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SCC Soft Computer® Set to Exhibit at Children’s Oncology Group Cytogenetics Workshop

(Clearwater, FL) February 12, 2013—SCC Soft Computer (SCC) is set to exhibit at the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Cytogenetics Workshop taking place February 22nd – 23rd at the St. Louis Airport Renaissance Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.  The ‘Striving for Excellence’ workshop will focus on the key role cytogenetics plays in the outcome of patients with pediatric leukemia.

SCC will showcase a comprehensive Genetics Information Systems Suite™ that offers a full range of genetics information management tools designed to automate workflow in the diagnostic genetics laboratory.  This integrated laboratory and genetics software enables healthcare providers to personalize patient disease treatments based on individual’s unique history and genetic composition, resulting in faster turnaround times in patient treatment.

SCC’s Genetics Information Systems Suite™ consists of 6 technology modules (SoftCytogenetics, SoftMolecular, SoftFlowCytometry, SoftBiochemistry, SoftPathDx, and SoftHLA) which are fully integrated and share the same database and common functionality.  Each module also has specific functionality to support the unique challenges and needs for testing and reporting in these laboratories.

One of the first to produce production-environment-ready genetics information systems, SCC is committed to providing clients with information management systems that enable them to compete in the highly competitive clinical diagnostics marketplace.

2013 Cytogenetics Workshop hours are Friday, February 22 from 1:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. and Saturday, February 23 from 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

About COG

The Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a National Cancer Institute supported clinical trials group, is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. The COG unites more than 8,000 experts in childhood cancer at more than 200 leading children’s hospitals, universities, and cancer centers across North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe in the fight against childhood cancer.

Today, more than 90% of 13,500 children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States are cared for at Children’s Oncology Group member institutions. COG’s unparalleled collaborative efforts provide the information and support needed to answer important clinical questions in the fight against cancer.

About SCC Soft Computer

SCC is at the forefront of laboratory, genetics, blood services, outreach, pharmacy, and radiology information systems software development and offers full suites of Web-enabled laboratory and genetic information management system solutions.  Since 1979, SCC Soft Computer has designed, developed, and delivered powerful integrated clinical information management solutions to hospitals, large IDNs (integrated delivery networks), and laboratories.

Considered the largest LIS software production house in the world – with a workforce of nearly 1,600 professionals dedicated to LIS development – SCC has experience in accomplishing complex LIS implementations in large, multisite environments.  SCC’s flagship product, SoftLab®, has been recognized as the market standard for its robust functionality and ease of instrument interfacing, including robotics.  SCC’s SoftLab 4.0.3, 4.0.4, and 4.0.6 are 2011/2012 compliant and certified as EHR Modules by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB (Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Testing and Certification Body), in accordance with the applicable Hospital certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).  For full certification details, please visit:

SCC has been ranked the Number 1 Laboratory Blood Bank application in the Best in KLAS Awards:  Software & Services report in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.  SoftBank, SCC’s blood bank and transfusion service management system, has been recognized as the category leader in blood bank information management system solutions for three consecutive years.  SCC is also ranked the Number 1 Laboratory application for Small (1-200 beds) Hospitals in the 2011 Best in KLAS Awards:  Software & Services report.  SoftLab, SCC’s flagship laboratory information system, has been recognized as the category leader in laboratory information management system solutions.  (www.KLASreasearch.com)  SCC is one of the few LIS vendors who can say their systems work as well in a 150-bed community hospital as they do in a high-volume healthcare system.  Their robust, integrated information systems dramatically increase productivity in the laboratory enabling hospitals of all sizes to do more in less time with fewer FTEs.

SCC has also been recognized over the years for its commitment to workforce training and professional development.  SCC placed 3rd in the 2009 ASTD BEST Awards, and received two 2010 ASTD/ISPI OPAL Awards for Excellence in Team Success and Customer Satisfaction and the 2009 ASTD/ISPI OPAL Award for Excellence in Leadership Development.  The company has been included in the Training Top 125 nine times in ten years—including four consecutive years in the Training Top 10 and two years in the Training Top 5, the only healthcare IT firm to achieve this feat.  SCC was inducted into the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame on February 13, 2012, along with computer software giant, Microsoft Corporation (visit www.trainingmag.com for more information).

 

February 15, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

EXTENSION Announces Support for All Cisco VOIP Solutions

Scalable Clinical Alerting Solutions for Healthcare Empowered by Cisco Unified Communications 

FORT WAYNE, Ind., October 27, 2011 - (BUSINESS WIRE) – EXTENSION, INC. announced today that it offers support for all versions of Cisco’s call processing systems. Now all Cisco healthcare customers, from single-practice physician offices to large Integrated Delivery Networks, can take full advantage of EXTENSION’s advanced clinical alerting solutions integrated with Cisco’s powerful and robust Unified Communication platform. 

