Health-Care Software Vendors Prepare to Ship Applications On Microsoft SQL Server 7.0

ATLANTA, Feb. 22, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that leading industry software vendors have developed and plan to ship more than 45 health-care applications for Microsoft® SQL Server
7.0 by April 1999 . The health-care applications developed for SQL Server 7.0 range from physician practice management solutions on handheld devices to Web-based managed-care solutions and enterprisewide clinical and financial solutions.

Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 enables independent software vendors and customers to build and deploy scalable health-care solutions for electronic commerce, line-of-business, mobile computing and data warehousing. SQL Server 7.0 is scalable from the laptop to the health-care enterprise.

“Health-care information has become a strategic and competitive advantage,” said John D. Carpenter Jr., worldwide health-care industry manager at Microsoft. “Integrated delivery systems, hospitals, providers and managed-care organizations depend on fast, accurate clinical and financial data to enhance patient care and lower costs. SQL Server 7.0 offers health-care organizations very powerful database capabilities at a lower cost and a faster, easier deployment.”

Health-Care Customers and Vendors Experience Benefits of SQL Server

St. Cloud Hospital

St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn., recently migrated its Spacelabs Intesys Caremaster Data Repository (CDR) to the Microsoft Windows NT® Server operating system and SQL Server 7.0. St. Cloud Hospital is part of the CentraCare integrated delivery network (IDN) that serves more than 500,000 people in a 12-country region of Minnesota and has
2,300 employees and a medical staff of more than 350 physicians. The IT department is composed of 2,100 workstations spread across the IDN’s campuses and among the affiliated physician group members, many of whom access the system from their off-site offices and from home.

St. Cloud Hospital decided to migrate to SQL Server 7.0 because operating in a mixed-platform environment was costly. “Migrating Spacelabs’ CDR onto Microsoft
Windows NT and SQL Server 7.0 has empowered the hospital to improve performance over
200 percent and simplified administration,” said Chuck Dooley, CIO of St. Cloud. “In addition, we’ve found the Microsoft BackOffice® family version of Spacelabs CDR to be two to four times faster.”

St. Cloud has experienced the following benefits:

  • Reduced costs, allowing the hospital to deploy on commodity-priced hardware platforms

  • Increased performance by SQL Server 7.0, reducing backups and restores from
    12 hours to less than one hour

  • Decreased operational and training costs due to managing only the Microsoft platform

  • Significant savings from reduced licensing and support fees

“As a health-care solution vendor, we knew we would ultimately save the customer money by migrating to SQL Server 7.0, but we were extremely impressed with the performance outcomes,” said Andrew Pitts, manager of product development at Spacelabs.

When needed a technology platform that was both scalable and reliable to deliver its health-care information to consumers, it turned to Microsoft. Microsoft technologies enabled to manage its explosive growth. Dr. C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General and founder of, said, “Microsoft has enabled us to produce and deliver the trusted health-care Web portal. They have helped to make the Internet a sophisticated tool to help consumers better manage their health.”

A leading Internet health-care portal with headquarters in Austin, Texas, is built on Microsoft’s Internet platform consisting of Windows NT Server, Internet Information Server, Site Server Commerce Edition and SQL Server 7.0. “The Microsoft platform has allowed us to rapidly expand and manage our content,” said Lou Scalpati, vice president of technology for “With more than 60,000 pages of content on our site, SQL Server 7.0 is the core technology that enables us to deliver personalized content to our millions of consumers. It is also used for our registration subsystem and custom applications.”

TeraCLIN Demonstrates Scalability of SQL Server 7.0

TeraCLIN, a prototype multiterabyte medical data warehouse built by Microsoft and Data General Corp., was developed to demonstrate the scalability of SQL Server 7.0, ActiveX® for Healthcare and Data General’s enterprise Windows NT Server platform built on AViiON servers and CLARiiON full Fibre Channel storage systems. The two companies developed TeraCLIN as part of a health-care relationship formed in 1998 to promote enterprise solutions using ActiveX for Healthcare. Data General was the first vendor in the industry to offer a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0.

TeraCLIN demonstrates the natural language query capabilities of SQL Server 7.0 that enable any health-care worker to run queries and analyze medical data to study clinical outcomes and enhance patient care. TeraCLIN not only interfaces with Microsoft English Query and OLAP tools, but also allows users to view medication profiles, encounters, billing and patient demographics. In addition, TeraCLIN can electronically archive images such as X-rays, audio and clinical dictation, streaming video and a variety of other data forms.

Microsoft SQL Server 7.0

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Health-Care Vendors Scheduled to Ship SQL Server 7.0 by April

Advanced Research Systems Inc. , ATLANTES care management system: care management software

Automating Peripherals Inc ., The Payrollmation Series Time and Attendance System; The Navigator Series Payroll and Human Resource System; The ED Track Series Education Management System: human resource management system

Avio , Decision Manager: data analysis application

Clinical Networx , Clinical Master 3.0: computerized patient record system

Clinitec International Inc. , NextGen: electronic medical records

CTR Business Systems
Inc. , PulseHedis 99: comprehensive suite of health-care solutions

Fonix Healthcare Solutions Group , PowerScribe Radiology; PowerScribe Emergency Medicine: speech recognition software

Health + Cast , Health + Cast Physician’s Desktop; Galileo Workflow Automation Server; Health + Cast Telemonitoring: clinical application

IDX Systems Corp. , IDXrad; IDXview: radiology information system and imaging suite

IMA Technologies , CaseTrakker: case management system

Infosys Inc. , MedSys; HomeSys; CareSystems; TheraSystems: information management technology

Inc. , InsurEnroll: Web-based managed care software

JMJ Technologies Inc. , EncounterPRO: patient record and workflow system

Lernout & Hauspie , L & H Clinical Reporter for Primary Care: electronic medical records

Linnaeus Inc. , TheSys: contract administration software

Mariner Systems Inc. , eMCee: claims processing and information management system

MasterChart Inc. , HealthFrame; The Practical EMR; electronic medical record

MDS Technologies LLC , MDServe: health-care information management system

MEDITECH , Data Repository: decision support software

MicroMed Healthcare Information Systems Inc. , Enterprise Practice Management System: enterprise practice management

MicroScript Corp. , MicroScript Server: application integration software

Millbrook Corp. , Millbrook Paradigm: practice management solution

Inc. , Compendia: electronic medical records

PointMent Inc. , The Healthcare Internet; Web Enrollment; Web Administrator; PointMapper; EligChecker: human resource management system, end-to-end eligibility solution

Pro Business Systems Inc. , HealthWare: health-care information management

Quality Care Solutions Inc. , QMACS: payor software

Sequoia Software
Corp. , InterChange2000: portal development software

Shared Medical Systems Corp. , Novius: comprehensive suite of health-care solutions

SoftMed/Innovative Health Systems , ChartStat: clinical data application

Spacelabs Intesys , Caremaster Data Repository: clinical data repository

Stockell Healthcare Systems Inc. , InsightCS: health-care information management system

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