Health care is the one area of software development
where bugs are least acceptable.
relational database consulting
services for a large number of health care providers,
on both the medical/scientific side and on the
business/insurance reimbursement side.
has assisted them in making new services
available as well as in expediting the delivery
of existing services.
has also helped them achieve faster and more effective
recovery of receivables.
automated statistical analysis of certain blood tests,
making possible a new screening procedure for Down Syndrome,
one which can frequently eliminate the need for amniocentesis in pregnant women.
The system performed the complex statistical calculations needed to carry out the test
(doing self-checks to make sure it was carrying out those calculations correctly).
Once developed, the new tests accounted for over 60% of the revenue of the lab.
designed and built a cytogenetics database in Informix SQL on a Plexus 20
to track medical and billing information.
The system generated over 200 reports,
including result letters, bills, and patient financial histories.
It helped bring recovery time on receivables down from over sixty days
to about forty-five.
has written a number of small medical and billing tracking systems
in 4th Dimension and Omnis.
These have been used to track patient demographic and visit information,
manage insurance and patient billing,
provide management overviews of work flow,
and support research requirements.
reduced the maintenance load of
the main laboratory reports at a medical laboratory
by a factor of twelve by using make and macros to consolidate reports.