LOS ANGELES, CA, December 1, 2012 - Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, the largest private, not-for-profit medical center in the East Bay, recently announced the renewal of its Information Technology support agreement with Aptium Oncology, Inc.

An affiliate of Sutter Health, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is recognized as one of the nation's top hospitals for clinical excellence and patient safety. The California-based medical center was recently voted one of the Best Regional Hospitals for 2012-2013 by the U.S. News & World Report. Aptium Oncology IT Consulting is a Los Angeles-based provider of integrated information technology solutions designed for hospital outpatient departments with specialization in oncology services.

The agreement calls for Aptium Oncology to continue to deliver customized IT solutions to meet the complex needs of the Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center. Located on the Herrick Campus in Berkeley, California, the cancer center has one of the East Bay's most extensive cancer care programs, offering advanced treatment options and program support.

Wes Scruggs, Aptium's Chief Information Officer, states, "We are pleased to renew our long standing partnership with Alta Bates Sutter in support of their oncology operations. We value their commitment to the patient experience and will continue to work with them on delivering the best possible patient care." Over the years, Aptium has developed deep expertise in configuring IT processes and technology to meet the unique needs of busy hospital-based oncologists.

Kathy Troutner, administrative director of the medical center's comprehensive cancer services, agrees, "Working with Aptium Oncology, we have been able to fine-tune our patient flow processes, using systems configured to enhance the patient experience." Troutner adds that the enhanced systems and processes allow the staff to quickly assess patient flow, identify overflow and crowding at a glance. "Tracking patient wait times in the center has enabled us to identify any bottlenecks as they occur and address them in real time."

Alta Bates and Aptium Oncology both agree that providing real-time information solutions at the point of care - intuitively organized for quick and easy access - deliver benefits beyond decreased operating costs, better reimbursement tracking and fewer errors. "Ultimately, the greatest benefit of a robust IT system is enhanced health care delivery, which results in quality outcomes and high levels of patient satisfaction. That remains our primary goal," adds Troutner.

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