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Quarterly Announcements - Q4 2015




2015 Recap

Clearwater, Florida (September 30, 2015)—Gilbert Hakim, SCC’s CEO, is pleased to provide this quarterly update.

It has been a busy year both domestically and internationally as SCC Soft Computer continues our expansion into international markets, in particular Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia.  As the world’s largest laboratory and genetics information system software vendor, we continue to be driven to meet new and higher expectations within the global healthcare community.  We are excited about the opportunity to continue to meet with the healthcare industry’s top leadership, discuss the future needs of the healthcare marketplace, and position SCC Soft Computer to deliver worldwide solutions that benefit both our domestic and international partners.  We are pleased to have new clients and partners in Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.  We look forward to reporting additional new client locations throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Australia in the near future.

Additionally, we have been extremely busy with our US, Canadian, and South American client base as we have continued our 2014 Edition EHR Criteria upgrades (Meaningful Use 2) and meeting the needs of over 300 clients at a time where Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and government conditions and timelines are ever-changing.  We successfully streamlined the delivery of software, training, and tools to our client base, ensuring that clients could meet their facilities’ timelines for reimbursement.  We recognized the downtime sensitivities and strategized flexible ways to minimize impact within our client base during the upgrade process.

Finally, I would like to offer my sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of SCC’s valued clients for your continued support and dedication, and for giving SCC the opportunity to be your LIS and genetics information management system solution vendor of choice.  SCC would not be where we are today without your confidence in us.  Because of you, SCC is setting the standard for healthcare information technology.  We continue to be an industry leader because of partnerships with our valued clients.  Thank you for choosing SCC Soft Computer as your LIS vendor and for the critical, lifesaving work you perform every day.  We are proud to be on this journey with you and look forward to many years of success.




Product releases:  Q3 2015 update

Clearwater, Florida (September 29, 2015)—SCC Soft Computer is pleased to provide this status update regarding our Q3 2015 product releases.

During third quarter 2015, SCC’s product releases included shipping the following products:

·         SoftLab® 4.5.4.9

·         SoftBank® 25.5.2

·         PALM SoftID.NET 2.6.0.4

·         SoftTotalQC® 1.0.3.9

SCC Soft Computer continues our strong commitment to R&D and meeting the technological needs of our client base.

Please click here to review the release notes for each of these products; contact your Account Executive to discuss how these products can help your facility.




New online trainings

Clearwater, Florida (September 30, 2015)—SCC Soft Computer’s award-winning Educational Services (EDS) team is pleased to announce new courseware now available on the EDS I-Train, your stop on the EDS Ed-Train for self-directed online courses.  These self-directed e-learning courses enable you (and your staff) to learn at your own pace, anytime / anywhere.

LIS Administrator

Are you new to the position of LIS Administrator?
The following short courses will help you jump start your transition into your new role:

·   Routine Systems Maintenance v4.0
This course consists of the following elements:

§ a discussion of performing daily application-level program routines and procedures, as well as regularly scheduled preventive maintenance

§ an introduction to the SPN system as a tool to monitor system performance and system problems

The course will launch as a PDF document; you can use the zoom buttons at the top of the screen to adjust the document to your screen size.

·         Intro to MoM – Coming Soon

·         Intro to HL7 – Coming Soon

SoftReports Designer v1.1.9.1

·   Report and Query Templates
This course will help you get started in creating your own report template.

§ Creating a report template can save you time the next time you need to create a report.

§ Having a report template you can use as a starting point will simplify and streamline the process.

The course will launch as a PDF document; you can use the zoom buttons at the top of the screen to adjust the document to your screen size.

To access these courses and learn more about the many benefits of SCC’s I-Train, go to www.softcomputer.com and select Educational Services under Products & Services.  On the Educational Services homepage, click the I-Train icon (if you’re not logged in to the Technical Support site already, you’ll need to enter your User ID and Password).  Please be sure to bookmark the page and check back frequently for additional updates.

 

SCC’s Educational Services team has been working on converting our popular LIS Admin class from an instructor-led class held here at SCC to a self-directed e-learning course.  We have introduced elements of the new e-learning course into the instructor-led class over the past several months, and we have received excellent feedback.

