Medical management constitutes a rapidly evolving business with urgent needs at the level of information technology architecture. PHP Healthcare Corporation is an expanding company which handles medical risks and provides a great variety of management services to groups of health care providers and hospitals. To meet with the growing challenges of customised service rendering, the company has opted for an economic Java computing solution.
PHP Healthcare is active in thirty-one states, carrying responsibility for about 300.000 insured patients. More than 7.500 physicians are working for the company, which is headquartered in Reston, Virginia. Because its operation centres are spread across the Atlantic borders of the American East Coast, PHP has been focusing on a efficient information flow throughout the whole of its global organisation while attending to a reduction of the overall costs.
At present, forty JavaStation units have already been installed and 460 supplementary network computers will be delivered by Sun Microsystems at Reston as well as at the Pinnacle Health Enterprise, the company's New Jersey subsidiary. Since it offers VT100 terminal emulation from an IBM RS/6000 running AIX, the new network configuration allows the users to have access to a whole range of centrally managed software facilities, like for instance the practice management and electronic medical records application, Medical Manager, and office productivity suites from Applix and Lotus.
The system has the additional advantage of flexible scaleability with regard to future expansion. PHP Healthcare therefore seems ready to answer to the specific needs of individual communities and patient populations, using the full scope of its seamless Java computing environment.