SAN DIEGO, Oct. 30, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. and Microsoft Healthcare Users Group (MS-HUG) today named seven leading software vendors as winners of the 2001 Industry Solution Awards for Healthcare (ISAH). In addition, Microsoft announced the winner of its Physician of the Year award. The ISAH and Microsoft Physician of the Year awards, presented at Windows® on Healthcare 2001, the seventh annual conference and exhibition of MS-HUG, recognize developers of healthcare applications and a practicing physician who best use Microsoft® technology.
Industry Solution Awards for Healthcare
An independent panel of judges selected the seven ISAH winners based on their use of Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft SQL Server™
7.0 or higher and Microsoft enterprise platform technology to provide tangible business benefits to healthcare organizations. The winners, selected from 21 finalists out of a field of 77 entries, were asked to demonstrate how their applications offered the best features and functionality to the healthcare industry.
“We are delighted to have so many innovative companies enter the Industry Solution Awards for Healthcare this year,”
said Mark McDougall, executive director of MS-HUG.
“These software solutions take advantage of Microsofts technology platform to offer healthcare organizations powerful, flexible solutions that maximize productivity and business value.”
Healthcare Winners by Category
Acute Care, Administrative/Financial Systems
Automating Peripherals Inc. for the Payrollmation Series
Acute Care, Clinical/Patient Information Systems
Wellogic Inc. for Wellogic Consult
Ambulatory Care, Administrative/Financial Systems
Compusense Inc. for Ntierprise
Ambulatory Care, Clinical/Patient Information Systems
JMJ Technologies Inc. for EncounterPRO
QCSI for QMACS
ProVox Technologies for ProVox Technologies TalkNotes
QCSI for aQserv
Three finalists in each of the seven categories demonstrated their solutions at the Windows on Healthcare 2001 conference, and winners were chosen after the judges viewed their solutions on site. The final panel of judges included Joseph Amoroso, director (client CIO) of management services, First Consulting Group; Paul Hansen, director of information services, Mercy Health Plans Inc.; John Hummel, CIO and vice president of Information Services, Sutter Health; Mark Lederman, independent consultant, Ventures in Healthcare; Nick Mathe, president, Three Dot Communications/aka Inside Medical Technology; Michael Hilts, publisher and editorial director, Health Management Technology Magazine; Charles Potter, director of medical informatics, Strang Cancer Prevention Center; Elaine Callas, senior vice president and CIO, Centura Health; Josh Fisher, healthcare analyst, Dresdner RCM Global Investors; Seth Frank, vice president of securities research, A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc.; Mark Anderson, FHIMSS, healthcare IT futurist and CEO, AC Group, Inc.; and Benjamin Rooks, executive director of equity research, CIBC World Markets.
Microsoft Physician of the Year
A second panel of five industry experts and analysts selected the Microsoft Physician of the Year, Dr. Eric Mankin, chief medical officer at Temple Physicians Inc., Temple University Health System in Philadelphia, Pa. Mankin was one of four finalists out of a field of 40 physician entries for the award. Based on his use of Pocket PC-based mobile devices integrated with his organizations enterprise information system to improve the quality of patient care at Temple University Health System, Mankin was announced the winner this morning by Jeff Raikes, group vice president of the Business Productivity Group at Microsoft, during his keynote speech at the conference.
Mankin championed the use of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions TouchWorks solution, a suite of handheld wireless clinical-decision support solutions for physicians at the point of care, on mobile devices for 135 of Temple University Health Systems physicians to generate prescriptions, route them to pharmacies electronically, check for drug-to-drug interactions and manage formulary compliance. Allscripts TouchWorks solution uses a Pocket PC device connected wirelessly to a workstation application running SQL Server and Windows 2000.
“My role as chief medical officer is to enhance the quality of care for our organizations active patient population of 150,000, reduce malpractice risk in an extraordinarily risky county (Philadelphia), and manage the costs of care delivery for a health system that has accepted the insurance risk for 75,000 of its patients all while meeting the expectations of a chronically frustrated physician group that is overly burdened by paperwork, phone calls and interminable hassles, such as memorizing eight different managed-care formularies,”
“I piloted TouchWorks in my family practice, and then aggressively championed and implemented the TouchWorks product from Allscripts for our primary-care physicians and many specialists, which has allowed us to make considerable strides in each area.”
Mankin noted that his efforts in promoting use of a Pocket PC-based mobile device have allowed Temples physicians to increase generic drug utilization from 39 percent to 50 percent, helped them negotiate a 10 percent reduction in their malpractice premiums, and begun to slow the rise of what had been a 20 percent annual increase in their pharmacy budget.
“These mobile devices have allowed us to start to attack the persistent frustration of our doctors who saw no help on the horizon in their battle against a bureaucratic blizzard of prior authorizations, pharmacy phone calls and angry patients who are bearing ever-increasing shares of the cost of their drugs,”
“Physicians will adopt technology that fits within their daily practice of medicine and that demonstrates cost savings, streamlines the practice of medicine, helps improve the quality of medical care, and is intuitive and easy to use,”
said Dr. Ahmad Hashem, global healthcare industry manager at Microsoft.
“The Pocket PC offers physicians a secure, expandable mobile platform that helps them improve the quality of medical care, through the ability to access critical patient information, while reducing both medical errors and costs and boosting efficiency.”
The Microsoft Physician of the Year panel of judges was made up of Dr. Terry Clark, F.A.C.S., president of Global eMedicine LLC; Josh Fisher, healthcare analyst for Dresdner RCM Global Investors LLC; Dr. C. Martin Harris, executive director of the e-Cleveland Clinic and CIO of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Dr. Randolph Miller, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University; and Dr. Edward Zabrek, F.A.C.O.G., medical editor of Pocket PC Magazine.
With headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich., the independent, nonprofit Microsoft Healthcare Users Group is the leading healthcare 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 healthcare solutions. The diverse membership of MS-HUG is united by a shared interest in implementing vendor- and user-developed software based on Microsoft technology to improve quality and efficiency in healthcare. More information can be found on MS-HUGs Web site at http://www.mshug.org/.
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