March 28, 2007 - Picis Inc. announced the availability of version 8.0 of CareSuite Critical Care Manager, the company's flagship point-of-care documentation and care system for intensive care units (ICUs). Critical Care Manager automatically collects, stores and displays patient information from the flowsheet and documentation of treatments, care measures and assessments, helping clinicians improve patient care and efficiency.

To fulfill global demand for new and upgrading sites, version 8.0 is scheduled to be translated and released in multiple languages including Spanish, French, Swedish, German, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish and Dutch. Picis plans to demonstrate the new release of Critical Care Manager at the International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM) in Brussels, Belgium, stand number 59-60 (March 27-30).

With extensive data collection and medical device connectivity, Critical Care Manager is designed to provide clinicians with quick and complete patient information to help in their assessment and treatments maximize resources in the department and analyze and reduce the costs of high-acuity care.

Critical Care Manager also provides clinicians with remote access to the vast and rapidly-changing data generated in critical care areas, allowing them to support the department and patient care while away from the ICU.

Highlights of Critical Care Manager Version 8.0 New Features include:

Care Metrics: this new feature enables the clinical team to review data on key events and treatments, such as the initiation of ventilator support and antibiotic therapy from a single viewing location - both of which may require an intervention, depending upon when the treatment with the patient began. This feature facilitates medical management of the patient's care and further supports one central electronic patient record.

Combined Medication Orders: Critical Care Manager now supports the creation, prescription and documentation of combined medication orders, enabling the system to more efficiently reflect the total amount of individual medications administered. This client-driven enhancement helps to provide clinicians with more complete information on patient care and hospitals with more accurate data for tracking billable charges.

Enhanced Real-Time Fluid Functions: Clinicians can now modify fluid records to account for bolus infusions, independent of the actual time an infusion pump was initiated or discontinued. This enhancement to Critical Care Manager's real-time fluid interface helps improve the accuracy of charting.

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