This new self-directed e-learning course will include an electronic version of the LIS Admin training manual, exercises, and reference material as well as SCC-hosted e-mail support.

Providing LIS Admin as a self-directed e-learning course enables students to repeat sections—or the entire course—for additional reinforcement or a refresher of the material covered.  Furthermore, this enables users to take the course anytime, anywhere allowing flexibility, as disparate client team members work various shifts.  By decreasing costs and increasing flexibility we will increase our clients’ ROI, as the course sections can now be targeted to just the employees who need specific sections rather than sending one employee to learn it all.

We expect to have both 4.0 and 4.5 courses completed early Q4 2015.




SNUG update

Clearwater, Florida (September 29, 2015)—On behalf of the Soft Network Users Group, SCC Soft Computer is pleased to provide this status update regarding the 2016 SNUG membership drive.

The 2016 SNUG membership drive is open, and it’s time to join SNUG or renew your membership!

In 2016, SNUG is celebrating the Olympics spirit and what it means to be champions as we go for the gold in healthcare information technology … together.

According to 2015/2016 SNUG President, Melinda Doherty of Baylor Scott and White Health, “this theme works well with our roles as allied healthcare and healthcare IT professionals.  We possess many of the same traits as champions:  determination, dedication, self-discipline.  We face many obstacles and challenges in this dynamic field.”  Additionally, 2016 is significant for several reasons related to the Olympics:

·      It’s an Olympics year with the Games of the XXXI Olympiad being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August 2016.

·      It’s also the 120th anniversary of the first games of the Modern Olympics held under the auspices of the IOC in 1896.

For pricing and more information about SNUG membership, including a downloadable brochure, please visit SNUG’s home on the Web http://www.snuginconline.org/snugmembership.html.

One of the many benefits of SNUG membership is a deep discount to the annual SNUG Healthcare Information Technology Summit.  The non-member rate is $1,000 per attendee; the SNUG member rate is only $375 per attendee.

The SNUG annual conference is scheduled for April 17 – 21 at Sheraton Hotel in Clearwater, Florida.  Please make plans to join us for excellent networking, training, and educational opportunities.

For more information about the annual SNUG conference, please visit the SNUG Conference page at http://www.snuginconline.org/conference.php.




ICD-10 2015 update

Clearwater Florida (September 29, 2015)—SCC Soft Computer is pleased to provide this status update regarding the ICD-10 conversion.

As stated in SCC's ICD-10 Transition Plans, which were published in Q4 2012 and updated in Q1 2013, the majority of SCC's suite of applications can handle the ICD-10 codes with no coding changes.  SoftA/R® required code changes, and the latest versions of all other SCC information system software applications are compliant.  SCC Soft Computer developed an effective and efficient process to allow clients to use both ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes during the transition period.

SCC has been working diligently over the past few years to assist and prepare our client bases with the necessary tools to meet the ICD-10 requirements.

With ever-changing needs and timelines set forth by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), SCC's Account Executives and Technical Support personnel have been working tirelessly to ensure that more than 230 clients have what they need to be prepared for the October 1, 2015 compliance date for diagnosis coding using Clinical Modification ICD-10-CM and Procedure Coding System ICD-1—PCS for inpatient hospital procedure coding (a year later than the previous compliance date of October 1, 2014 set forth by CMS).

During the course of this project, SCC's focus has been on providing tools to allow our clients to effectively manage this transition, with minimal software impact.  These tools include utilities, reports, and various other mechanisms within SCC's existing laboratory and genetics information system software applications.

With variety of different scenarios and setups, it has a been a successful collaboration between SCC's clients, Account Executives, R&D, and Technical Support towards reaching this common goal of ICD-10 compliance by the October 1, 2015 deadline.

The goal is in sight; however, there is still work to be done.  We look forward to working side-by-side with our valued clients as we put the final touches on these projects.




