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October 1998 New and Improved

October 1, 1998
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TRANSACTIONS THE ELECTRONIC WAY
S2 Systems, Dallas, introduced two new applications. 7 HealthLine:Data Interchange is an open EDI system that receives, translates, edits and clears transactions with trading partners. 7 HealthLine:InterACT employs a Web browser, touch-tone telephone or POS device to link payors, providers, members and employers. InterACT provides eligibility, referrals, prior authorizations, authorization inquiries and encounters, and an online directory of providers.


SIMULATION SOFTWARE
PROMODEL Corp., Orem, Utah, released its MedModel 4.1 design simulation software for the healthcare industry. The new version comes with a one-year money-back guarantee and an optimization feature that runs multiple design and staffing scenarios.


CLIENT/SERVER SCHEDULING
HBOC, Atlanta, released version 8.0 of Pathways Healthcare Scheduling, a client/server application for patient and resource scheduling. Enhanced features allow users to locate required data fields for individual procedures and enter preferred times for patient appointments, as well as search for available appointments.


HOME CARE SCANNING
Home Care Information Systems, Bloomfield, N.J., released ASSESScan, a Windows-based software program that captures OASIS questions from a scanner to assist home healthcare providers in compliance with HCFA’s requirements. Scanning for charge entry, payroll entry, scheduling confirmation and patient satisfaction data will also soon be available.


NEW CPR RELEASE
HealthMatics, Cary, N.C., released HealthMatics Series 4, the third version of its ambulatory care computer-based patient record system. This release incorporates transcription, scanning and reporting add-on modules, giving medical personnel several ways to enter information into the system, decreasing the computer skills necessary for operation.


COST ANALYSIS SOFTWARE
HealthShare Technology, Inc., Acton, Mass., released the beta version of HealthShare Two, which analyzes the cost-effectiveness, profitability and utilization in internal information systems for inpatient, outpatient and physician office services. New York’s Long Island College and Chicago’s Louis Weiss Memorial hospitals are beta sites.


STAKING YOUR CLAIM
Cardiff Software, Inc., San Marcos, Calif., released the TELEform claim module, an add-on that works with TELEform software to read, interpret and code printed information from HCFA 1500 and UB-9 claim forms. Output is standardized to meet current HCFA requirements.


NEW FOR HOME HEALTH AGENCIES
MEDITECH, Westwood, Mass., and Patient Care Technologies, Inc., Atlanta, have partnered to release a new Home Health Information System that provides administrative, financial and clinical applications to home healthcare agencies. Eight components--intake, scheduling, executive support, clinical documentation, care plans, critical pathways, electronic medical records and billing/accounts receivable--operate within the system. Other features like materials management and accounts payable are optional.


HR APPS FOR MIDSIZE COMPANIES
Genesys Software Systems, Inc., Methuen, Mass., launched GENExpress HRMS software and services designed for mid-sized companies (300-5,000 employees). The bundled package includes human resources and payroll applications and two weeks of support and training. Other features include business process, knowledge transfer and a reporting interface.


Y2K SURVIVAL KIT
META Group, Inc., Stamford, Conn., released "Y2K: A Practical Business Guide." The publication includes checklists, reference books and Web sites that healthcare organizations can use when addressing their year 2000 problem. META Group has defined a strategy for prioritizing which systems should be targeted first and established five continuous cycles to analyze systems: planning, risk management, communications, program management and execution.


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