Microsoft Teams With Technology Leaders to Demonstrate Enterprise Scalability of Windows NT-Based Health-Care Solutions
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 23, 1998 — Microsoft Corp., Data General Corp., Digital Equipment Corp., HBOC, IBM Corp., IDX Systems Corp., Quality Care Solutions Inc. and Shared Medical Systems Corp. (SMS) today are scheduled to demonstrate how the Microsoft® Windows NT® Server operating system and Microsoft SQL Server
database can combine to manage the largest enterprise applications for the health-care industry.
The demonstration is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. during Microsoft Healthcare Scalability Day (The Big Show) today at the Orange County Convention Center. More than 7,000 people from the health-care technology sector are expected to attend the event, which includes a performance by entertainer Bill Cosby.
“We want to show health-care industry professionals how Windows NT Server and the BackOffice® family can run highly complex applications for both small and large organizations using clusters of PC technology instead of million-dollar mainframes and costly UNIX operating systems,” said John Carpenter, worldwide health-care industry manager at Microsoft. “These demonstrations will show attendees that Windows NT offers a client/server architecture that’s as suitable for a small physician’s office as it is for an integrated delivery system.”
Tonight’s event is scheduled to include the following demonstrations:
Digital and Quality Care Solutions will demonstrate the QMACS quality managed care solution on a Digital Alpha Server. QMACS will simulate a large managed-care organization with more than 1 million members and process between 100,000 and 150,000 claims, including benefit plan, contract and provider information. The HCFA 1500 and UB-92 claims will be lined and keyed to demonstrate a mass claims adjudication and prove how many claims can be processed in a short time.
IDX Systems will demonstrate the IDXtendR Enterprise Patient Management System (EPMS) and Clinical Management System (CMS) running on Data General’s AV 8600 platform. CMS is a powerful product designed to automate the clinical encounter in the ambulatory setting, streamline clinical workflow and enable effective provider decision-making at the point of care. EMPS provides an enterprisewide, universal repository for patient/member registration information, visit histories and an enterprise master patient index by linking data from IDX and non-IDX applications.
Digital and SMS will demonstrate the NOVIUS Scheduling application running on a Digital Alpha Server. Using a high-performance data entry server, the application, with over 1 million appointments loaded into the system, will schedule appointments for 1,000 doctors at a rate that exceeds 100,000 appointments per day. The capacity of the data entry server exceeds that of 100 human schedulers working simultaneously, which far exceeds the needs of any health-care organization.
IBM and HBOC will demonstrate Pathways Health Network Expert (HNE), an enterprisewide master person index (EMPI) solution based on expert system technology designed to provide a unique person identification across the health enterprise. The Pathways HNE system will show a database containing more than 3 million patient records processed at a rate of more than 1,250 expert master patient index (MPI) matches per minute, running on IBM’s Netfinity 7000 server, a mission-critical Windows NT-based server.
“We are pleased to participate in the scalability event,” said Michael J. Sutkowski, general manager, U.S. health-care division, Data General. “We had been in conversation with IDX about our eightway Windows NT-based processor using Microsoft SQL Server since it was first released last November. The ability to have a forum to show prospective customers the capacity of our collective products and just how far IDX’s applications can scale on our AV8600 before making a commitment is great. We are excited about the opportunities of working with IDX in the enterprise-class Windows NT customer base.”
“Using Microsoft SQL Server and Windows NT, the IDX products have an open architecture that provides great flexibility,” said Jeff Sutherland, vice president of development for IDX. “Customers benefit from this strategy by being able to cost-effectively leverage their current hardware investment, while relying on the scalability and enterprisewide strength of Microsoft and Data General systems to support future growth.”
“Scheduling is a data-intensive process that integrated health networks (IHNs) need to operate effectively and streamline patient access. NOVIUS Scheduling, which is generally available, is designed to meet the performance objectives of IHNs and outperforms any other health-care scheduling system available today, with superior performance and functionality,” said David F. Perri, senior vice president of technology solutions and customer service at SMS. “It’s a client/server platform that provides health organizations with scalability and price/performance benefits.”
“Pathways HNE is a critical component for any integrated health-care enterprise,” said Duncan James, vice president of marketing at HBOC. “Without an EMPI, it would be impossible to link encounters across the enterprise into a longitudinal health record. The application expedites the cleanup of duplicate-person records from multiple MPI databases likely to be found in a health-care organization covering multiple settings of care.”
“Continued R and D investments by Microsoft and industry hardware manufacturers and solution developers will provide the health-care industry with higher levels of scalability, interoperability and manageability,” Microsoft’s Carpenter said.
Sales of Microsoft SQL Server licenses are growing at a rate of over 100 percent per year, and more than 200 applications covering many segments of the health-care industry are currently shipping on Windows NT and Microsoft SQL Server. The Windows NT and
BackOffice platform is specifically designed for large mission-critical enterprise applications, offering scalability and ease of use.
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