Microsoft and Microsoft Healthcare Users Group Name Industry Solution Award Winners for Health Care

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 13, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. and Microsoft® Healthcare Users Group (MS-HUG) today announced the winners of the annual Industry Solutions Awards (ISA) for Healthcare as part of the Windows® on Healthcare IV conference in Orlando, Fla. The awards were presented by John D. Carpenter Jr., worldwide health-care industry manager at Microsoft, in a special ceremony Tuesday morning.

Category winners were selected from approximately 75 entries, 22 of which made it to the final round. The ISA awards are designed to recognize innovative health-care solution vendors using Microsoft technology – specifically the Windows NT® Server operating system and the BackOffice® family of products – to provide tangible business solutions for health-care organizations. Participants were tested on a range of measurable business-benefit scenarios and asked by an independent panel of judges to demonstrate that their customer application offers the best features and functionality.

“Today more than 400 health-care applications are available for Microsoft Windows NT,”
Carpenter said.
“These ISA winners represent some of the most innovative solutions being developed on Microsoft architecture to benefit the health-care industry.”

ISAH Winners by Category

Following are the winners in the seven ISA categories specific to health care:

  • Acute Care (Administrative/Financial Systems). Automating Peripherals Inc. developed The Navigator Series, a comprehensive suite of payroll and human resource software applications. The system automates everything from position budgeting to applicant tracking to benefit enrollment to payroll processing.

  • Acute Care (Clinical/Patient Information Systems). Articulate Systems Inc. created PowerScribe Radiology, a highly accurate continuous speech recognition system for radiologist and group practices that are looking to reduce the transcription cost and turnaround of their dictated reports.

  • Ambulatory Care (Administrative/Financial Systems). Millbrook Corp., formed by two veterans of Microsoft, developed a solution called Millbrook Paradigm. Millbrook Paradigm is a health-care information system that addresses the practice management needs of physician offices and organizations and provides the links to other health-care and business applications.

  • Ambulatory Care (Clinical/Patient Information Systems). AVION (formerly Avio) created Clinical Manager, a computerized patient record that is designed as an integral part of a practice management system that automates data collection/storage and provides secure access to patient medical information throughout the enterprise.

  • Managed Care. Quality Care Solutions developed QMACS, a fast, flexible payer system that provides a complete IS solution to managed care organizations. The system manages all the relationships between the payer organization, its member and providers.

  • Other (Administrative/Financial Systems). Automating Peripherals created a solution called The Payrollmation Series, a time and attendance system. The system accommodates multiple input options, powerful core processing, sophisticated reporting capabilities and expanded automation options.

  • Other (Clinical/Patient Information Systems). IDX Systems Corp. developed IDX OutReach, a solution that supports the delivery and collection of data to the broad community of users in a health-care delivery network. Using the OutReach product, the multiple sources of information in a delivery network can be summarized and displayed, allowing the provider to make the correct clinical and financial decisions in providing patient care.

ISA Category Descriptions

Types of Health-Care Systems

Administrative/Financial Systems includes appointment scheduling; patient admissions, discharges or transfers; patient registration; staffing or scheduling; medical staff credentials; practice management or patient billing; insurance claims processing; accounts receivable or accounts payable; costing; contract management; and materials management.

Clinical/Patient Information Systems includes physician support, nursing support, patient care information systems, results reporting, access to medical research data, and information shared between hospitals and physicians. Other examples of Clinical/Patient Information Systems are medical records or charts, care plans, transcription, patient histories, Web sites for posting medical images and voice notes, Internet consultations between physicians, record security, online preoperative evaluation through post-operative recovery, and ICU.

Areas of Specialty

  • Acute Care includes hospitals and other health-care organizations that provide acute care or critical care.

  • Ambulatory Care includes group practices, individual practitioners and clinics.

  • Managed Care includes payer systems, insurance companies and health maintenance organizations.

  • Other includes home health care, long-term care, and dental and other miscellaneous health-care organizations.

Award Winners Selection Committee

Three finalists in each of seven categories were selected by a preliminary judging panel of industry executives. These finalists then demonstrated their solutions at the MS-HUG conference. The winners were chosen after the judges viewed their solutions on site.

With headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich., the independent, nonprofit Microsoft Healthcare Users Group is the leading health-care industry forum for exchanging ideas, promoting learning and sharing solutions for information systems using Microsoft technologies. MS-HUG works to provide industry leadership, drive appropriate standards and develop associated requirements in support of health-care solutions. The diverse membership of MS-HUG is unified by a shared

interest in implementing vendor- and user-developed software based on Microsoft technology to improve quality and efficiency in health care.

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