Quarterly Announcements - Q2 2016
Florida (May 11, 2016)—Gilbert Hakim, SCC’s CEO, is pleased to provide this
was wonderful to see so many familiar faces—and a record number of first-time
attendees—at SNUG’s 24th annual healthcare information technology
summit (SNUG 2016) the week of April 17. For a conference recap, please see SNUG Update in SCC’s Q2 2016 Announcements.
had an excellent turnout for the presentation by SCC’s Rick Brewer and Fred
Church on the benefits of keeping your best of breed LIS versus replacement
with a single vendor. This is a topic of concern for many of you as your
organizations face the challenges of maximizing return on investment (ROI)
while continuing to provide cutting edge healthcare. SCC is preparing total
cost of ownership (TCO) documents to illustrate the benefits over the short
term—as well as projected out five and 10 years—of remaining with your
SoftLab LIS. This documentation will be available through your Account
Executive/Client Relations Manager.
writing this at the onset of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (Lab Week
2016) and am reminded of the dedicated medical laboratory professionals,
medical laboratory scientists, and board-certified pathologists who play a
vital role in advancing every aspect of modern healthcare and clinical
You truly are “Diagnosis
Detectives” who “solve” patient cases—one test at a time. Clinical
diagnosticians are the foundation of modern healthcare, and laboratory
professionals get results! Lab is Fab … and so are you!
you for choosing SCC Soft Computer as your LIS vendor and for the critical,
lifesaving work you perform every day behind the scenes. We are proud to
share this journey with you and look forward to many more years of mutual
Product releases: Q1 2016 update
Florida (May 11, 2016)—SCC Soft Computer is pleased to provide this status
update regarding our Q1 2016 product releases.
first quarter 2016, SCC’s product releases included shipping the following
Soft Computer continues our strong commitment to R&D and meeting the
technological needs of our client base.
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.
Florida (May 11, 2016)—SCC Soft Computer’s award-winning Educational Services
(EDS) team is pleased to announce that two of SCC’s clients have once again
placed in the annual ranking of the world’s top companies for workforce
training and professional development. It is a real pleasure to offer our
congratulations to these learning and development leaders.
Training magazine is the leading
business publication for learning and development, human resources, and
business management professionals in all industries. Established in 1964, it
has been the ultimate resource for innovative learning and development—in
print, in person, and online. This professional development magazine has
advocated training and workforce development as a business tool for more than
five decades and delves into management issues such as leadership and
succession planning, HR issues such as recruitment and retention, and
training issues such as learning theory, on-the-job skills assessments and
aligning core workforce competencies to enhance the bottom line impact of
training and development programs.
in 2001, the Training Top 125 is the prominent annual list of companies that
excel at employee training and development and are unsurpassed in harnessing
Monday night, February 15, at the spectacular annual Training Top 125 black
tie gala, This Magic Moment, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, two
of SCC’s clients learned where they placed in this annual ranking of the
world’s training leaders.
& White Health ranks 26th in the 2016 Training Top 125
made their debut in this annual ranking of the top companies for workforce
training in 2010 and has consistently ranked among the Training Top 125 ever
fiscal year 2015, 450 new supervisors at Baylor Scott & White Health were
required to take 40 hours of blended learning instruction. This included
training in the 10 supervisor-level competencies, role transition, policies,
systems, and tools. Courseware included pre-reading, e-learning, on-demand
videos, interviews with successful leaders, creation of development plans,
participation in Learning Circles, classroom work, and an assessment of
leadership competencies by their leader.
rated their courses 96% for overall value.
retention of knowledge was 91%.
application to the job was 92%.1
Scott & White Health also received a Best Practice Award
for their Geriatric Nursing Curriculum Grant!
the geriatric population grows exponentially, so does the need for qualified
nurses to care for them. Baylor Scott & White Health received a grant
from the Deerbrook Charitable Trust to promote safe, quality, compassionate
care for older hospitalized patients. This curriculum was created to deliver
instructionally sound and effective learning (all content is shorter than 10
minutes) in various media including:
1. More than 150
that teach healthcare providers about the unique aspects of treating
geriatric patients. Content includes delirium, pressure ulcers,
polypharmacy, ageism, normal aging, geriatric depression, sleep disorders,
elder abuse/neglect, home safety, end-of-life care, osteoporosis, fractures,
palliative care, and oral health. The organization partnered with subject
matter experts at universities and around the world. The specific protocols
taught in these modules helped Baylor Scott & White Health exceed its
quality goal by 2.95 percent, by reducing the number of hospital-acquired
2. Four i-books (also converted to Android
the Older Adult
with the Benefit of Technology
3. Five mobile
4. Six videos
5. 14 downloadable
6. A Geriatricks
that has QR codes and embedded links to relevant sites with tools.
7. 36 nurses were
certified in Geriatric Nursing
(previously there were none). This helped Baylor Scott & White Health
exceed its retention goal by 0.6 percent.
