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Canon U.S.A., Nuance Demonstrate Conformance to Latest Healthcare Interoperability Standards at IHE North American Connectathon 2012

eCopy ShareScan Enables HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Based Exchange Between Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFPs and Leading Electronic Health Record (EHR)Systems

BURLINGTON, Mass. and LAKE SUCCESS, NY, January 17, 2012 Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, and Nuance Communications, Inc., a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions, today announced that the companies have completed successful interoperability testing of Nuance eCopy ShareScan v5 software for converting and passing scanned documents from Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFPs (along with Canon imageRUNNER Multifunction Embedded Application Platform (MEAP)-enabled MFPs) into electronic health record (EHR) applications. The Canon/Nuance initiative advances the healthcare industry goal to create a complete patient health story by enriching EHRs through the inclusion of paper-based, clinical document information, and facilitating the seamless exchange of healthcare information.

Canon and Nuance successfully completed the testing of the Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing and Cross Enterprise Sharing of Scanned Documents profiles at the recent IHE North America Connectathon. With over 150 systems and more than 500 participants, the IHE North American Connectathon is the leading forum to demonstrate systems interoperability for the health information technology market. eCopy ShareScan v5, running on a Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFP, successfully executed scan workflows to generate Health Level Seven International (HL7) Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) messages that enable the standardized passing of patient records to content consumers -- such as an electronic health record systems -- that are accessible online throughout the patient care continuum.

Of the 1.2 billion clinical documents produced in the United States each year, approximately 60 percent contain valuable information trapped in unstructured documents, such as clinical notes, that are unavailable for clinical use, quality measurement and data mining. To address this issue, the Health Story Project was founded by a collaborative of healthcare vendors, providers and associations to develop and promote data standards through HL7 that support the flow of information between unstructured documents and electronic medical records. Nuance and Canon U.S.A. are both members of the Health Story Project.

“Delivering successful interoperability of eCopy ShareScan, Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFPs, and leading EHR applications, moves us closer to advancing healthcare information exchange to improve patient care and create efficiencies that will help drive down healthcare costs,” said Robert Weideman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nuance Document Imaging. “Nuance has deep healthcare expertise and strong commitment to helping healthcare organizations gain immediate and continuous availability to vital clinical documents, while also ensuring confidentiality and security.”

“For too many healthcare organizations, paper-based content still restricts information flow in patient care, and creates administrative inefficiencies and excess costs,” said Sam Yoshida, vice president and general manager, Canon U.S.A. “Canon has been steadfast in supporting standards, such as HL7 CDA, because they help healthcare organizations extend interoperability across all aspects of patient care to eliminate error-prone manual processes and increase information accessibility.”

eCopy ShareScan is one of the world’s best-selling document scanning and workflow solutions for networked multifunction printers (MFPs). The software provides healthcare organizations with everything needed to automate their paper-to-digital workflows, letting healthcare professionals scan paper documents easily and securely using existing investments in network MFPs and scanners. eCopy ShareScan is the leader in connecting MFPs to back-end applications through eCopy Connectors, with over 100 connectors available from Nuance and its partners.

Canon offers a full line of devices and software solutions to streamline clinical workflows, improve forms processing, and help support the importing of patient information into EMR systems. The Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE systems offer the one-touch integration workflows and high speed printing and scanning capabilities that help healthcare organizations jumpstart their efforts to join the digital age. Quicker access to critical patient information can help these organizations deliver accurate care while benefiting from more efficient, lower-cost workflows.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business and industrial digital imaging solutions. With more than $45 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks fourth overall in patent holdings in the U.S. in 2010† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2011. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

About Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visitwww.nuance.com.

†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

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