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Karisma Version 2.10

March 2011

In the coming weeks, Karisma v2.1.0 will be released. The latest release will include a number of new and enhanced features - continuing Kestral’s ongoing commitment to providing the most advanced RIS solution available in the Asia Pacific region. Following are just two of the enhancements and new functionality we have added to Karisma.

Order Entry

The Order Entry module is used to receive electronic orders from a third-party application (such as Cerner or OACIS) in the form of HL7 Messages. These orders can be used in the same manner as paper requests, except with improved efficiency. With electronic orders, the information is already captured electronically and a request can be created with minimal effort where all details are recorded.

The messaging interface performs initial validation and can automatically reject invalid messages based on predetermined rules. Order messages that make it to the pending orders list can then be processed as acceptable requests or denied based on departmental business rules.

For radiology, an incoming order can be converted into a received, scheduled, registered or arrived request. A printable version of the electronic request information can then be produced. Throughout the Karisma workflow for order entry, the partner system is kept informed about the progress of the order.

Server Monitoring

Automated feedback from the application server, to be introduced in v2.1.0, will assist Kestral in providing the very best support and maintenance service for all customers.

Information on the state of a given system is sent to Kestral using web services over a secure http connection. Kestral will store performance information, usage statistics and fault reports in a database. This database, along with real-time alerts when significant events occur and data mining for identifying trends across customers and versions, will help us quickly identify product issues. This will in turn assist Kestral in setting priorities for future product development.

For privacy reasons, information sent back to Kestral is not intended to contain any patient information. Fragments of clinical information may be included in certain exception messages; however, the same information is currently received when faults are emailed by a user, or when exception trace logs are recovered. Customers should therefore be aware that there are no new confidentiality or privacy concerns introduced by this feature.

Karisma v2.1.0 will include these and more new features. More information on the latest version will be available on release.

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