Networks broaden access
At HIMSS, look for a slew of technologies that enable healthcare facilities to share information throughout their organization on both a macro and micro level. Some networking tools are built for the dissemination of things as broad as educational information or basic hospital communications, whereas others assist in smoothing communications between information systems using defined standards. A number of the products being displayed also can provide activity audits to see what information has been send and by whom.

Citrix (Booth #963) is demonstrating its GoToMyPC secure web-based service that provides real-time access to your PC from any web browser or wireless device. With GoToMyPC 6.0, is improving remote access through speed improvements that make working remotely “like being there.” GoToMyPC 6.0 includes new features that grant users immediate access to files, programs, email and network from virtually anywhere. New GoToMyPC 6.0 features include:
  • Remote Sound allows users to hear any sound on a remote computer;
  • Universal Printing from the host PC to any printer wherever you;
  • File Sync synchronize files and folders between your host PC and remote computer during sessions;
  • Quick Connect — connect and reconnect faster;
  • Enhanced Guest Invite now includes more features for collaborating with a second person you invite temporarily to view or share control of your host PC;
  • Improved Universal Viewer includes enhanced features when accessing your PC from any web browser on any operating system, including Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Windows CE, Macintosh, Linux, Unix or Solaris.
  • Easier PocketView Wireless Access — includes enhancements for mobile access to your PC from your Pocket PC, Microsoft Windows Mobile or Microsoft Windows CE wireless device.
  • Vista Compatible with the latest operating systems and browsers; and
  • Advanced GoToMyPC Corporate Administration makes it easier for administrators to deploy and manage GoToMyPC Corporate using existing provisioning systems.

Compressus (Booth #7423) is showcasing its Enterprise Systems Integration software solutions for the first time at HIMSS 2007. Their MEDxConnect technology provides seamless connectivity and interoperability between diagnostic acquisition devices such as PACS, HIS, RIS, and their related information systems.  Key components of the MEDxConnect Enterprise Integration system include:  the Medical Message Mediator (M3), the Systems Management Dashboard and the Virtual Worklist. 

The centerpiece of the MEDxConnect technology is the Medical Message Mediator (M3). Supporting HL7, DICOM, and other standard messages, the M3 uses the communications protocols and semantics of each participating information system to control the flow of images, reports, messages, standard patient demographics and other important data for diagnosis and treatment planning of a patient between otherwise independent and disparate systems. 

The M3 maps the data elements and bridges isolated islands of data and mediates interoperability between the different applications, creating a virtual integrated information system that adheres to the IHE technical framework. This information can then be reliably used to manage pre-fetching rules, study distribution, and report creation and delivery. The M3 uses DICOM, HL7, XML, SSL, TLS and other standards to ensure HIPAA compliance in both procedural and security areas.

The Compressus MEDxConnect Systems Management Dashboard (SMD) provides an overview of information to aid the monitoring of enterprise activities to ensure smooth and efficient workflow. The system uses a variety of numeric and graphic tools to display workflow operations to enable users to quickly find and correct inefficiencies.

The SMD display quickly pinpoints enterprise bottlenecks by visually indicating the services which are outside the customer specified boundaries. The information format is easily assimilated and understood by the customer which allows for a quick proactive correction of issues before they become a crisis.

GetWellNetwork (Booth #2163) is announcing and demonstrating its newest PatientLife ConsoleT. This next generation of its primary in-room hardware device (formerly referred to as a set-top box) is deployed by hospitals to run the company’s software, PatientLife SystemT.  The PatientLife System serves as the critical link between existing health information systems and patients at the point-of-care by bringing education, information, entertainment and communication services directly to patients and families through existing in-room TVs/monitors. The new hardware device enables hospitals to benefit from enhanced internet browsing and increased processing power. In addition, the device offers greater expansion flexibility to support future software functionality.

HealthGate (Booth #860) is showcasing its Collaboration Architect, an online, permissions-based, collaboration/content management/workflow system. Collaboration Architect addresses not only collaboration/content management issues affiliated with clinical decision support, but it also aids these needs for different departments that exist within hospitals to include everything from clinical documents (e.g. order sets, patient safety checklists, and patient education) to administrative documents (e.g. contracts, bylines, policies & procedures).

IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences (Booth #2626) is demonstrating its standards-based infrastructure developed under contract from the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a foundation for the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) for secure health information sharing among hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies and physicians.áThe IBM solution will scale to a nationwide level, support electronic medical records at the provider level; enable personal health records and tie in public health department use of de-identified data for trending and census purposes.áIt will also provide a future roadmap for the addition of other healthcare stakeholders, such as payers, governmental agencies and healthcare researchers.

NeoTool’s NeoIntegrate healthcare interface engineNeoTool (Booth #2331) is highlighting the 3.0 release of its NeoIntegrate, the new generation of its healthcare interface engine designed to expand support for XML standards that include: Continuity of Care Record (CCR), HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA), HL7 Version 3, and healthcare vendor defined XML schemas.

Through use of the integration engine, healthcare applications with an XML Schema Definition (XSD) can quickly map HL7 V2 messages to XML, XML messages to HL7 V2, and XML to XML. NeoIntegrate also facilitates the use of the CCR integration standard for EMR application developers. Also, like application vendors, healthcare providers will be able to transform CCR messages to HL7 messages or HL7 messages to CCR messages via the engine.

The 3.0 release also includes enhanced log management capabilities that provide a comprehensive audit trail of clinical data exchanges that occur on a real-time basis. Log files can be viewed by day, date range, log file type, and connection. Additionally, log file information can be viewed, analyzed, and re-set with just a few simple steps within the engine.

Pegasus Imaging (Booth #3411) is demonstrating its advanced technology for developers of electronic health records (EHR), as well as indexing, and archiving systems. Product features include document viewing, editing, annotation, scanning, barcode, character and mark recognition, DICOM, and image/video compression (PDF/JBIG2, TIFF G3/G4, JPEG, JPEG2000/JPIP). This technology is available as both software development toolkits and applications.