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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?

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