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Karisma Version 2.0

October 2007

The first major revision of Karisma is complete with Karisma 2.0 released in October 2007.

Karisma 2.0 will be rolling out to new and existing clients soon. If you require further information, please contact your account manager or our Melbourne office.

This release contains some major enhancements; including a new accounting module for our Australian customers. Our New Zealand Karisma users are already using these new features and it has proven to be a great success.

Another huge achievement for this release is, for the first time, we will be offering integration with Medicare Australia’s online claiming.

Additionally, we have improved our reporting capabilities by integrating a set of management and statistical reports empowering users with a means for sophisticated reporting and analysis of clinical data.


As well as integration with Medicare Australia’s online claiming, Karisma 2.0 will contain new features and enhancements including:

  • Changes to the screen layouts and the underlying model to make it more intuitive and simple to use

  • Improved workflows

  • Customisable financial periods

  • Improved data analysis using Management Reports

  • A new rebate library, streamlining the upgrading and maintenance process

Management and Statistical Reporting

The database framework has been revised; enabling our customers to take advantage of a range of SQL Server features including integration with reporting services.

In addition, work lists have been enhanced to support ‘fuzzy’ text matching (approximate full text searching, broadening the retrieval of information to take into account spelling mistakes or differences) within the content of patient reports.


Karisma 2.0 contains a number of integration enhancements that will strengthen our already successful product. Significant integration successes include:

  • Bi-directional HL7 integration with Nuance Dictaphone PowerScribe Voice Recognition software

  • Desktop integration with Voyager PACS, by Intellirad Solutions (Australia)

  • Improvements in the integration of Nuance Naturally Speaking Voice Recognition software

  • PACS integration framework improvements that will make it easier to maintain and extend all of our PACS integrations

Data Migration

Kestral has improved data migration processes to help streamline the process of migrating patient data from a legacy system into Karisma. Karisma 2.0 allows for the sequential import (batch mode, trickle mode or ad hoc migration) of this data from other systems via an XML Schema Document (XSD). This document can be used by migration engineers to describe the target database requirements - and Karisma will provide user interface to allow easy import and processing of these XML documents into the database.

On top of all of this, we have worked on digital dictation formats and the usability of the report dialogues, created new work list features and made many more changes to improve your Karisma experience. We have also developed some new tools to make installation and implementation of Karisma easier than ever before.

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