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• Axolotl (Mountain View, CA) has signed a contract with Daniel Freeman Hospitals, members of the Caron delet Health System, to deploy its Elysium Access, Elysium Workstation, and Elysium Prescription Writer software to affiliated physicians in Southern California. The Elysium family of products is a secure Internet-based solution for clinical communication between independent providers and their healthcare partners. Elysium Access is a browser-based clinical information system that delivers data to physicians either over the Internet or an intranet and provides electronic management and manipulation of the data. Elysium Work station, an upgrade to Elysium Access, provides workflow and automation capabilities to physician offices. The Elysium Prescription Writer module allows physicians to use a standard Web browser to prescribe and renew medications, review interactions and contraindications, and produce patient information.
• CCD Online Systems (Arcadia, CA) said it is using its automated Beyond 1999/Validate software to provide independent year 2000 compliance verification to the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA; Baltimore, MD), which administers the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The first phase of the project encompasses the review of more than 24 million lines of COBOL and Assembler code. CCD will perform the evaluation in conjunction with VII (Vienna, Virginia), a consulting and engineering services firm.
• CareFacts Information Systems’ (St. Paul, MN) Scheduling and Billing software has been licensed to Illinois’ Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department for integration with the company’s Clinical software, which is already in use. In addition, Gunderson Lutheran Home Care licensed CareFacts’ Billing software to complement the Scheduling software already in place.
• Health Patterns (Oak Park, IL) has completed the initial installation of its Master Files Manager at HealthSystem Minnesota (St. Louis Park, MN). The Windows NT-compliant software synchronizes the content of master files across a network of healthcare information systems, without requiring programming expertise. Its graphical interface advances the user through the steps needed to design and create a new database and automatically creates the browser-based input screens. It also steps through the functions of building business rules for data validation and mapping data fields across multiple applications.
• Norstan Consulting, a unit of Norstan (Minneapolis), has designed, developed and installed new information systems for Invacare (Elyria, OH), an international manufacturer and distributor of home medical equipment. Valued at $15 million, the new system will serve Invacare’s 4,800 employees and the company’s customers worldwide. David Pessel, Invacare’s chief information officer, said, "We asked Norstan Consulting to work with our staff to design a system that would provide new applications for finance and manufacturing; address all Y2K issues; and give us a solid platform for new applications." The system includes applications for general ledger, accounts pay able, human resources, payroll, and general ledger desktop in a network computing environment. Norstan also is implementing order entry, accounts receivable, inventory and purchasing, and is assisting in installing OptumNet, a warehouse management solution for tracking inventory and shipments and a data warehouse application for both legacy and Enterprise Resource Planning data.
• 3M Health Information Systems (St. Paul, MN) has received a contract from the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) to maintain and update software systems and related documentation for processing Medicare claims for hospital inpatient and outpatient services. The contract includes software for diagnosis related groups (DRGs), Medicare Code Editor (MCE) and Outpatient Code Editor (OCE). In addition to developing software, 3M will perform data analysis, provide clinical input and recommend changes to the definition of DRGs and the MCE and OCE. The contract also includes maintaining and updating the ICD-10 Procedure Coding System, which was developed by 3M under a contract with HCFA. 3M also has received a contract from HCFA to provide analytical and clinical services associated with the development and implementation of a Medicare prospective payment system for hospital outpatient services and the rebasing of prospective rates for ambulatory surgical centers, according to a company statement. The proposed system consists of about 340 clinically similar groups of services that require similar levels of resource use.