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cap today

February 2006

OmniTech Labs is saying, "How do you do?" to the U.S. market and is expecting some potential customers to reply, "Not so well." That’s why it’s giving away a laboratory information systems package valued at more than half-a-million dollars.

The Canada-based LIS vendor, with help from CAP TODAY, is sponsoring a contest that will award a U.S. hospital or other health care facility a deployment of the state-of-the-art OmniLab LIS.

The contest is a way for OmniTech, which has been marketing its product in Canada for about 10 years and in the United States for the past year, to accelerate its U.S. market presence and continue to introduce its technology to U.S. health care facilities. "OmniTech understands the challenges and momentous costs that can inhibit the acquisition [of] or upgrade to a critically needed LIS," says John Fitzgibbon, vice president of business development for OmniTech’s U.S. operations, based on Long Island, NY.

"With all of the challenges facing laboratories in the U.S. today, including rapidly aging legacy systems, poorly perceived levels of vendor commitment and support, and pervasive regulations, we wanted to give something back to the industry that not only brings us recognition but gives the selected laboratory something they may not have otherwise been able to afford—a new, state-of-the-art LIS," says Fitzgibbon.

OmniTech will select a contest winner based on need and appropriate fit. "We’re looking for the facility with a compelling story, as well as one that offers the most appropriate fit for our technology so the implementation can be a real success for all parties," says Fitzgibbon.

The winning health care facility will receive 50 user licenses for the OmniLab core laboratory and microbiology systems, as well as projected professional service hours to cover installation and implementation support. The prize package also includes up to 10 instrument interface software licenses and implementation support, along with software and support for up to two system-to-system interfaces of the winner’s choosing.

Based on standard industry pricing, the total package is valued at more than $600,000, says Fitzgibbon.

Contest entry forms and additional information are available via a link at the top of the CAP TODAY section of the CAP Web site ( The deadline for submission is June 30.

The winner will be chosen by a committee composed of OmniTech executives and industry leaders facilitated by CAP TODAY expert sources and contributors. The name of the winning facility will be posted on the CAP Web site and featured in an autumn issue of CAP TODAY.