Join us…

Clearwater Florida (September 29, 2015)—SCC is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the following trade shows during Q4 2015:

CAP ’15 THE Pathologists Meeting (College of American Pathologists)
Gaylord Opryland | Nashville, Tennessee | October 4 – 6 | Booth 423

ASHG 2015 Annual Meeting (American Society of Human Genetics)
Baltimore Convention Center | Baltimore, Maryland | October 7 – 9 | Booth 1614

G2 Intelligence Lab Institute 2015
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill | Washington, D.C. | October 14 – 16 | Booth 105

Indonesian Hospital Expo 2015
Jakarta Convention Center | Jakarta, Indonesia | October 21 – 24 | Booth 80, Hall A

AABB 2015 Annual Meeting (American Association of Blood Banks)
Anaheim Convention Center | Anaheim, California | October 24 – 27 | Booth 487

AMP 2015 Annual Meeting (Association for Molecular Pathology)
Austin Convention Center | Austin, Texas | November 5 – 7 | Booth 201

Hemo® 2015 (Brazilian Congress of Haematology, Haemotherapy and Cellular Therapy)
Transamerica Expo Center | Sao Paulo, Brazil | November 19 – 22 | Booth 36

Contact us for exhibit hours and to arrange for a private meeting or demonstration.

You can also visit our website at http://www.softcomputer.com/news-events/events/ to see where we’ll be in October and November so you can schedule a demonstration of SCC’s laboratory and genetics information system solutions with one of our experts.

We hope to see you when we’re on the road this fall.




SCC Q3 Webinar Recap

Clearwater Florida (September 29, 2015)—SCC Soft Computer reports the successful completion of two product-specific webinars in September on the SCC Training Network™.

 

09.15.15 | SoftBank®/SoftID.Tx Webinar Recap

Members of SCC’s Blood Services team hosted a webinar for SoftBank clients on Tuesday, September 15,, 2015.

During this three-part presentation on SCC’s cutting-edge approach to transfusion administration, SCC Blood Services team members presented the following topics:

·      Alan Nichols | SoftID Product Specialist explained how SCC’s SoftID.Tx positive patient transfusion administration system can be used to manage the transfer of Tx-related data from the patient’s bedside to SCC’s SoftBank blood bank and transfusion service information management system.  Alan discussed key SoftID.Tx advantages to meeting NPSG 01.03.01, along with safety features integrated into SoftBank systems.

·      Debbie Horn | Blood Services Implementation Specialist provided a features overview for SoftBank versions 25.1 – 25.5 and reviewed data elements for each version as well as the timelines and validation work effort.  She also reviewed the Linking Orders enhancement in SoftBank.  Debbie discussed OBX segments and vital signs in respective versions of SoftBank versions 25.1, 25.3, and 25.5 in connection to SoftLab versions 4.0 and 4.5.

·      Jacek Pawelec | SoftBank Architect covered instrument interfacing, how this works, and what’s required.

09.17.15 | SoftFlowCytometry Webinar Recap

SCC Soft Computer would like to thank Steven Bashynksi | Technical Specialist | Department of Laboratory Medicine | Mayo Clinic for hosting this webinar and sharing how Mayo Clinic controls the flow with SCC’s SoftFlowCytometry, the flexible data management solution for the diagnostic flow cytometry laboratory.

This webinar was offered free for all SCC clients and showcased methodologies utilized within Mayo clinic.  Webinar attendees learned how Mayo managed their flow testing before going live with SCC’s SoftFlowCytometry and how Mayo used this flexible data management solution to structure their flow.  Steven also explained how Mayo used this software tool to automate their flow resulting and discussed some of the high-end features they use to accomplish this.  He shared an example of how Mayo has used SoftFlowCytometry to solve an issue that other clients might be facing in their own labs.

A sincere thank you to Steven for his efforts in taking the time to prepare this presentation and share his knowledge with SCC clients.  SCC also would like to thank the attendees who joined us for this informative session on ways to structure flow resulting in the lab using SoftFlowCytometry and some of Mayo Clinic’s innovative tips.

 

We look forward to hosting more webinars in the near future that will help our clients continue to increase their knowledge of SCC’s systems.  If you have suggestions for topics you would like to see on the SCC Training Network, please contact jeffreym@softcomputer.com.