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Healthcare management gets a hand from Quest

Quest Middle East has launched the latest edition of its Healthcare Information Management system, CARE 2000, developed in partnership with Microsoft.

Quest Middle East has announced the launch of its latest healthcare the Arab Health Exhibition held last week in Dubai. CARE 2000, a Healthcare Information Management System, was developed using Microsoft technology, and is aimed at medium to large hospitals.CARE 2000 is the latest edition to the CARE range, which includes modular products for laboratories, small hospitals and individual doctors, covering both administrative and clinical functions. At present there are three hospitals in the UAE using CARE, one in Bahrain and one in Kuwait, and several in the Indian sub-continent. All parts of the package are designed to run on Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and the Windows 2000 environment. The package is fully compliant with the HL7 international standard for electronic patient data.CARE is also one of the few healthcare information management systems available that has full Arabic support. CV Ramanmurthy, CEO of Quest explained: “If a patient comes in and can only speak Arabic, he can give all his details in Arabic, including his ID cards, so you need a registration system in Arabic. Then there are other disciplines like lab reports, you can prepare in English, but patients would like it explained in Arabic, what they have been tested for, what the results are, so there are some areas where the patient is more comfortable in his native language.”“By delivering a reliable, user-friendly solution, our objective is to help healthcare organizations achieve a balance between optimising technology investment and maximizing availability and usefulness of their technology,” said Manoj Bhatia, enterprise partner manager, Microsoft GEM. “Being focused exclusively on the healthcare industry, Quest works with other technology partners to develop solutions that are unique to healthcare user’s needs. As many healthcare organizations look for improved methods of providing patient care and increasing administrative efficiency, and are evaluating the usage of wireless and mobile solutions, Quest and Microsoft are working together to deliver interconnected healthcare management platforms and services that establish the foundation for taking healthcare providers to the next level of computing anyplace, anytime and on an device.”

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