CareKeeper Software, Inc. Integrates VNA First's Home Care Steps(R) Clinical Pathways Into Its VividPoint Point-of-Care Software

ATLANTA, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- CareKeeper Software, Inc. a leading provider of home healthcare software solutions has signed an agreement with the leader in outcome-based clinical pathways, Innovative Healthcare Solutions, Inc. a subsidiary of VNA First, of Willowbrook, IL. Under this agreement, CareKeeper will integrate the Innovative Healthcare Solutions' Home Care Steps(R) Clinical Pathways into its VividPoint Point-of-Care software scheduled for general release in March 2005.

We are especially proud to have this relationship with Innovative Healthcare Solutions to integrate the home healthcare industry's leading outcome-based clinical pathways solution into VividPoint," stated Jake Levy, President and CEO of CareKeeper. "This agreement re-affirms our commitment to provide high-quality, innovative and cost-effective solutions for our customers which enable them to improve the level of care management for their patients."

"We are delighted to have been chosen by CareKeeper to become such an integral part of their VividPoint system," said Gail Gahn, CEO of Innovative Healthcare Solutions. "CareKeeper is known as a leader and pioneer in innovative technologies for the home healthcare market, and we are pleased to know that VNA First's Home Care Steps(R) Clinical Pathways will be a major part of their clinical automation strategy.

Patient Care, Inc., a 25 office home healthcare agency headquartered out of West Orange, NJ, is a joint customer between CareKeeper Software and Innovative Healthcare Solutions. "Our company is continually looking at ways to improve the level and quality of care we deliver our homecare patients," stated Mary Lou Roos, Vice President of Clinical Operations. "We are thrilled to know that these two industry leaders have joined forces to offer a comprehensive and powerful Point-of-Care solution that our nurses will find easy-to-use and one in which our patients will benefit from."

About Innovative Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Innovative Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (IHCS) (http://www.innovativehcs.com/ ), is a leading provider of clinical pathway and patient education solutions and disease management programs to the healthcare market. As a subsidiary of VNA First, IHCS' Home Care Steps(R) Clinical Pathways have been licensed in over 700 sites in the United States, Canada, Australia and Brazil. IHCS's goal is to research, develop, educate, marketing and offer customer support programs for its Home Care Steps(R) Protocols, Patient Education Guides, Disease Management Programs and Telehealth pathways. Innovative Healthcare Solutions, Inc. is headquartered in Willowbrook, IL.

About Patient Care, Inc.

Founded in 1975, Patient Care, Inc. (http://www.patientcare.com/ ) is one of the largest home health care providers of both acute and long-term care in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut region. In 1988, Patient Care became the first free-standing home health care agency in the country to be awarded accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Seeking this voluntary accreditation, with its rigorous requirements, is a tangible demonstration of our commitment to nationally recognized standards for quality home care.

About CareKeeper Software, Inc.

CareKeeper Software, Inc. (http://www.carekeeper.com/ ), founded in 1986, is a leader in home healthcare and medical staffing software solutions. With hundreds of clients nationally, CareKeeper's Schedule Driven Financial Management Software(R) provides real-time decision support solutions that enable agencies to proactively manage their entire operations and improve patient care. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, CareKeeper is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider.

CareKeeper Software, Inc.

CONTACT: Bob Anderson of CareKeeper Software, Inc., +1-800-233-1542,ext. 113, or banderson@carekeeper.com

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