Hewlett-Packard to deliver cardiology data-management solution with Apollo32 software

Palo Alto 03 August 1999 Hewlett-Packard Company and Seattle Systems Inc. have decided to close an agreement under which HP plans to deliver the Seattle Systems' Apollo32 Cardiology Clinical Information Systems software. Seattle Systems is a major provider of outcome-oriented software solutions for the specialized information-management needs of cardiovascular medicine. The agreement is part of the HP Healthcare Solutions Group's strategy to build relationships with best-in-class technology partners to meet customer demand for more efficient and cost-effective tools to help analyse and improve the health care delivery process.

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Hewlett-Packard Company and Seattle Systems Inc. have decided to close an agreement under which HP plans to deliver the Seattle Systems' Apollo32 Cardiology Clinical Information Systems software. Seattle Systems is a major provider of outcome-oriented software solutions for the specialized information-management needs of cardiovascular medicine. The agreement is part of the HP Healthcare Solutions Group's strategy to build relationships with best-in-class technology partners to meet customer demand for more efficient and cost-effective tools to help analyse and improve the health care delivery process.

HP will provide a complete range of professional services in order to support the Apollo32 software, via the use of proven project management methodology and a comprehensive set of delivery tools. Among this number of services is to be found implementation to define the cardiology department needs, give recommendations and install, customize and verify the Apollo32 software. Interfacing and integration tools serve to provide access to the HP TraceMaster, HP EnConcert, as well as the clinical information systems from other companies in order to enable multi-modality analysis.

In addition, system and network consulting is offered in order to assess the network capabilities and to introduce all necessary changes to support the Apollo32 application software. HP also delivers hardware procurement to evaluate the equipment needs and to install, configure, and test hardware and operating-system software. Apollo32 software is used in one-third of the United States top cardiology centres where it gathers and merges complex information streams throughout the entire cardiology department. Data is integrated from the hospital information system and clinical subsystems.

As a result, the Apollo32 system enables easy point-of-care access to patient demographics, history, laboratory and pharmacy data, together with detailed clinical information. Since HP has recognized that clinicians play a variety of roles, including caregiver, researcher and often business administrator, the company has partnered with Seattle Systems to offer a full data-integration solution. This allows clinicians to intelligently access and manage the clinical data. Accurate and reliable clinical information is most essential for effective research, outcome studies and financial analysis.

Chuck Hutzler, who is programme manager of Integrated Solutions for HP's Healthcare Solutions Group, states that the major goal consists in assisting the clinicians with unlocking the value of their data. The agreement allows both partners to offer the hospitals cutting-edge ways to most effectively use all of the data they gather from disparate sources. Ultimately, this improves patient outcomes and also reduces costs, according to Hutzler's belief. In the cardiology department, the efficient management of the information flow is essential to providing a high level of care.

Seattle System's Apollo32 software technology, coupled with data-integration services provided by HP presents a powerful tool for cardiovascular medicine, according to Laurel A. Shearer, who is the company's senior vice-president. Over 225 heart centres throughout the world are served by Seattle Systems' software which fully automates the clinical record-keeping process and also provides decision support for protocol improvements, resulting in optimized patient treatment procedures.


Leslie Versweyveld

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