Fujitsu and Source Medical showcase pen-based outpatient information system

Santa Clara 10 February 2003Fujitsu PC Corporation (FPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, and Source Medical have created a highly efficient pen-based outpatient information system to improve patient care and streamline record keeping procedures. The application is a result of a strategic relationship between the two companies to collaborate on application-specific solutions for the health care marketplace. Fujitsu and Source Medical unveiled and showcased the new system using a Fujitsu Stylistic ST4000 Series Tablet PC to run the Source Medical TherapySource application during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Diego.

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The blending of the Source Medical TherapySource application with the mobility and power of the Fujitsu Tablet PC is an ideal solution for health care professionals. The system provides professionals with the flexibility and freedom to move throughout a care facility while interacting with patients and electronically documenting treatments.

The Fujitsu/Source Medical collaboration has experienced success in the past when the application was installed on a Fujitsu LifeBook B Series notebook, a pen-based computer. Since 1999, the Fujitsu/Source Medical outpatient data management solution has been implemented into more than 1200 patient care facilities with approximately 6000 professionals using the system and making more than 30.000 electronic patient notes daily.

HealthSouth, a large provider of outpatient surgery, diagnostic imaging and rehabilitative health care services, has integrated the Fujitsu/Source Medical solution into its network of care facilities throughout North America and the world to create a highly effective patient record keeping system. "Computers and the Internet are the future of health care, and Source Medical is on the cutting edge of this technology", stated Richard M. Scrushy, HealthSouth chairman of the board and chief executive officer. "TherapySource has had a tremendous impact in the way our therapists work with patients, allowing them to focus on high-quality, cost-effective health care."

The TherapySource application is a complete, end-to-end information management solution for rehabilitation therapists, featuring an integrated suite of applications working in conjunction to move a patient through the entire outpatient health care process, including scheduling, registration, clinical documentation, coding and reporting. This application provides a fast and meticulous method of collecting and communicating patient data with improved accuracy, completeness and timeliness of information.

"Fujitsu is excited about introducing the Stylistic ST4000 Series Tablet PC outfitted with the Source Medical application to the health care industry", stated Sara Nelson, vice president of marketing, Fujitsu PC Corporation. "The ST4000 Tablet PC offers increased worker productivity by providing users a more natural form of computing. When combined with a robust application such as TherapySource, the Tablet PC becomes an invaluable tool for health care workers to perform their daily tasks more efficiently and more accurately."

The Stylistic ST4000 Series Tablet PC is an evolutionary step in mobile computing. Its innovative design offers maximum flexibility, allowing it to adapt to a variety of usage patterns. Unlike traditional PCs, the Stylistic ST4000 Series Tablet PC can be used in places where traditional notebook computers are not practical or widely accepted. Users can carry their Stylistic ST4000 Series Tablet PC like a notepad to enter data, take notes or access information unobtrusively while on their feet or in a meeting.

With constant access to critical company data and applications, users can be more productive and capable of delivering immediate and accurate responses. They can also use their Tablet PC as a notebook or desktop computer by either complementing it with a keyboard in the Fujitsu attache case or placing it on their desk in the optional Stylistic ST4000 Series Tablet Dock.

Source Medical is a provider of outpatient information solutions, with products installed in over 3500 ambulatory surgery centres, surgical hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, radiology facilities and physician practices throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Guam.

Fujitsu PC Corporation is a provider of ultra-mobile computing solutions. The company delivers high-performance mobile computing solutions for the North American market, including a wide range of LifeBook notebooks and Stylistic tablets. Fujitsu PC Corporation emphasises leading-edge technology, exceptional product quality, user comfort and productivity, and outstanding customer service as primary competitive advantages.


Leslie Versweyveld

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