February 13, 2008

Via Christi Regional Medical Center Engages PHNS For Health Information Management Services

Via Christi Regional Medical Center (Via Christi), located in Wichita, Kansas, the largest Catholic not-for-profit medical center in Kansas, has chosen PHNS to provide medical coding and interim management services for the Health Information Management (HIM) department. PHNS is providing Via Christi with experienced, credentialed HIM professionals to perform medical record coding services to ensure accuracy in documentation and applied coding, as well as to oversee the operations of the HIM department coding division and implementation of new technology. PHNS accesses Via Christi's electronic health records through a remote-access virtual private network to exchange patient information in a secure and confidential environment. PHNS' commitment to coding quality and turnaround time will have a positive impact on Via Christi's information flow and revenue cycle.

PHNS' HIM Division currently provides interim staff placement, coding, auditing, education, release of information, records management and transcription services for over 385 healthcare customers. All services are offered on an "as needed" basis or on a full service outsourcing relationship.

About Via Christi Regional Medical Center: With state-of-the-art medical, surgical and behavioral health services, Via Christi Regional Medical Center ranks in the Top 5 percent in the nation for quality care, according to HealthGrades, an independent national healthcare ratings company. Its three hospital campuses - two acute-care and one behavioral health - collectively have 1,532 licensed beds and a medical staff of more than 900 physicians. It serves as a major teaching and research affiliate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Via Christi Regional Medical Center is the site of Kansas' first and largest Level I Trauma Center and a neuroscience center that includes a Joint Commission-accredited comprehensive stroke center, as well as advanced programs for epilepsy, neuro implants and Kansas' only Neuro Critical Care Unit. It also offers Kansas' most comprehensive cancer care treatment, with the help of state-of-the-art technology such as CyberKnife and the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, clinical trials through the Wichita Community Cancer Oncology Program, and a Cancer Resource Center. Advanced cardiovascular services include the state's only heart transplant program, a Joint Commission-accredited heart failure program and Kansas' only Cardio-Thoracic Intensive Care Unit.

Via Christi Regional Medical Center is part of Via Christi Health System, a not-for-profit organization sponsored by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother and the sponsoring congregations of Ascension Health. See www.via-christi.org for additional information about Via Christi Regional Medical Center.

About PHNS: PHNS provides information technology (IT) services for hospitals, other healthcare providers and businesses. PHNS' IT services include application hosting, co-location and managed services; electronic off-site data back-up and data vaulting; business continuity solutions; disaster recovery services; and systems integration services. PHNS also provides comprehensive business process solutions for hospitals including health information management (including medical record management and storage, transcription, coding, release of information and electronic medical record services), advisory and receivables management services. PHNS creates business-healthy hospitals by improving operations, enhancing technology and increasing cash on hand, which allows hospitals to focus on their core competency--patient care. PHNS has approximately 900 customers, including approximately 400 hospital IT and business process customers and approximately 500 IT customers. PHNS is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. See www.phns.com for additional information about PHNS.