Some 19,132 units of learning have been accessed, with a 79 percent
completion rate. Five schools of nursing are incorporating this content into
their curricula. The organization decreased occurrences of preventable
complications in geriatric patients by at least 20 percent, which helped it
exceed its overall quality core measures goal by 0.7 percent.
Scott & White Health decreased “less than 30-day readmissions” for
nurse-sensitive issues by 10 percent. It also decreased length of stay for
geriatric patients by 15 percent, which helped it exceed its financial goal
by 3.68 percent.2
to Baylor Scott & White Health for ranking among the 2016 Training Top
125 and for receiving a 2016 Best Practice Award!
Health System ranks 35th in the 2016 Training Top 125
Care made their debut in this annual ranking of the top companies for
workforce training in 2012 and has consistently ranked among the Training Top
125 ever since.
Language Interpreter Network at Christiana Care (LINCC) identifies,
evaluates, trains, and compensates bilingual employees to provide safe,
competent medical interpretation. Employees from five continents and 26
countries completed 24 hours of classroom training, including interpreting
techniques, ethics, and cultural mediation/advocacy, and passed written and
oral examinations. Of the 70 graduates, 58 qualified to provide medical
interpretation for patients; 12 qualified to interpret in non-medical
encounters as “patient access liaisons.” LINCC has expanded Christiana
Care’s in-house interpreting capability from two languages—Spanish and
American Sign Language—to 18 languages, ranging from Arabic to Yoruba.3
to Christiana Care for ranking among the 2016 Training Top 125!
Training magazine, January/February 2016, Vol. 53, No. 1, pp. 68 –
Practices & Outstanding Training Initiatives, Training
magazine, January/February 2016, Vol. 53, No. 1, p. 103
Training magazine, January/February 2016, Vol. 53, No. 1, pp. 68 –
Florida (May 11, 2016)—On behalf of the Soft Network Users Group and the SNUG
Executive Board, SCC Soft Computer—SNUG 2016 Diamond Sponsor—is
pleased to provide this status update regarding SNUG 2016, SNUG’s 24th
annual conference, meeting, and expo.
2016, SNUG is celebrating the Olympics spirit and what it means to be
champions—by design—as we go for the gold in healthcare information
technology … together.
annual conference had an Olympics theme—Champions
by Design · Going for the
location of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, influenced
several of our networking events. This theme was also appropriate because
2016 also happens to be the 120th anniversary of the First Modern
Olympics Games, which were held in Athens, Greece in April 1896, 1,500 years
after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
attendees (including 43 first-time attendees) representing 59 SCC client
sites participated in the “Games” of the XXIV (24th) SNUG Summit.
evening, April 17, SNUG conference attendees and SCC staff mingled over an
array of hors d’oeuvres on the poolside lawn at the Sheraton Sand Key during
the SNUG 2016 Welcome Reception.
conference officially began Monday morning at the Opening Session, where
2015/2016 SNUG Vice President, Corbin Ellsaesser welcomed everyone. SCC’s CEO
gave a brief “State of the Union” address before Corbin came back on stage to
introduce 2015/2016 SNUG President, Melinda Doherty, who spoke for a few
minutes about the importance of teamwork in the overall success of healthcare
organizations. SNUG 2016 keynote speaker, Robyn Benincasa delivered an
inspiring address on extreme teamwork as she tied in her experiences as a
world-champion eco-challenge adventure racer with the critical role played by
four-day conference provided educational sessions, hands-on lab access,
workshops, roundtables, and networking events. This year, SNUG provided two
outstanding featured speakers on Wednesday, R. Bruce Wellman, MD,
Pathologist/Medical Director, Carle Physicians Group/Carle Foundation
Hospital and Jane M. Hermansen, MT(ASCP) MBA, Outreach Development Manager,
Mayo Medical Laboratories and President-Elect, CLMA. The conference featured
three new tracks in addition to the product tracks. Of the 63 total
sessions, 28 were presented by SCC staff, 23 by SNUG members, six were joint
SCC/SNUG sessions, and seven were SNUG Platinum vendor sessions. The last
session of the conference was a two-hour LIS Administrator workshop that was
open to all SNUG conference attendees.
not all work at the annual SNUG conference. Several fun activities during
the week helped attendees break the ice, reconnect, and network with their
colleagues from other client sites as well as members of SCC’s support staff
and SNUG sponsors. It’s the ultimate way to mix business and pleasure—who
says you can’t have fun while you’re working?!
year, 17 vendor sponsors helped make the conference a success. Tuesday,
during the vendor fair, attendees visited the vendors and received stickers
on each vendor’s “gold medal.” Attendees who brought their completed game
cards to the Brazilian-themed vendor reception that evening were entered into
a drawing for a chance to win prizes. Platinum vendors, STS and S&P
teamed up and threw a Rio Carnival-inspired “After Party” where attendees
received masks and danced the night away. Wednesday evening, SNUG’s Diamond
Sponsor hosted the annual SCC SNUG Appreciation Banquet where attendees were
introduced to the new SNUG board before they enjoyed an evening of dining and
dancing with an elegant black and gold flair.
the annual SNUG Business Meeting Wednesday morning, the 2016/2017 SNUG
Executive Board was elected.
