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Abbott Laboratories, Instrument Manager supplied by Data Innovations (Middleware systems 2013)

Abbott Laboratories, Instrument Manager supplied by Data Innovations (Middleware systems 2013)

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Abbott Laboratories
Deborah Anderson
100 Abbott Park Rd., CP1-4
Abbott Park, IL 60064

Name of middleware system Instrument Manager (supplied by Data Innovations)
Products that middleware connects to LIS chemistry/hematology/immunology lab instruments, microbiology instruments, AP devices/instruments (to AP LIS), POC testing instruments, departmental or total lab automation systems, others
First ever middleware installation/Most recent installation* 2007/December 2012
Last update of middleware system December 2012
No. of contracts for sites operating middleware
• U.S. contracts/Foreign contracts (countries)
• No. of these contracts signed in calendar-year 2012
No. of sites operating middleware/Percent of business that is middleware 100+/—
No. of employees in firm/In middleware development, install, support ~35,000/—
Provide list of client sites to potential customers on request yes (based on the customer’s criteria)
Hardware platforms Windows PC, server
• Proprietary hardware required no
Software platforms Windows 2000 Professional, XP, 2000 server, 2003 server, 2008 server, Vista, Windows 7 Professional
Fault-tolerant solutions/Hardware must be purchased from company yes/no
Middleware software or drivers can operate in virtual hardware environment yes
Databases used or supported InterSystems Caché
No. of results/orders that can be stored in database unlimited/unlimited
Middleware can interface with instruments from any manufacturer yes
Types of data middleware can receive, store, transmit alpha numeric, image
No. of instruments one middleware device can support
Protocols middleware supports to interface to instruments HL7, ANSI, XML, ASTM, proprietary, others
Low-level transport middleware supports to interface to instruments serial RS232, serial USB, TCP/IP, FTP, LAT
Middleware can send results to and receive orders from reference labs yes
LIS/HIS/EMR interfaces for receiving orders Sunquest, Meditech, Healthvision, Cerner, Allscripts, GE Healthcare, SCC Soft Computer, others
LIS/HIS/EMR interfaces for sending results Sunquest, Meditech, Healthvision, Cerner, Allscripts, GE Healthcare, SCC Soft Computer, others
No. of diff. host system connections that can operate at once on middleware unlimited
Protocols middleware supports to interface to other systems HL7, ANSI, XML, ASTM, proprietary, ODBC
Middleware can be configured to automatically forward reportable diseases  and other data to public health surveillance systems no
Human languages (other than English) middleware supports most languages
• Multiple languages can be used at same time on one system yes
Middleware supports local date and time formats yes
No. of users that can access middleware at once unlimited
No. of user security levels middleware supports unlimited
Middleware supports compound nested rules with multiple event actions yes
• Multiple event actions fired from one “if” condition statement yes
Programming or script language required to write rules no
Full and persistent audit trail of rule execution/System supports rules testing yes/yes
Rule sets applied to individual instruments or connections yes
Data from external databases retrieved and incorporated in rules processing yes
Rules test cases created, saved, used on demand for rules validation testing yes
System supports event notification yes
System user notified of rules-based events/Notification methods supported yes/pop-up windows, e-mail, pager, audio/visual device
Automation routes determined by user-defined rules yes
Middleware supports test-based load balancing across instruments yes
Events that lead to automation routes being dynamically updated
Audit trail of route a sample has taken yes
Laboratory automation system interfaces Abbott, A&T Corp.
Middleware interfaces with noninstrument automation devices yes
Back-end specimen storage and retrieval tracking yes
System allows management of inst. & automation device maintenance records yes
• System provides alerts when an instrument needs maintenance yes
System provides LIS downtime functions/System allows manual order entry yes/yes
System generates downtime specimen ID/Algorithm for ID user definable yes/yes
Quality control module/Interfaces to third-party quality control packages yes/yes (Bio-Rad Unity Real Time, others)
System supports multi-rule quality control yes
System supports moving averages or average of normals yes
Users can customize screens/Users can define custom fields yes/yes
Users can populate custom fields via user-defined rules yes
Screen has image support for any type of image yes
Users can design own reports/Report-generation software used yes/ODBC compliant
LOINC can be used to ID tests when communicating with LIS yes
Methods by which users can tailor middleware in their own setting
Types of system training available/On-site consulting classroom, on-site/yes
Smallest cost for hardware/software/annual maintenance
Largest cost for hardware/software/annual maintenance
Fee for additional users
Cost for cloud-based or similar products/services
Distinguishing features of middleware (supplied by company)

• a foundational rule set that can scale to complex, customizable rule development
• scalability through connectivity to multi-departments, multi-sites, multi-LISs, more
• autoverification, moving averages, other consulting services via implementation and support team

*based on January 2013 survey deadline Note: a dash in lieu of an answer means company did not answer question or question is not applicable
Tabulation does not represent an endorsement by the College of American Pathologists.