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February 2006

Raymond D. Aller, MD
Hal Weiner

bullet Advanced synoptic reporting made easy

Laboratories interested in synoptic reporting don’t have to wait for their information system vendor to implement or develop a solution. MTuitive’s xPert for Pathology workstation for surgical pathologists provides advanced synoptic reporting that ensures compliance with American Joint Committee on Cancer accreditation standards. The product, designed by pathologists, offers standardized reporting to improve communication, accuracy of data, and patient safety.

Pathologists record the results of their microscopic examination of tissue samples in a structured format to comply with CAP cancer checklists. MTuitive was one of the first companies to provide a fully electronic version of standardized cancer checklists. The company was recently accredited by the Royal College of Pathologists, London, to provide a reporting system for its cancer data sets.

The xPert interface is highly adaptable, incorporating voice recognition, touch screen, and handwriting capabilities, as well as a keyboard and mouse. The diagnostic data are captured once in a structured format and automatically exported to pathology systems, research databases, and cancer registries. This process improves the quality of the data while reducing or eliminating the redundancy, time, and cost of transcription and cancer registry abstraction.

MTuitive claims its xPert system will interface with all major laboratory information systems. Interfaces are operational or in development to pathology systems from Meditech, Cerner, and Misys. The company reports a five- to six-month return on investment for the product.

bullet AITC and MAS join forces

International Technidyne Corp., a subsidiary of Thoratec Corp., has concluded an agreement with Medical Automation Systems to integrate two of its point-of-care testing systems with MAS’ Rals-Plus data management system.

Rals-Plus version 1.4 will be able to interface to ITC’s IRMA Trupoint blood analysis system and the Hemochron Signature Elite blood coagulation analyzer to automatically manage, report, and electronically transfer patient-monitoring data to the Rals-Plus database and the hospital’s laboratory information system.

bullet Technidata SAS opens U.S. headquarters

The French company Technidata SAS recently opened its Americas regional headquarters, Technidata America Medical Software, LLC, in Tucson, Ariz.

"We have a strong commitment to building partnerships in the North American market, and our goal is to also expand our network to serve the emerging Latin American marketplace," says Jacques Baudin, executive vice president and general manager of Technidata America.

Technidata America offers a wide range of middleware solutions and specialized modules to instruments and lab automation vendors, as well as to private, reference, and hospital laboratories.

bullet AssistMed acquires speech-recognition firm

AssistMed has purchased Lexicore, LLC, a provider of speech-recognition solutions for health care organizations. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

AssistMed is a provider of applications for clinical documentation, practice management, and knowledge extraction, as well as other applications related to electronic health records.

bullet PracticeXpert sells transcription unit

PracticeXpert has sold its transcription business unit to Transcend Services.

"We intend to formalize a strategic marketing arrangement with Transcend under which they will be the transcription provider of choice to PracticeXpert customers," says Jonathan Doctor, president and CEO of PracticeXpert. "And Transcend will be able to offer our revenue management service, practice management systems, and electronic medical record systems to the thousands of physicians who currently use their services."

bullet Contracts

Sonora Quest Laboratories has entered into an agreement to use Novovision’s NovoPath anatomic pathology system.

Sonora Quest is an integrated laboratory system based in Tempe, Ariz.

Fleming County Hospital, Flemingsburg, Ky., has signed a contract to install Optio Software’s QuickRecord and MedEx suites to provide electronic health record and forms management software solutions.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, and its Methodist Hospital division have chosen Mediware’s HCLL transfusion and HCLL donor solutions to improve health outcomes and system safeguards.

Information Data Management has contracted to install its Prelude donor room management system at LifeShare Community Blood Services, Elyria, Ohio.

Dr. Aller is director of bioterrorism preparedness and response for Los Angeles County Public Health Acute Communicable Diseases. He can be reached at Hal Weiner is president of Weiner Consulting Services, LLC, Florence, Ore. He can be reached at