Jini technology to empower creation of electronic medical records in high acuity care

Dallas 10 April 2000Sun Microsystems Inc. and eko systems inc. have presented at the 2000 Health care Information and Management Systems Society's (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition, a new solution that leverages Sun's Jini technology to automate the creation of patient medical records in high acuity environments, such as operating rooms, intensive care units, and emergency rooms. The novel system called Frontiers was designed to enable physicians and nurses to reduce charting errors, eliminate both wasteful and inefficient manual work, and ultimately improve patient care.

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The majority of hospitals in the United States currently manually create the medical records and the myriad associated forms required to track patient care and generate billings. Charge items or forms which are lost or incomplete result in reduced accuracy and loss of revenue. "With the availability of Frontiers and its new electronic medical record system (EMRS), we are establishing an entirely new paradigm of electronic charting", stated Jim Edmiston, president and CEO of eko systems. "The health care industry is now turning to information technology, like ours, to provide competitive advantage by reducing process overhead and increasing charge capture."

Using Sun's Jini technology, Frontiers was designed to allow medical devices like heart monitors to configure themselves onto a clinical network and begin feeding data into an electronic medical record. Incorporating data entered by the physician through a customised Java technology-enabled workstation, a completed medical record is generated providing billing information for both hospitals and physicians. "We are pleased to be working with such an innovative solution provider within the health care industry", observed Bruce Elder, industry manager for health care at Sun Microsystems, adding that Frontiers demonstrates that the promise of Java and Jini technology-based network services can have a real impact on the business of health and the lives of patients.

Meeting the 100% Pure Java certification standards, Frontiers is based on Jini, Java Embedded Server, and Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) technologies and Sun's Solaris 8 Operating Environment. As such, Frontiers represents a sophisticated architecture for capturing data within the clinical environment. This system is designed to be easy to deploy and user-friendly for clinicians and administrators, since it requires a minimum of effort to maintain, and can be remotely supported. Eko systems is a premier developer of hospital-based electronic medical records integrating with existing IS infrastructures. Besides increased charge capture, data can also be applied in other business processes and to improve patient outcomes. Eko systems inc. is a privately held company based in Fairfax, Virginia, and is a Sun Strategic Developer.

Sun Microsystems, since its inception in 1982, has had a singular vision: "The Network Is the Computer". This vision has propelled Sun Microsystems Inc. to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services powering the Internet. It allows companies worldwide to dot-com their businesses. With $13 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries.


Leslie Versweyveld

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