Cottage Health System to Implement Sentillion's Vergence(R) Context Management Solution

2,000 Clinical Users to Benefit from Context-Driven, CCOW-Compliant

Coordination of Diverse Applications and Technologies



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sentillion, Inc.

    ANDOVER, Mass., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Sentillion, Inc. today announced
 that Cottage Health System in Santa Barbara, California will implement
 Sentillion's Vergence(R) Context Management Solution (Vergence) to link its
 sophisticated, diverse information technology (IT) infrastructure.  Cottage
 Health System, a 700-bed organization of three non-profit hospitals including
 an acute care medical center and teaching hospital, is the largest healthcare
 facility on the California coast between Los Angeles and the San Francisco
 Bay.
     Vergence is a breakthrough approach to synchronizing multiple,
 independently authored healthcare applications at the clinical desktop.  Fully
 compliant with the Health Level Seven (HL7) CCOW Standard, Vergence empowers
 caregivers with more streamlined, intuitive use of computer-based information.
     "We pursue a 'best of breed' approach to IT, investing in superior
 specialized applications, developed by various vendors, to address individual
 departments' particular needs.  In the past, however, we've struggled with
 traditional methods to integrate these department-specific applications with
 key enterprise-wide information systems," stated Alberto Kywi, chief
 information officer at Cottage Health System.  "Vergence, with its unique
 integration approach, is the first technology solution that truly can link
 together all of these disparate applications, solving many of our integration
 headaches and providing us with a 'plug and play' capability we could not
 attain previously."
     The HL7 CCOW Standard defines the specifications necessary for creating a
 context-driven, multi-vendor, multi-technology clinical desktop.  A behind-
 the-scenes context manager coordinates CCOW-compliant applications so they
 work together as a common, linked suite from the caregiver's perspective.  Key
 vendors are aligning their applications with the CCOW Standard.  Vergence is
 the first commercially available solution capable of coordinating context
 among CCOW-compliant healthcare applications.
     At Cottage Health System, Vergence will link a diverse set of CCOW-
 compliant Web- and Windows(R)-based applications utilized by over 2,000
 clinical end users via 800 clinical desktops.  Cottage Health System currently
 utilizes CCOW-compliant applications developed by DR Systems, Inc., Eclipsys
 Corporation, FutureNet Technologies Corporation and Agilent Technologies, Inc.
     According to Mr. Kywi, "Vergence not only will give our caregivers the
 secure single sign on capability they've been asking for, but also it will
 afford them a unique way to access a single patient's information
 simultaneously in multiple, otherwise-disconnected applications.  We believe
 this will eliminate much of the frustration that currently discourages them
 from using applications, and save them tremendous time, facilitating quicker,
 more informed decision-making critical to delivering the highest quality
 patient care possible."
 
     About Vergence
     Vergence is a comprehensive software solution which runs on a specialized
 network appliance hardware device designed to meet the varied needs of the
 healthcare environment.  Vergence synchronizes multiple health care
 applications at the clinical desktop-regardless of technology platform-so they
 work together as though they are a common, coordinated suite from the user's
 perspective.  The linked applications follow user-specified context, including
 the identity of a user, a selected patient or a specific clinical observation.
     For example, a caregiver securely logs on to the desktop once and is
 automatically and simultaneously signed on to multiple applications.  Then,
 each time the caregiver establishes context-for instance, selects a new
 patient-all of the applications tune to that patient's data.  The caregiver's
 experience is one of interacting with a single system, even though he or she
 may be using several, independent applications, each via its native user
 interface.  As a result, the user not only is able to view all available
 patient-specific information, but also edit, update and manipulate the data
 using the full functionality of the actual applications.
     The Vergence Context Management Solution also offers security features
 that provide the foundation for HIPAA-compliant privacy and security policies,
 including the individual authentication of users, audit trails and, in the
 future, digital certificate management.
     "The e-health era has given rise to a number of powerful applications.
 Vergence allows healthcare provider institutions to effortlessly incorporate
 these new technologies, while preserving and extending the functionality of
 existing IT investments," stated Eric Corkhill, vice president, sales and
 business development for Sentillion.  "Therefore, an increasing number of
 provider institutions-like Cottage Health System-who want to overcome common
 integration problems and streamline caregivers' use of computer-based patient
 information are now requiring CCOW-compliant applications."
 
     About Sentillion, Inc.
     Sentillion, Inc., is the leading provider of context management technology
 solutions that simplify caregivers' access to and use of Windows(R) and Web-
 based health care applications, enabling more efficient, effective and safer
 patient care.  Sentillion's technology portfolio includes the Vergence(R)
 Context Management solution, the only commercially available solution, fully
 compliant with the Health Level Seven (HL7) CCOW standard, capable of linking
 multiple, independently authored healthcare applications on an enterprise-wide
 basis at provider institutions.  Sentillion also offers sophisticated and
 comprehensive development tools, workshops and technical support to help
 application developers quickly and easily achieve compliance with the CCOW
 standard.  A privately held company, Sentillion is headquartered in Andover,
 Mass., and located on the Web at www.sentillion.com.
 
     About Cottage Health System
     The Cottage Health System, formed in 1996 as the parent organization of
 Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and Santa Ynez
 Valley Cottage Hospital, is guided by a volunteer board of directors from the
 greater Santa Barbara community.  The Cottage Health System is the largest
 healthcare facility on the California coast between Los Angeles and the San
 Francisco Bay.
     Its mission lies in providing the highest standard of healthcare services
 through a commitment to continuous improvements in quality, patient
 satisfaction, health education, research, efficiency and community health.
 For more information, visit www.cottagehealthsystem.org.
 
