In 1992 I formed ProData Medical Information Systems, Inc. with two business partners. We began by capitalizing on my previous experience with SBT's Database Accounting Library and Pacific MedSoft's Practice Manager vertical application. I also brought several other applications that I had previously written into the company; Leigh Information System's Hospital Procedural Tracking systems: Radiology, Laboratory, and Surgery; which we continued to market and sell.
Noting some significant performance and useability problems with Pacific Medsoft's Clinical Information Manager, as well as a serious lag in their development time, I wrote my own Clinical Assistant program with enhanced useability and features. In addition to storing standard SOAP notes, the Clinical Assistant allowed the storage of Radiology and Laboratory results, the graphing of laboratory data using true graphics mode rather than the text mode approximations used by Medsoft. I then modified Practice Manager to access Clinical Assistant rather than Clinical Information Manager.
Eventually I wrote my own complete Medical Office Manager (MOM), a system that automates all phases of a physician's practice, including scheduling, billing, insurance filing, and a more tightly integrated version of Clinical Information Manager. MOM integrates with SBT and can import data from Medsoft's Practice Manager. This was originally written as a DOS program designed to run on LANtastic networks, so some of the features, such as e-mail and word-processing, are no longer required and are obsolete by today's standards. One of the additional features that I was quite happy with was integrated insurance filing. Medsoft's system had to export data to an external program to file insurance.
We did not limit ProData to medical systems only. I also created a personnel management system for Union Camp Corporation in Spartanburg, S.C., and performed numerous installations of SBT accounting software across two states. One particularly nice application was a remote order processing system designed to allow a manufacturer at a trade show to enter orders into a laptop computer and then transmit batch sales orders, sychronizing the SO numbers with those that had been entered into the host system. This allowed the staff at the trade show to work as though they were on-line, but eliminated costly constant telephone connection charges. At the host side, a successful transmission resulted in the proper entry of the day's sales orders, as well as generation of purchase order numbers and the generation and printing of work orders. In many cases, buyers returned home from the trade shows to find their order had already arrived!