EXTENSION is the only vendor of its kind that integrates with Cisco’s entire panel of call processing systems including Cisco’s UC500 for smaller healthcare organizations, CME for medium-sized facilities, and CUCM for enterprise hospital systems. EXTENSION’s server-based clinical alerting and communication platform can scale to any size healthcare facility. EXTENSION enabling all versions of Cisco’s Communication Manager solutions allows hospital systems, large and small, to utilize one alerting middleware platform to meet all of their integrated delivery needs including outlying physician office workflows and alerting, off-site lab and radiology office workflows, and much more. The EXTENSION solution can be hosted remotely using virtualization software or at each location regardless of which Cisco solution is being utilized.   

According to Todd Plesko, CEO of EXTENSION, “Because we support all of Cisco’s Communication Manager products we can offer Cisco clients the ability to have alerting and messaging married with all of their facilities, including those not in the hospitals such as ancillary lab and radiology offices, as well as ambulatory physician offices. This is very important as the trend is more and more hospital systems owning the full continuum of care in a community including these off-site services. Our solutions match that trend and allow a hospital system the flexibility to have one alerting and messaging solution to match all of their Cisco communication systems, large and small, in any environment. It keeps it easy for hospitals system as they grow, acquire more facilities, and wish to expand their Cisco Unified Communications systems. EXTENSION is a fit for any size Cisco healthcare client.”

EXTENSION will continually develop solutions that integrate with Cisco technologies in order to provide our joint customers with the most advanced clinical communication tools. To date, EXTENSION clinical alerts and notifications can be delivered to Cisco’s 7900 series IP handsets, desktop phones, Cisco Contact Center, as well as the Cius tablet. Additionally, EXTENSION marries Cisco’s VOIP phones to smartphones by allowing HIPAA-compliant text-based messages  to be sent to and from the devices. Instant and secure messaging of this nature improves staff satisfaction and advances the delivery of patient care.

About EXTENSION, INC.

EXTENSION® offers award-winning software solutions that facilitate instant communication between patients and clinicians. Our solutions enhance common communication devices used as clinical workflow tools by aggregating data from various HIS/IT systems and delivering time-critical alerts to devices. The results are better patient care, increased satisfaction, and greater return on IT investments. For more, www.OpenTheRedBox.com.

November 1, 2011 I Written By

GE Centricity Enterprise 6.9 Achieves 2011/2012 Ambulatory Certification

Centricity Enterprise helps hospitals and Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) facilitate communications, streamline workflow, speed documentation, reduce the potential for medical error, and improve efficiency. Centricity Enterprise 6.9’s integrated acute care and ambulatory care solution joins GE Healthcare’s broad portfolio of Meaningful Use-ready products, including Centricity Enterprise 6.6, Centricity Advance 10.1, Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 and 10, Centricity EMR 9.5, Centricity Perinatal, and Centricity Perioperative Anesthesia.

Enterprise Solution the Latest in Centricity Family to Receive ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Complete EHR Certification for its Ambulatory Functionality

GE Healthcare is pleased to announce that GE Centricity* Enterprise 6.9 was certified as a Complete Ambulatory-EHR for 2011/2012 on June 9, 2011 by Drummond Group Inc. Drummond Group made the designation in its capacity as an Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Temporary Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) in accordance with the applicable Eligible Professional certification criteria adopted by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). GE Centricity* Enterprise 6.9 was previously certified by the Drummond Group for its inpatient functionality according to Eligible Hospital certification criteria adopted by HHS.

Centricity Enterprise 6.9 (certification # 06092011‐2900‐6) meets the following eligible professional clinical quality measures: NQF0013, NQF0024, NQF0028, NQF0038, NQF0041, NQF0059, NQF0061, NQF0064, NQF0421.

Centricity Enterprise helps hospitals and Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) facilitate communications, streamline workflow, speed documentation, reduce the potential for medical error, and improve efficiency. Centricity Enterprise 6.9’s integrated acute care and ambulatory care solution joins GE Healthcare’s broad portfolio of Meaningful Use-ready products, including Centricity Enterprise 6.6, Centricity Advance 10.1, Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 and 10, Centricity EMR 9.5, Centricity Perinatal, and Centricity Perioperative Anesthesia.

“Our solutions help enable organizations of all sizes to take part in the electronic revolution that is transforming the healthcare industry” said Jim Corrigan, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT, Americas. “With the ambulatory certification of Centricity Enterprise 6.9, our Centricity Enterprise customers are assured that they have a robust integrated platform that will support their MU journey for both hospitals and healthcare professionals. I am proud of the care that we enable, the caliber of our customers and the commitment that we share to lead healthcare forward.”

The 2011/2012 certification conferred by Drummond Group does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

*Registered trademark of General Electric Company.

ABOUT GE HEALTHCARE:
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

ABOUT DRUMMOND GROUP:
Drummond Group Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors to certify EHRs for use by providers that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and modular EHR for both ambulatory and inpatient. Leveraging more than a decade’s worth of interoperability, conformance testing and certification experience in multiple industries, Drummond Group delivers what’s needed in healthcare: highly reliable and readily affordable software testing services. For more information, go to www.drummondgroup.com.

June 20, 2011 I Written By