Tech Update

• ProxyMed (Fort Lauderdale, FL) is broadening its offerings to include Internet-based financial and clinical EDI services. The services will be embedded in a web-based physician office suite of applications for the origination and management of ProxyMed’s financial and clinical transactions. The first two applications that will be available as part of the web-based suite will be Laboratory Results Reporting and Pharmacy Refill Authorization. In other news, the company said it expects to beat analysts’ 4Q98 earnings estimates and that its revenues in 4Q98 will almost triple those of the same period last year to more than $11 million. ProxyMed is expected to record a 4Q98 loss of 29 cents per share, according to First Call estimates. That compares with a net loss of 30 cents per share a year ago. The company also plans to announce an Internet strategy in the next two weeks.

• MCS (Pittsburgh), a software and systems provider for the home care industry, has appointed Don DeCorte director of product management. In addition, Frank Marr has been appointed product manager for the company’s home infusion products. Andrew Klein has joined MCS as senior sales representative in the Pacific District, based in Las Vegas. Additionally, the company named Towanda Jones and Diane Holohan support analysts.

• The Visiting Nurse Association of Houston , the home healthcare division of Methodist Health Care System (Houston), will be the first organization to implement CareCentric Solutions’ (Atlanta) comprehensive integrated clinical/financial IS solution. The solution, unique among home care IS systems, combines modules of CareCentric’s point of care clinical information system, the Smart ClipBoard Home Care System, with modules of Infosys’ HomeSys, a powerful tool for automating complex, multi-resource scheduling, billing, and accounting. The components are being integrated using Microsoft’s ActiveX technology.

• Fastrack Healthcare Systems (Plainview, NY) recently expanded its sales force and opened new offices. The company, which sells software packages that help the home care industry track patient data, handle billing, and manage administrative information, opened satellite offices in six cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston. The expansion created 20 new jobs, 13 of which are on Long Island. The company also expended its Plainview, NY, headquarters in November to 15,000 square feet from 10,000 square feet.

• Simione Central Holdings (Atlanta) has named Jim Hall senior vice president of sales and marketing. Prior to joining Simione, Hall served as senior vice president of sales for Imnet Systems (Atlanta).