Introducing your 2016/2017 SNUG Executive Board:
President: Melinda Doherty, Baylor Scott and White
President: Corbin Ellsaesser, Christiana Care Health
President: Debbie Czarnecki, NorDx—MaineHealth
Secretary: Steve Pleschourt, Mayo Clinic
Treasurer: Nikki Van Ingen, Holland Hospital
Assistant Secretary: Kenneth Singleton, Sparrow Health System
Treasurer: Shawna Andriese, Renown Regional Medical
Chairman: Brenda Duff, Orange Regional Medical Center
Coordinator: Sharon Black, North Point Laboratory
Service Coordinator: JoAnn Logue O’Malley, Beaumont Health
Member: Chung-Hee Row, National Institutes of Health
SNUG Auxiliary Board Member: Earle Barnes, National Institutes of Health
And, the 2016/2017 Annual Conference Planning Committee:
Annual Planning Chair: Melinda Doherty, Baylor Scott and White
Committee Member: Melissa Craft, St. Francis Medical Center
Committee Member: Laura Jones, River Oaks Hospital
Committee Member: Tim Fink, National Institutes of
Committee Member: Tony Barnes, National Institutes of
Save the date for SNUG 2017!
are already underway for SNUG 2017. The conference will be held during the
week of May 21st at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. We hope to see
you in May on spectacular Clearwater Beach!
more information about the annual SNUG conference, please visit the SNUG
Conference Info page at http://snuginconline.org/info/
Florida (May 11, 2016)—SCC’s Regulatory Affairs department is pleased to
provide this quarterly update.
SoftLab® versions 4.0.7, 4.0.8, and 4.5.4 are 2014 Edition Health
Information Technology1 Compliant
(Clearwater, FL) April 28, 2016 –
SCC Soft Computer is pleased to announce that SCC’s laboratory information
system, SoftLab®, version 4.0.8 is 2014 Edition Health Information
SoftLab® versions 4.0.7, 4.0.8
and 4.5.4 were certified by ICSA Labs in accordance with the applicable
certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
These certifications do not
represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
January 10, 2014, SCC Soft Computer’s SoftLab® 4.0.7 received 2014
Edition EHR Technology certification (certificate number CC-2014-100005-1).
February 20, 2016, SCC Soft Computer’s SoftLab® 4.0.8 received
2014 Edition Health Information Technology3 certification
(certificate number 140059R00).
April 21, 2014, SCC Soft Computer’s SoftLab® 4.5.4 received
2014 Edition EHR Technology certification (certificate number 140059R01).
versions 4.0.7, 4.0.8, and SoftLab 4.5.4 received 2014 Edition Health
Information Technology4 certification for the following criteria:
– Incorporate laboratory tests and values/results
– Transmission of electronic laboratory tests and values/results to
(f)(4) – Transmission of reportable laboratory tests and values/results
– Automated numerator recording
– Quality Management System
additional software relied upon to comply with one or more of the
certification criteria include:
Computer Reference Lab Interface
Computer ELR Interface
Computer Result Reporting Interface
full details, please visit www.softcomputer.com > Regulatory Affairs (or www.softcomputer.com > Technical Support >
has a busy “on the road” schedule where we’re showcasing our Laboratory and
AP+Genetics LIS solutions during Q2 2016 and throughout all of 2016.
Florida (May 11, 2016)—SCC is pleased to announce that we are exhibiting at
the following trade shows during second and third quarters (Q2 and Q3) 2016.
us for exhibit hours and to arrange for a private meeting or demonstration.
April, we were at locations around the globe, including the following:
Hotel-Jakarta | Jakarta, Indonesia | April 8 – 10
Connecting Lab (CLC)
Columbus-Worthington | Columbus, Ohio | April 14 – 15
Compass Group Spring Meeting
Texan | Gaylord, Texas | April 14 – 15
Exhibition Grounds | Berlin, Germany | April 19 – 21
2016 | 24th Annual Soft Network User Group Healthcare Information
Technology Summit & Expo
Sand Key Resort | Clearwater Beach, Florida | April 17 – 21 (for a recap of
SNUG’s annual conference, please click here)
New Orleans | New Orleans, Louisiana | April 26 – 27
in mid-May, SCC will be at these locations around the world:
Society of Human Genetics
International Convention Center | Barcelona, Spain | May 21 – 23
Informatics Summit 2016
Grand Pittsburgh Downtown | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | May 24 – 25
Centre | Johannesburg, South Africa | June 8 – 10
Resort | Sunriver, Oregon | June 27 – 29
AACC Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo
Convention Center | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | August 2 – 4
of American Pathologists
Las Vegas | Las Vegas, Nevada | September 26 – 27
This is SCC’s preliminary trade show schedule
for Q2 and Q3 2016. We will post additional information regarding each show
as it becomes available. You can also visit our website at http://www.softcomputer.com/news-events/events/ to see where we’ll be in
2016 so you can schedule a demonstration of SCC’s laboratory and genetics
information system solutions with one of our experts.
hope to see you when we’re on the road this year.