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Meditech Release Sex, er, Six

October 26, 2007
by vciotti
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For all you Meditechies out these, rumor has it they've been writing a true "Client/Server" (they use quotes themselves for the old one in their contract!) for the past 6 years, under the moniker of "Release 6." Their current release numbers are 5.6 for both Magic and "Magic C/S," so Release 6 is a bit away yet: we hear clinicals first, then financials second. No more "lipstick on a pig" like their current C/S, which requires double the servers and has duplicate data bases: Magic & SQL. This Release 6 is much more of a true, 3-tiered C/S architecture...

Supposed to be in process of implementation at six sites, some old Magic and some brand new. If the pilots go well, it could be Meditech's hope to save their huge (≈1,000) client base of old Magic sites, many of whom are getting tired of NPR green screens!

It is supposedly written in a new programming language called Focus (shades of an old SMS product of the same name in the 70s), rather than VB. Claim they don't want to be beholding to Microsoft, but it smells like the authors of Mumps, MIIS, NPR, $T, etc., are suffering from the NHI (Not Invented Here) syndrome, and had to write their own new language.

It may be perfect timing for Meditech, as McKesson's Paragon has been eating their proverbial lunch in head-to-head selections our firm has run of late. This should heat up the competition in the low and mid-tier market...

Any confirmation, denials, elaboration?



Vince this is an interesting point. Why do you think the "green screens" have survived for so long?

It took McKesson over 10 years to get Paragon's GUI delivring the promises they made back in the 90s to re-write the green-screen Saint system. With a 10-year start-up time (and costs), it's a miracle any HIS vendor lasts long enough to fully develop a new HIS, pay for all the millions of lines of code that have to be written, and keep their stiockholders happy at the same time. I fear our children may be still seeing many old green screens long after we're retired!

Vince, maybe this makes the point that functionality is more important than flash. If it works, people probably don't care that the screen is green.