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Novell Prescribes One Net to Healthcare Market

Novell Healthcare Combines Proven Products, Education and Consulting Services to Address the more than $1 Trillion Healthcare Market

NEW ORLEANS (HIMSS Conference) | February 5, 2001

  • Novell Healthcare provides organizations with single global network to reduce costs and improve healthcare services
  • Consultant& Systems Integrator partners offer healthcare solutions based on Novell Net services software
  • Novell Net services software successfully deployed at leading healthcare companies

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today announced Novell Healthcare, a new practice from Novell Consulting that combines Novell's Net services software with strategic industry alliances, education and consulting services, to address the more than $1 trillion U.S. healthcare industry. Novell Healthcare will provide organizations with a single unified global network -one Net for healthcare - giving healthcare companies the power to simplify and accelerate their move from the traditional way of doing business to increase the efficiency of hospital staff, reduce administrative costs, and ultimately enhance the quality of service and healthcare.

Novell Healthcare is aimed at giving organizations the power to address today's challenges including managing new industry regulations like Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), ever-changing relationships with managed care providers and consumers, upgrading infrastructure, and Internet integration. Novell Net services software provides the infrastructure for healthcare organizations both to serve customers better and to improve the bottom line.

Novell Healthcare Empowering eHealth

"University of Alabama Health System is pleased with the eDirectory Net Services which Novell has integrated into our healthcare system," commented Martha Griffin, End User Support Manager, University of Alabama Health System Information Services. "Our ability to succeed depends on secure, ultra-fast, and government-compliant systems infrastructure. Standardizing on Novell technology has helped us improve our business processes, physician productivity, and delivery of patient care. Through the use of tools like Novell's ZENworks, GroupWise, NetWare and NetWare Cluster Services , and BorderManager we've become very efficient at supporting more with less."

UAB Health System is an operating corporation with multiple member entities. It is listed as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation, according to US News& World Report, and designated a "most wired" hospital for the 3rd year in a row from Health Management Technology magazine.

According to Peter Kidd, head of Information Technology at Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospitals NHS Trust in the United Kingdom, "Utilizing Novell's Net services software, we have been able to deliver valuable online services that enable our staff to significantly improve the level of healthcare for patients in the district. We were one of the first NHS Trusts to deliver components at all levels of the Electronic Patient Record mandate, including telemedicine applications, and we are also the only NHS Trust to successfully implement direct patient referrals where General Practitioners can make direct bookings online for routine surgery. We chose Novell Net services software because it supports our 'zero-tolerance networking' objective of keeping all IT services available and effective for all users. Novell technology is Internet-aware, integrates with all our systems and supports open standards. In my view, a Windows NT infrastructure just doesn't have the coherence to meet our objectives."

Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospitals NHS Trust employs over 5,000 staff with beds for in excess of 1,100 patients at multiple locations in West Yorkshire. Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield is a regional specialist for plastic surgery and the treatment of burns.

Novell Partners Leverage Net Services Software

Novell is partnering with PricewaterhouseCoopers to combine healthcare consulting expertise with best-of-breed products to deliver comprehensive healthcare solutions to customers worldwide according to Andrew Ward, PricewaterhouseCoopers partner-in-charge of the healthcare consulting practice, "We feel the combination of PricewaterhouseCoopers' healthcare industry expertise and Novell's Net services software will give healthcare companies an end-to-end solution to provide them a more operationally efficient environment for processing healthcare claims - while securing the privacy and confidentiality of the information under their control."

Novell Providing One Net for Healthcare to Customers Worldwide

Novell Net services software is successfully deployed at healthcare organizations throughout the world, enabling them to consolidate and manage their networks. This has improved their bottom line, helping reduce traditional high costs of managing multiple systems and redundant patient information. Anna-Laberge Hospital Centre, Capital Region Healthcare, Children's Hospital Oakland, Hartford Hospital, Health First, Metropolitan Health, Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospitals NHS Trust, Rush Presbyterian at St. Luke's Medical Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, among others, have increased cost-savings by making their IT staff more efficient, and allowing doctors and nurses to be more productive by reducing paperwork requirements.

"Novell Healthcare is a new practice at Novell that combines products, services and consulting programs targeted at the medical sector to help health organizations simplify and accelerate their transformation to eBusiness. By bringing one Net to healthcare, Novell is helping companies address new challenges facing the global healthcare market today, including reducing healthcare costs, detecting fraud, reducing errors, and improving the quality and effective reach of medical care," said Alex Salehi, vice president of Novell Professional Services. "In conjunction with our partners, Novell's is targeting three key areas: enterprise management, Electronic Data Integration, and helping companies address pressing government regulations like HIPAA."

About Novell Healthcare

Leveraging Novell healthcare practice and strategic alliances with industry partners, Novell is providing core expertise in security and IT assessments with focus on the advantages of directory-enabled infrastructure for security and management. For more detailed information on Novell Healthcare and offerings please visit www.novell.com/consulting.

About Novell
Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), is the leading provider of Net services software that delivers services to secure and power all types of networks the Internet, intranets, and extranets; wired to wireless; corporate and public across leading operating systems. Novell's Net services software provides the foundation for one Net a single global network that supports new applications and forms of business. Worldwide channel, consulting, education and technical support programs, along with strategic alliances, combine Novell Net services software with third-party products and services to form complete Net solutions.

For information on Novell's complete range of products and services, contact Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272), or visit Novell's Web site at http://www.novell.com. Press may access Novell announcements and company information on the World Wide Web at http://www.novell.com/pressroom. In addition, detailed comparisons between Novell products and competitive offerings from other vendors are available on the Web at http://www.novell.com/competitive.

Novell, Border Manager, GroupWise and ZENworks are registered trademarks, and eDirectory and Novell CLuster Services are trademarks of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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Novell, Inc.
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Email: jpilmer@novell.com



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