Microsoft and Microsoft Healthcare Users Group Name Winners Of Industry Solution Awards for Healthcare

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 15, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. and the Microsoft Healthcare Users Group (MS-HUG) Inc. today presented the 1999 Industry Solution Awards for Healthcare (ISAH) to nine leading software vendors at the Windows® on Healthcare V conference. The winners include Data General Corp., Picis, Millbrook Corp., Brentwood Medical Products, Passport Health Communications, Parkstone Medical Information Systems Inc., Automating Peripherals Inc., MedInformatix Inc. and Integrated Visions Inc. The ISAH awards are designed to recognize developers of health-care software applications that best use Microsoft® technology, specifically the Windows NT® Server operating system and the BackOffice® family of products.

The awards were presented at a ceremony this afternoon by Edward Kopetsky, MS-HUG chairman of the board of directors and senior vice president and CIO of Centura Health. Winners were selected from approximately 96 entries, 19 of which made it into the final rounds. An independent panel of judges selected winners and finalists based on their use of Microsoft technology, specifically the Microsoft Windows NT and BackOffice family of products. Participants were tested on a range of measurable business benefit scenarios and asked to demonstrate that their customer application offered the best features and functionality.

“We are pleased to have had so many companies enter the ISA for Healthcare awards this year,”
said Mark McDougall, executive director of MS-HUG.
“These vendors are truly taking advantage of the power of the Microsoft platform to offer customers affordable, innovative solutions that maximize productivity and improve patient care.”

“We are excited about the diverse range of innovative and scalable applications from all the companies that entered this competition,”
said Richard Noffsinger, worldwide group health-care manager at Microsoft.
“The winning solutions demonstrate how Microsoft platform technologies can be used as the basis for powerful, flexible and scalable systems that enable health-care organizations to lower their total cost of ownership.”

Healthcare ISA Winners by Category

Acute Care (Administrative/Financial Systems)

Data General Corp. – Centralized Paperless Business Office – Westboro, Mass.

Acute Care (Clinical/Patient Information Systems)

Picis – Picis CareSuite – Arlington, Va.

Ambulatory Care (Administrative/Financial Systems)

Millbrook Corp. – Millbrook Paradigm – Carollton, Texas

Ambulatory Care (Clinical/Patient Information Systems)

Brentwood Medical Products – The Valentine ECG Diagnostics Workstation – Torrence, Calif.

Managed Care/Payor (Administrative/Financial Systems)

Passport Health Communications – Passport OneSource – Franklin, Tenn.

Managed Care/Payor (Clinical/Patient Information Systems)

ParkStone Medical Information Systems Inc. – PPARIS – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

(Physician’s Prescription and Referral Information Systems)

Emerging Technologies

Integrated Vision Inc. – Privacy Curtain Clinical Sign-On – Sebastian, Fla.

Other (Administrative/Financial Systems)

Automating Peripherals Inc. – The Payrollmation Services – Hartford, Wis.

Other (Clinical/Patient Information Systems)

MedInformatix Inc. – MedInformatix – Los Angeles

ISA Category Descriptions

  • 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. Emerging Technologies is a new category this year.

  • 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 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, and dental and miscellaneous health-care organizations.

Award Winners Selection Committee

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

The final judging panel included Joseph Amoroso, director, First Consulting Group; 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, CIO, 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.

About MS-HUG and Microsoft

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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