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Olympus America Inc. and Caris Diagnostics Partner to Unveil New Pathology Reporting Tool

Preferred partnership automates pathology for endoscopy providers, thereby enhancing diagnostic patient care.

Center Valley, PA, October 28, 2011 — Olympus, a precision technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions in Medical and Surgical Products, among other core businesses, and Caris Diagnostics, a leading provider of expert anatomic pathology services, have partnered to introduce a new automated pathology reporting interface.

Olympus EndoWorks is a robust, web-based information management solution that spans all stages of GI and pulmonary patient care. The system allows facilities to capture HD clinical images and videos, generate physician procedure reports and letters, and archive critical patient data to their HIS/EMR system. By providing faster, simpler access to medical information electronically, EndoWorks helps facilities reach new levels of efficiency.

Through a preferred partnership with Caris Diagnostics, Olympus’ new EndoWorks 7.4 interface offers endoscopy providers an automated pathology solution, helping clinicians simplify and expedite the pathology requisition and report retrieval process.

CarisPath Expert GI Pathology services represent the world’s largest outpatient GI pathology practice, interpreting more than 1,600 GI biopsies daily. Caris Diagnostics, with state-of-the-art laboratories,  and world-class physicians provides gastroenterologists with academic-caliber expertise and unsurpassed service.

“As a global endoscopy leader, Olympus is focused on maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of endoscopic observation, diagnosis and treatment on behalf of physicians worldwide," commented Rick Harbuck, Group Vice President for Olympus America’s Medical Systems Group. “We are pleased to collaborate with this high-quality diagnostic partner to better streamline the process of lab results delivery. Our goal in this partnership is an enhanced level of patient care.”

“CarisPath Expert GI Pathology Services is committed to providing the most sophisticated diagnostic services possible to our clinical partners and their patients,” said Caris Diagnostics’ Chief Medical Officer, Richard H. Lash, M.D. “Partnering with a proven, high-quality leader like Olympus allows Caris to provide more seamless, integrated pathology consultations, while helping our clinical colleagues share critical information, ultimately improving patient care.”

The EndoWorks interface allows clinicians to generate specimen labels, view and print daily specimen logs, electronically access status and diagnostic reports, update patient reports, search by patient, print requisitions and lab results, and interface pathology records with the EndoWorks system. In addition, the interface allows for automatic attachment of essential procedure data and summary notes, allowing the pathologist to see a more comprehensive picture of the patient’s condition for a more specific diagnosis.

About Olympus Medical Systems Olympus develops solutions for healthcare professionals that help improve outcomes and enhance quality of life for their patients. By enabling less invasive procedures, innovative diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, and early stage lung cancer evaluation and treatments, Olympus is transforming the future of healthcare.

For more information about Olympus America, visit www.olympusamerica.com.
For more information about EndoWorks, visit www.olympusamerica.com/endoworks.

About Caris Diagnostics
Caris Diagnostics, a leading provider of expert subspecialty pathology services, is focused on improving patient care through research, and ongoing education of our faculty. The company’s CarisPath™ expert GI pathology services provide high-quality, highly actionable and accurate diagnostic and prognostic information to ordering physicians. The company is headquartered in the Dallas metroplex and operates laboratories at the headquarters as well as in the Phoenix and Boston metro areas.

Media Contacts:
Megan Longenderfer, Olympus, (484) 896-5579, megan.longenderfer@olympus.com
Holly Clark, Caris Life Sciences, (214) 596-7060, hclark@carisls.com

Some earlier versions of Olympus EndoWorks can be upgraded via a patch to use the pathology interface.