     Contact:   Liz Falcone
                Sentillion, Inc.
                978-749-0022 ext. 208
                lfalcone@sentillion.com
 
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SOURCE Sentillion, Inc.
    ANDOVER, Mass., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Sentillion, Inc. today announced
 that Cottage Health System in Santa Barbara, California will implement
 Sentillion's Vergence(R) Context Management Solution (Vergence) to link its
 sophisticated, diverse information technology (IT) infrastructure.  Cottage
 Health System, a 700-bed organization of three non-profit hospitals including
 an acute care medical center and teaching hospital, is the largest healthcare
 facility on the California coast between Los Angeles and the San Francisco
 Bay.
     Vergence is a breakthrough approach to synchronizing multiple,
 independently authored healthcare applications at the clinical desktop.  Fully
 compliant with the Health Level Seven (HL7) CCOW Standard, Vergence empowers
 caregivers with more streamlined, intuitive use of computer-based information.
     "We pursue a 'best of breed' approach to IT, investing in superior
 specialized applications, developed by various vendors, to address individual
 departments' particular needs.  In the past, however, we've struggled with
 traditional methods to integrate these department-specific applications with
 key enterprise-wide information systems," stated Alberto Kywi, chief
 information officer at Cottage Health System.  "Vergence, with its unique
 integration approach, is the first technology solution that truly can link
 together all of these disparate applications, solving many of our integration
 headaches and providing us with a 'plug and play' capability we could not
 attain previously."
     The HL7 CCOW Standard defines the specifications necessary for creating a
 context-driven, multi-vendor, multi-technology clinical desktop.  A behind-
 the-scenes context manager coordinates CCOW-compliant applications so they
 work together as a common, linked suite from the caregiver's perspective.  Key
 vendors are aligning their applications with the CCOW Standard.  Vergence is
 the first commercially available solution capable of coordinating context
 among CCOW-compliant healthcare applications.
     At Cottage Health System, Vergence will link a diverse set of CCOW-
 compliant Web- and Windows(R)-based applications utilized by over 2,000
 clinical end users via 800 clinical desktops.  Cottage Health System currently
 utilizes CCOW-compliant applications developed by DR Systems, Inc., Eclipsys
 Corporation, FutureNet Technologies Corporation and Agilent Technologies, Inc.
     According to Mr. Kywi, "Vergence not only will give our caregivers the
 secure single sign on capability they've been asking for, but also it will
 afford them a unique way to access a single patient's information
 simultaneously in multiple, otherwise-disconnected applications.  We believe
 this will eliminate much of the frustration that currently discourages them
 from using applications, and save them tremendous time, facilitating quicker,
 more informed decision-making critical to delivering the highest quality
 patient care possible."
 
     About Vergence
     Vergence is a comprehensive software solution which runs on a specialized
 network appliance hardware device designed to meet the varied needs of the
 healthcare environment.  Vergence synchronizes multiple health care
 applications at the clinical desktop-regardless of technology platform-so they
 work together as though they are a common, coordinated suite from the user's
 perspective.  The linked applications follow user-specified context, including
 the identity of a user, a selected patient or a specific clinical observation.
     For example, a caregiver securely logs on to the desktop once and is
 automatically and simultaneously signed on to multiple applications.  Then,
 each time the caregiver establishes context-for instance, selects a new
 patient-all of the applications tune to that patient's data.  The caregiver's
 experience is one of interacting with a single system, even though he or she
 may be using several, independent applications, each via its native user
 interface.  As a result, the user not only is able to view all available
 patient-specific information, but also edit, update and manipulate the data
 using the full functionality of the actual applications.
     The Vergence Context Management Solution also offers security features
 that provide the foundation for HIPAA-compliant privacy and security policies,
 including the individual authentication of users, audit trails and, in the
 future, digital certificate management.
     "The e-health era has given rise to a number of powerful applications.
 Vergence allows healthcare provider institutions to effortlessly incorporate
 these new technologies, while preserving and extending the functionality of
 existing IT investments," stated Eric Corkhill, vice president, sales and
 business development for Sentillion.  "Therefore, an increasing number of
 provider institutions-like Cottage Health System-who want to overcome common
 integration problems and streamline caregivers' use of computer-based patient
 information are now requiring CCOW-compliant applications."
 
     About Sentillion, Inc.
     Sentillion, Inc., is the leading provider of context management technology
 solutions that simplify caregivers' access to and use of Windows(R) and Web-
 based health care applications, enabling more efficient, effective and safer
 patient care.  Sentillion's technology portfolio includes the Vergence(R)
 Context Management solution, the only commercially available solution, fully
 compliant with the Health Level Seven (HL7) CCOW standard, capable of linking
 multiple, independently authored healthcare applications on an enterprise-wide
 basis at provider institutions.  Sentillion also offers sophisticated and
 comprehensive development tools, workshops and technical support to help
 application developers quickly and easily achieve compliance with the CCOW
 standard.  A privately held company, Sentillion is headquartered in Andover,
 Mass., and located on the Web at www.sentillion.com.
 
     About Cottage Health System
     The Cottage Health System, formed in 1996 as the parent organization of
 Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and Santa Ynez
 Valley Cottage Hospital, is guided by a volunteer board of directors from the
 greater Santa Barbara community.  The Cottage Health System is the largest
 healthcare facility on the California coast between Los Angeles and the San
 Francisco Bay.
     Its mission lies in providing the highest standard of healthcare services
 through a commitment to continuous improvements in quality, patient
 satisfaction, health education, research, efficiency and community health.
 For more information, visit www.cottagehealthsystem.org.
 
     Contact:   Liz Falcone
                Sentillion, Inc.
                978-749-0022 ext. 208
                lfalcone@sentillion.com
 
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 SOURCE  Sentillion, Inc.