invasive monitor lines and other operating room needs on demand.

Using the integrated solution, a single scan of the medication vial triggers an on-board formulary to confirm the medication electronically and immediately produces a full-color compliant medication label. Simultaneously, the medication dispense transaction is recorded, seamlessly updating Pharmacy’s inventory counts and controlled substance tracking. When anesthesia is ready to deliver the medication to the patient, a quick wave of the labeled syringe past the barcode scanner triggers documentation in Anesthesia Touch, including real-time safety checks and automated pharmacy charging.

“Efficiency and accuracy in the operating room are extremely high priority,” said Peter Botten, President and CEO at Codonics. “Codonics partnership with Plexus IS provides both. Our single login, single scan integration enables users to remove a medication from the anesthesia cart, instantly produce a compliant, barcoded label, report the usage to pharmacy, and document it in the patient’s record using the label’s barcode. Codonics and Plexus IS systems work together seamlessly to remove the element of human error while improving the anesthetists’ workflow.”

“Our philosophy of providing solution-based technologies is underscored by this new business relationship with Codonics. The breadth of our anesthesia product line is further enhanced through the addition of the Codonics Safe Label System,” said John Pearson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Plexus IS. “Both companies focus on creating products that permit ease of use in very complex environments – a philosophy that provides straightforward user interfaces to full featured applications and devices.”

About Codonics

Codonics is a global business and provides the medical industry with the most advanced medical imaging and patient safety products in the world from our headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 1982, Codonics has experienced exciting growth and award-winning achievements. Today, we are represented in 110 countries with more than 30,000 product installations in renowned, cutting-edge medical facilities throughout the world. To learn more about Codonics, visit www.codonics.com.

About Plexus Information Systems, Inc.

Plexus Information Systems (Plexus IS) is a leading provider of anesthesia information management and medication management systems. The Plexus IS intraoperative anesthesia record, Anesthesia Touch™, offers the most functionality and adaptability of any AIMS and uses a cloud-based solution for capturing, managing and storing patient information. Anesthesia Touch is a full-featured AIMS for both Windows and iPad iOS. It is easy to use, improves processes, enhances patient safety, provides comprehensive anesthesia documentation and is certified as a full EHR for meaningful use Stage 1 and 2. As a modular add-on to the anesthesia solution, Pharmacy Touch™ supports patient safety and improves medication documentation through barcode syringe labeling, automated dispensing, and closed-loop tracking. To learn more, visit www.plexusis.com.

Plexus IS Media Contact:
Jennifer Dixon, Director of Marketing
781.915.0221
jdixon@plexusis.com

Codonics Media Contact:
Cristy Berg, VP of Communications
440.243.1198
cberg@codonics.com

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