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• Automating Peripherals’ (API; Hartford, WI) EdTrack employee education tracking system is now available for use with a Microsoft Windows NT server. The offering demonstrates the company's commitment to providing customers with "a consistent end-to-end solution based on Microsoft technology that includes SQL Server, BackOffice and now Windows NT," according to Luis Garcia, API’s CEO. EdTrack allows healthcare organizations to monitor education requirements and schedule training to keep employee credentials up to date. It operates as a stand-alone system or with API's line of payroll, human resource and other system solutions.
• Mercy Health Plans and parent organization Mercy Health Services (Farmington Hills, MI) have released a Drug Pricing Guide for physicians to help control prescription costs. The guide provides a composite of the drugs prescribed most frequently and those that have generic equivalents. The copyrighted guide will be updated several times each year and has no affiliation with a pharmaceutical firm, according to its developers, Stephen Lash, PharmD, chief pharmacy officer for Mercy Health Services, and Bruce VanCleve, MD, executive vice president of professional services for Mercy Health Services.
• Owens & Minor (Richmond, VA) has introduced WISDOM, an Internet-based decision support tool to help healthcare customers standardize product lines, save money through better contract compliance and consolidate information within an integrated healthcare network. The technology connects Owens & Minor’s subscribers to its data warehouse, where it offers secured access to in-depth account information about their medical/surgical product purchases, inventory and usage, contract compliance and other customized data. WISDOM is the first electronic business intelligence application of its kind within the industry, according to Owens & Minor’s chairman and CEO, G. Gilmer Minor.
• PE Biosystems’ PE Informatics division (San Jose, CA) has introduced Version 4 of its SQL*LIMS automated data management and analysis software. The new version features a quick-method builder, a Windows Explorer-type interface and quick links between data and SOP information. Full versioning, audit trail and electronic signature also have been added. The software is installed in more than 1,000 laboratories worldwide.
• ProxyMed (Fort Lauderdale, FL) has released the Pre scribe 2000 physician’s office-based prescription management system. The product features online prescription writing and refill authorization management, point-of-care-based drug interaction and plan-specific formulary screening, and the functionality for online prescription mail-ordering. Prescribe 2000 interfaces with ProxyNet, ProxyMed’s national healthcare information network, for connectivity to the company's leading online pharmacy network. Initial rollout includes Merck Medco Managed Care and Mobil Oil.
• Symbol Technologies’ (Holtsville, NY) SPT 1740 palm computer has been incorporated into Autros Healthcare Solutions’ (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) Point of- Care Medication Management System, which links physicians, nurses and the pharmacy to information at the point of care. The pocket-sized computer is based on 3Com’s Palm OS architecture and features Symbol’s Spectrum24 wireless local area network (WLAN) for voice and data communications. The system allows caregivers to enter vital statistics and medical administration events, view electronic medication administration records and scan a patient’s wristband and medication at the point of care. Symbol’s SPT 1700 product family was introduced in May.