At the HIMSS'99, this year's exposition of the Health Information Management Systems Society, Sun Microsystems, Sanga International, and MedTech introduced e-MedSoft.com, an innovative health care management and billing software tool, designed with Sun's popular Java technology. The three companies also plan to initiate collaborative marketing efforts for this promising health care product. The e-MedSoft.com software constitutes the first subscription-based health care management system which is available for delivery across the Internet.
The new e-MedSoft.com medical software was recently acquired by MedTech. The system offers easy, low-cost implementation, Internet connectivity and the ability to exchange information across multiple locations, platforms and languages. The capacity is virtually unlimited, allowing physicians, clinics, hospitals, health management organizations (HMOs), insurance companies and government agencies to be linked. Health care providers have to pay a small upfront installation fee as well as an ongoing subscription fee, which depends on the transaction volume, if they want to use the tool. In addition, the Java technology-based integrator also enables institutions with existing legacy systems to easily access and apply e-MedSoft.com for communication with other medical facilities.
The tool even has the potential to adapt to a wide range of very specialized medical applications for diagnosis, care outcome analysis, knowledge data bases and drug interaction. Sanga International, an international developer of packaged application software, which was founded in 1996, has assisted MedTech in the refinement of the e-MedSoft.com tool through its Enterprise Solutions. These are based on the innovative 4-Tier Distributed Computing Architecture that was built using 100% Pure Java technology. As the third participant in the triumvirate, Sun Microsystems has been responsible for the Java incorporation into the e-MedSoft.com design.
At this point, the e-MedSoft.com software has already attracted two major health care customers. One of them, the world-renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) will apply e-MedSoft.com to electronically link its databases with the FHCRC scientific and medical communities via the Internet for the real-time exchange of information and ideas. The second e-MedSoft.com user is the Advanced Reproductive Care organization. This institution represents a national network of reproductive endocrinologists in all 50 US states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Advanced Reproductive Care will apply e-MedSoft.com to provide its physicians access to an online database for information and results in treating patients with infertility.
According to Masood Jabbar, who is president of Computer Systems for Sun Microsystems, the implementation of the e-MedSoft.com solution will assist the health care providers in better addressing the delicate issues of cost and information management when facing the challenges of today's health care industry. In the past, health care organizations have been used to licensing software from a developer for an upfront fee for installation on an in-house computer system. Afterwards, they kept paying the maintenance fees for upgrades and service since vendors always required a continued investment in hardware and software with more features and greater capacity.
With the arrival of the e-MedSoft.com subscription-based system, however, health care enterprises no longer have to purchase software and upgrades. Instead, they can access e-MedSoft.com for a small fee and a per-transaction charge. Server-side, enterprise-wide applications based on Java technology like e-MedSoft.com therefore constitute an effective way to control costs and manage information particularly across organizational boundaries, as stated by John F. Andrews, Chief Executive Officer of both Sanga International Inc. and MedTech Inc., of which he also is chairman.