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New & Improved

November 1, 1998
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NETWORKING GOES VERTICAL
Cabletron Systems of Rochester, N.H., has launched a vertical market initiative for healthcare, utilizing its core networking product lines. Cabletron’s ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) enterprise products include routers and SmartSwitch Spectrum, an ATM network management product. For wireless connectivity, the company offers the SmartSwitch RoamAbout, an IEEE 802.11 DSSS standard-compliant LAN product.


A NEW INSIGHT
Minneapolis-based Lawson Software introduced the LAWSON INSIGHT Application Designer Suite. Browser-based tools extend application development to nonprogrammers, enabling them to build customized forms, reports and charts for Web deployment of LAWSON INSIGHT, and other integrated third-party applications.


ONE STOP SHOP
Billed as the world’s largest resource on medical products, services and information, neoforma.com from Neoforma, Inc., Mountain View, Calif., provides online access to an inventory of 13,000 suppliers in 8,000 different product categories. Facility planners can use the site for virtual tours of hospital departments and rooms. A full-scale electronic transaction site is scheduled for roll-out in the first quarter of 1999, at which time users can purchase many of the items directly. Until then, users can hot link to vendors via itemized lists with product views and specifications. The site is free to users and can be accessed at www.neoforma.com.


MEDICATIONS SECURED
Biometric technology now secures your medication dispensing unit. A collaboration between Diebold, Inc., Canton, Ohio, and Keyware Technologies, Woburn, Mass., the MedSelect dispensing system is equipped with a camera for facial recognition, microphone for voice verification and an ID card reader.


MANAGING THE O.R.
DeRoyal Business Systems, Powell, Tenn., announced the release of Meridian, a Windows-based surgical resource management system. Five modules provide for administration, inventory management, scheduling, business modeling and care pathways. Reports isolate caregiving activities and resources for managing operating room costs.


BON GIORNO PATOLOGO
Psyche Systems Corp., Wellesley, Mass., announced WindoPath version 3.0, a new Windows-based, client/server anatomic pathology software system. In addition to the Dragon Systems-based voice recognition and imaging functionalities, the new version includes a foreign language translator. Now available in Italian, WindoPath in Spanish and French are slated as future releases.


FRONTLINE FRUGALITY
Equip frontline managers with labor productivity tools from Kronos, Waltham, Mass. The new suite of frontline labor management products collects human resource, payroll, scheduling and project management data directly from managers and employees, and exports it to back office ERP and executive decision support systems.


NEW MANAGED CARE SOFTWARE
@Global, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., released Allegro, a client/server software application for managing group health and workers’ compensation cases. Allegro pulls patient case data from multiple sources and integrates it for demographic reports, treatment plans and return-to-work plans.


POWER TALKER
PowerScribe 2.1 for Radiology is a new continuous speech recognition package from Cleveland-based The MRC Group. Radiologists can dictate reports directly into a computer and the software will interpret their speech as text. New features for this version include email capabilities that allow radiologists to send reports to referring physicians online and a diagnosis code entry function that assigns ICD-9 codes directly to reports.


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