SOURCE: Boston Software Systems

May 13, 2008 09:00 ET

Boston Software Systems Launches UNISON 3.0

Supports MEDITECH Client/Server 5.6 & 6.0 and Offers Network Configuration and Storage

SHERBORN, MA--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - Boston Software Systems™, the leader in workflow automation technology to the healthcare market, today introduced UNISON™ v3.0 with support for MEDITECH Client/Server 5.6 and 6.0, as well as network configuration and storage capabilities. Built on the Boston WorkStation™ technology, UNISON is a standalone application for hospitals using MEDITECH information systems to accelerate the development of a dictionary synchronization from 30 hours to 20 minutes, and schedule it to occur regularly without human intervention.

UNISON 3.0 offers MEDITECH Client/Server 5.6 and 6.0 users a way to easily synchronize data dictionaries. These new MEDITECH versions have completely redesigned screens and field locations, making any previously written syncs unusable. They also lack the application programming interfaces (APIs) found in previous versions of MEDITECH systems, making it impossible for most scripting tools that connect to MEDITECH via these APIs to function.

UNISON 3.0's network configuration and storage capabilities give hospitals greater flexibility by allowing them to run a synchronization from PCs throughout the organization or to develop a sync that reads dictionary information from a network drive. The ability to present accurate information to clinicians, nurses and administrators depends on the accuracy of the data dictionaries. Since drug, lab, pharmacy, pricing and hundreds of other data points change daily, updating and maintaining this information manually is a massive, time-consuming task. UNISON's added network capability allows hospitals to keep up with the high volume of changes in data dictionaries quickly and easily.

Guelph General Hospital Finds Dramatic Savings with UNISON

Guelph General Hospital (GGH), a 181-bed, acute care facility providing a full range of services to the residents of Guelph and Wellington County in Ontario, Canada, has been using UNISON extensively to sync dictionaries across four facilities. "Synchronizing from test to live has always been labor intensive," says Doug Mitchell, Integrations Analyst, Guelph General Hospital. "But without maintaining the two systems, we run into problems later on because it is necessary to effectively test new changes or enhancements before moving the dictionaries to the live environment."

Since working with UNISON, GGH has synchronized approximately 70 dictionaries for all four sites. Mitchell estimates that by using UNISON, GGH has saved about 40 percent of the time they had planned for dictionary building.

"I can't even imagine how much time it would have taken to get all the syncs done manually, and it would contain any number of errors," says Mitchell. "Even using traditional scripting tools would have been more difficult. UNISON is designed specifically for dictionary maintenance so it's much faster to develop and run the sync."

"Of the 70 dictionaries, some of the more critical ones like lab test were more difficult to synchronize than others due to variable screens and pop-up prompts. Automating the synchronization of just the Lab Test dictionary saved GGH 40 hours," Mitchell adds.

GGH recently implemented the third phase of its lab dictionary synchronization. By reusing the same sync that it had developed in November, staff could feed a different subset of tests, and the dictionaries were automatically synchronized. Users can now copy a sync as many times as necessary, saving weeks of time. UNISON has also allowed staff more flexibility when maintaining dictionaries by allowing them to synchronize as little as one data element, one screen of data or just certain sections of data.

"UNISON is a valuable addition to our product offerings, as it allows hospitals to provide consistent and current data to all departments. Based on customer demand and feedback, we have continued to offer enhancements that address specific and industry-wide needs," said Sara McNeil, President, Boston Software Systems. "Boston Software Systems is continuously applying innovative technology to enable hospitals of all sizes to operate more efficiently."

Availability & Technical Requirements

UNISON v3.0 will be available in Q2 2008. UNISON is a standalone application and does not require a Boston WorkStation license to operate. It must be installed on a PC, running a Microsoft Windows-based operating system.

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 or call 866.653.5105.

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

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