Redmond, Wa., Aug. 18, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. and Microsoft Healthcare Users Group (MS-HUG) Inc. today named 19 vendors as finalists for the third annual Industry Solution Awards for Healthcare (ISAH). An independent panel of judges selected finalists based on their use of Microsoft® technology, specifically the Microsoft Windows NT® Server network operating system and the Microsoft BackOffice® family of products, to provide tangible business benefits to health-care organizations.
A preliminary judging panel of industry experts and analysts selected finalists in each of nine categories from approximately 96 entries. These finalists will have the opportunity to demonstrate their solutions at the MS-HUG Windows® on Healthcare conference in San Diego Sept. 13-17, 1999. Participants will be tested on a range of measurable business-benefit scenarios and asked to demonstrate how their application offers customers the best features and functionality. The winners in nine categories will be chosen after the judges view their solutions on site and will be announced in a special ceremony on Sept. 14 at the conference. Bill Gates, chairman and CEO of Microsoft, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s MS-HUG conference.
“Growing numbers of independent software vendors are taking advantage of the significant benefits that Microsoft’s platform technology provides in creating robust scalable solutions for health-care organizations,”
said Richard Noffsinger, worldwide group health-care industry manager at Microsoft.
“We are recognizing these finalists’ ability to create impressive best-of-breed solutions that offer their customers the interoperability and scalability they require in today’s health-care environment.”
Health-Care ISA Finalists by Category
Following are the finalists in the nine ISA categories:
Acute Care – Administrative/Financial Systems
Automating Peripherals Inc.
Data General Corp.
Acute Care – Clinical/Patient Information Systems
The Method Factory Inc.
Ambulatory Care – Administrative/Financial Systems
Health Information Systems Inc.
Ambulatory Care – Clinical/Patient Information Systems
Brentwood Medical Products
JMJ Technologies Inc.
Managed Care/Payor – Administrative/Financial Systems
Passport Health Communications
Unlimited Innovations Inc.
Managed Care/Payor – Clinical/Patient Information Systems
ParkStone Medical Information Systems Inc.
Integrated Visions Inc.
Pro Business Systems Inc.
Other – Administrative/Financial Systems
Automating Peripherals Inc.
Health Informations Systems Inc.
Other – Clinical/Patient Information Systems
Brentwood Medical Products
Sequoia Software Corp.
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/Payor includes payor systems, insurance companies and health maintenance organizations.
Emerging Technologies includes health-care applications that incorporate the Windows CE operating system.
Administrative/Financial Systems includes appointment scheduling; admission, discharge and transfer; registration; staffing and scheduling; medical staff credentialing; practice management; patient billing; insurance claims processing; accounts receivable; accounts payable; costing; contract management; and materials management.
Clinical/Patient Information Systems includes physician support; nursing support; patient care information systems; results reporting; and access to medical research data and shared information between hospitals and physicians. The Clinical/Patient Information Systems category also includes medical records and charting; 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.
Other includes home health care, long-term care, dental and miscellaneous health-care organizations.
Award Winners Selection Committee
The final judging panel includes Joseph Amoroso, director, University Physicians Inc.; Mark R. Anderson, vice president and service director, Healthcare IT Strategies, META Group Inc.; Larry F. Blevins, president and CIO, Mercy Information Services; Paul D. Hansen, director, Information Systems, Mercy Health Plans; John Hummel, director, System Applications and Integration, Sutter Health; Charlene Marietti, senior technology writer, Healthcare Informatics; Nick Mathe, president, Three Dot Communications; Charles E. Potter, director, Medical Informatics, Strang Cancer Prevention Center; Benjamin Rooks, director, Equity Research, CIBC Oppenheimer; Dan Vogel, vice president, META Group.
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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