Premise Corporation and Stryker Medical Announce Strategic Alliance in Collaboration with Microsoft to Release Next Generation Patient Safety Solution

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Companies to launch iBed™ platform and other software solutions to improve patient flow, caregiver communication and quality of care

Microsoft's mission is to improve health around the world. We recognize that patient safety solutions are a critical industry need

Stryker Medical, a division of Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK), and Premise Corporation, the leading provider of clinically-focused solutions to optimize patient flow, today announced a strategic partnership to develop and promote communication solutions to support clinical and nursing efficiencies for leading hospitals.

In particular, the companies will draw upon their core competencies - for Premise, optimizing patient flow via workflow automation and hospital-wide communication; and for Stryker, providing intelligent beds to help ensure patient safety and high quality care both at the bedside and beyond. Collaborating with the Microsoft Corp. and working with the Microsoft technology platform, Stryker and Premise will streamline the communication process of patient information through Stryker's Connected Hospital® strategy that provides multiple levels of connectivity: 1) More informed care at the bedside; 2) Optimized communication to the nurse station; 3) Connecting caregivers throughout the hospital.

"Microsoft's mission is to improve health around the world. We recognize that patient safety solutions are a critical industry need," said Chris Sullivan, U.S. health industry solutions director, Microsoft Corp. "Built on Microsoft's familiar, easy-to-use and widely supported software platform, Premise and Stryker's iBed Awareness Dashboard solution takes patient safety to the next level, and we're pleased to work with such innovative companies."

In January 2007, Stryker Medical launched its exclusive iBed platform. As an integrated or standalone solution, Stryker iBed and Premise Care Management will provide clinicians with the highest level of knowledge, communication and workflow automation around the patient care process at the bedside and beyond. iBed will further enhance clinical knowledge, patient safety, communication and decision-making -- unlocking the abundance of bed- and patient-centric data without the burdensome task of data entry. Today, there's no practical way to conveniently access this useful and rich data. By making this data both available and contextual to care delivery activities, iBed will help improve the timeliness and quality of care while providing a more informed and less chaotic caregiver environment.

The Stryker iBed Dashboard further extends the recently announced Premise Care Management Solution that is being developed collaboratively with Microsoft Corp.'s MS-ISV (Independent Software Vendors) Group. Premise was a 2007 winner of the MS-HUG Innovation Award and is currently a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. This relationship provides Premise and Stryker access to Microsoft's latest technology innovations, development and architecture expertise, as well as use of Microsoft Technology Centers.

"Premise's mission has always been to help hospitals achieve optimal patient flow, which is about much more than patient placement and bed turnover. The Premise-Stryker partnership couples proven technology with flexible options for improving flow, increasing patient safety and creating a more efficient care environment both at the bedside and hospital-wide," states Premise Chairman and CEO, Eric Rosow. "As our clients use the integrated iBed platform, integrate with Real Time Location Systems, or use the Premise Patient Flow Platform in a myriad of other ways to meet their patient flow objectives, we're pleased to provide customized solutions that create a higher quality, more efficient care environment that benefits both clinicians and patients."

In addition to the iBed Platform, the partnership will also yield other solutions to improve communication, quality of care and patient flow. Utilizing Stryker's expertise in advanced smart bed technology, combined with Premise's proficiency in optimizing workflow and Microsoft's knowledge of integrating software solutions, the companies aim to design an end-to-end solution that leverages disparate information to help improve caregiver efficiency and patient outcomes.

About Stryker Corporation
Stryker Medical is a division of Stryker Corporation, one of the world's leading medical technology companies with the most broadly-based range of products in orthopaedics and a significant presence in other medical specialties. Stryker Medical makes hospital beds, surfaces and stretchers for the comfort and security of patients, which has made us an undisputed industry leader in patient handling equipment. We're dedicated to improving patient outcomes and reducing the cost of care through products that can help protect against patients falls, healthcare-associated infections and pressure ulcers while maintaining caregiver safety via advanced ergonomic product designs. Stryker Medical's product portfolio includes critical care, med/surg and maternity beds; therapeutic and pulmonary support surfaces; mobility and procedural stretchers; and patient room furniture as well as ambulance cots, stair and evacuation chairs for the emergency medical services industry. For more information, please visit

About Premise Corporation
Premise is a leading provider of integrated and clinically-focused software solutions that optimize patient flow, streamline communications, enhance operational efficiency, and empower knowledge-based decision making. Founded upon the idea that optimized delivery of healthcare services can be realized through the widespread use and visualization of real-time operating data, Premise delivers the industry's most intuitive systems for bed management, bed turnover, transport, and decision support, and has been serving the healthcare industry for over 10 years. More information is available at


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