SOURCE: Boston Software Systems

January 30, 2007 09:00 ET

Boston Software Systems Expands Install Base by 27 Percent in 2006

Award-Winning Hospitals Maintain High Demand for Leading Workflow Automation and Integration Solution

SHERBORN, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 30, 2007 -- Boston Software Systems™, the leader in workflow automation technology to the healthcare market, exceeded its sales expectations with the addition of 350 hospitals and more than 40 new partners. This caps a year of widespread success, expansion and praise for Boston Software Systems and its flagship product, Boston WorkStation™. The company also expanded the Boston WorkStation product line, hired new staff and maintained a high profile at industry and partner trade shows.

In the past year, Boston Software Systems added more than 100 new hospital sites including leading providers: HCA Information Technology & Services, Valley Health, VA, Gaston Memorial Hospital, NC, Alverno Information Services, IN, and St. Luke's Hospital, PA. These additions move the total install base to more than 1,500 provider facilities.

Leading application vendors in the healthcare sector increasingly rely on Boston Software Systems to provide the automation and integration piece for their solutions. Business with these partners increased dramatically with the addition of more than 40 new application vendor partners. Close partner alliances are now responsible for more than 750 installations of Boston WorkStation throughout the world. Demonstrating success with solutions that use Boston WorkStation, the partner business showed an 83 percent increase in successful implementations. Among the newest partners actively using Boston Software Systems in their solutions are: Perot Systems, CareMedic Systems, LabCorp, Misys, Global Healthcare Exchange, McKesson Automation and McKesson Laboratory Services.

In Q4 '06, the company launched Off Script, an executive blog that discusses issues around healthcare IT in Massachusetts and nationwide. Targeted to healthcare providers, Off Script offers an open forum to discuss technology and business solutions to simplify administrative and medical processes. For more information visit www.bostonworkstation.com/blog/.

Seventeen of the hospitals listed on Leapfrog's 2006 list of the top 50 acute care hospitals and top nine children's hospitals are using Boston WorkStation to help increase cost efficiency and improve patient safety. The list reflects those facilities which best meet Leapfrog's quality standards. These criteria include measures for computerized physician order entry (CPOE), ICU physician staffing, evidence-based hospital referral and 27 other safe practices factors.

New Products

Next month, Boston Software Systems will be unveiling Boston WorkStation v9.0, which will offer a completely unique centralized dashboard to provide a simpler way to manage, change or analyze the performance of all scripts running throughout a hospital. In addition the dashboard can provide a high level strategic view of the efficiency of processes throughout the enterprise.

In Q3 '06, the company launched UNISON™, a stand-alone dictionary synchronization product designed for MEDITECH hospital information systems (HIS). Built on the proven Boston WorkStation scripting technology, UNISON allows IT staff to completely automate the tedious job of updating any departmental data dictionaries.

Corporate Expansion

To accommodate widespread growth and demand, Boston Software Systems tapped additional technology development staff. These appointments reflect the company's momentum and commitment to ongoing product development and customer service. Boston Software increased its employee base by 20 percent from January 2006 and expects employee growth to continue in 2007.

"By helping healthcare organizations reinvent their existing processes, Boston WorkStation saves customers weeks of work, thousands of dollars, and enables them to focus on their core competencies," said Sara McNeil, president of Boston Software Systems. "The healthcare industry has come to trust us to address the critical operational needs of their organizations. Looking to 2007, we are expanding our core technology to better meet the productivity demands of the healthcare industry and evaluate that productivity via a unique executive dashboard. Our growth in 2006 has positioned us very well for continued success in 2007."

Product Manager Thom Blackwell presented "Working Smart: Automating in the Business Office" at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Washington/Alaska Chapter Meeting on November 30, 2006. Blackwell provided insight into cost-saving techniques within the business office, ways to use an "electronic employee" to handle and manage processes, and an overview of basic technology tools with strong ROI advantages.

About Boston WorkStation™

Boston WorkStation is a workflow automation and integration technology that provides an environment for on-demand process innovation and development. Boston WorkStation allows healthcare organizations to dynamically respond to changing business and compliance requirements by automating common tasks throughout the organization including revenue cycle projects, interactions with Web sites, integrating new applications, systems and devices, and electronically monitoring and managing user activity.

About Boston Software Systems

Boston Software Systems is the leading standard for workflow automation and system integration software, enabling healthcare organizations to streamline complex business processes and improve productivity. Hundreds of healthcare organizations worldwide respond to regulatory and business initiatives by using Boston WorkStation technology to automate and improve processes throughout their facilities. UNISON accelerates the development of critical dictionary and table synchronization in specific hospital information system environments. Customers include more than 50 HCA hospitals, Mayo hospitals, Stanford Medical Center, Christus Health, Lutheran Health Network and Tenet Healthcare. Boston Software Systems partners with leading application and system vendors such as McKesson, Siemens, Misys, Orion International and Emdeon. For more information, please visit the company's Web site at www.bostonworkstation.com or call 866.653.5105.

Boston Software Systems, Boston WorkStation are trademarks of Boston Software Systems, Inc.

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