Quarterly Announcements - Q1 2016

2015 Recap / 2016 Outlook

Clearwater, Florida (January 27, 2016) — Gilbert Hakim, SCC’s CEO, is pleased to provide this quarterly update.

SCC had an action-packed year in 2015 with an increase in both domestic and international projects.  We are turning the calendar page into 2016 with optimism about meeting the continued challenges and opportunities within our growing international client base.

With our expanding global footprint and resulting increase in support staff, we are energized about leveraging these gains across our entire organization to benefit our clients here in North America and around the globe – both within our functionality and support.  Our overseas expansion is enabling SCC to augment our award-winning world-class support to better serve you.

SCC will be rolling out SoftLab® 4.0.8 and our 4.5.4 Suite in early 2016.  We will be strategizing methodologies to ensure that our clients are receiving the level of functionality they’ve come to expect as SCC meets the responsibility of being the world’s largest laboratory and genetics software vendor with more than 1,800 staff members dedicated to LIS development.

We will be launching several new initiatives in 2016 in our continued efforts to anticipate and meet the vision of where healthcare industry experts see the laboratory moving forward—with increasing genetics testing and global information sharing—to ensure that our clients have the information management tools they need to work efficiently, remain competitive, and leverage themselves to maximize the value of their laboratory and genetics information systems.

As we start a new year, I would like to offer my sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of SCC’s valued clients for your continued support and for providing SCC the opportunity to be your LIS and genetics information management system vendor of choice.  SCC would not be where we are today without your confidence in us.  Because of you, SCC is setting the standard for healthcare information technology.  We continue to be an industry leader because of partnerships with our valued clients.  Thank you for choosing SCC Soft Computer as your LIS vendor and for the critical, lifesaving work you perform every day.  We are proud to share this journey with you and look forward to many more years of mutual success.

Product releases: Q4 2015 update

Clearwater, Florida (January 27, 2016)—SCC Soft Computer is pleased to provide this status update regarding our Q4 2015 product releases.

During fourth quarter 2015, SCC’s product releases included shipping the following products:

·         SA Inst

·         SA HIS

·         SoftA/R®

·         SoftBank®

·         SoftDonor®

·         SoftGene 3.2.19 (general Genetics Suite product release)

·         SoftID.Tx

·         SoftPath®

·         SoftReports®

·         SoftWebPlus®

SCC Soft Computer continues our strong commitment to R&D and meeting the technological needs of our client base.

Please click here to review the release notes for each of these products; contact your Account Executive to discuss how these products can help your facility.

All aboard the EDS I-Train … Get on track with learning!

Clearwater, Florida (January 27, 2016)—SCC Soft Computer’s award-winning Educational Services (EDS) team is pleased to announce new courseware offerings on the EDS I-Train, your “stop” on the EDS Ed-Train for self-directed online courses.  These self-directed e-learning courses enable you (and your staff) to learn at your own pace, anytime / anywhere.  Designed for self-motivated learners, SCC's online courses provide a self-directed interactive learning experience.

Click here to learn more.


Short courses for LIS Administrators

Are you new to the position of LIS Administrator?
The following short courses, which are available at no cost, can help jumpstart your transition into your new role.

·      Routine Systems Maintenance v4.0

·      Multisite Overview

·      Intro to MOM (message oriented middleware) – Coming Soon

·      Intro to HL7 – Coming Soon


LIS Administrator (LIS Admin) Training
An e-Learning course from SCC Soft Computer

SCC’s popular LIS Admin class has been converted from an instructor-led class conducted at our corporate headquarters in Florida to a self-directed e-learning course.  To address our clients’ needs, in early 2015 we started introducing elements of the new e-learning course into the existing instructor-led class, and we received excellent feedback that we’ve used in the design of the courseware for this essential class.

This new self-directed e-learning course includes an electronic version of the LIS Admin training manual for all clients who take the course.  The training manual provides reference material and exercises that clients can easily access to reinforce the courseware.  Additionally, this course includes three to six months of SCC-hosted e-mail support.

This course is designed for LIS Administrators, LIS assistants and backups, and key personnel from your site who perform advanced functions. Click here for more information and the course brochure.

SCC’s new LIS Admin e-Learning course is a single purchase that can be utilized by unlimited users within each client facility.  Whether you incorporate a “train the trainer” methodology or enable 24/7 access for your users, there are no additional fees.  Please contact your SCC Client Relationship Manager to request a proposal.

SNUG Update

Clearwater, Florida (January 27, 2016)—On behalf of the Soft Network Users Group and the 2015/2016 SNUG Executive Board, SCC Soft Computer—SNUG 2016 Diamond Sponsor—is pleased to provide this status update regarding SNUG 2016, SNUG’s 24th annual conference, meeting, and expo.

The theme for 2016 is Champions by Design · Going for the Gold.  In 2016, SNUG is celebrating the Olympics spirit and what it means to be champions—by design—as we go for the gold in healthcare information technology … together.

The 2016 SNUG conference is April 17 – 21 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort on Clearwater Beach, Florida.

We hope that you’re planning to join us for four days of excellent educational and networking opportunities.  SNUG 2016 offers sessions for professionals from every level in your organization, including lab managers, LIS managers and administrators, IS/IT staff, supervisors, pathologists, and lab techs.  We encourage you to send as many attendees as possible from your organization so your entire team can benefit.

The SNUG Annual Committee and SCC are working hard to plan an event that will provide your facility a return on investment that will far outweigh the cost of your attendance.  Developed directly from feedback gathered from surveys sent to SCC users, the conference is designed to ensure that you leave with the knowledge and tools necessary to increase your efficiency.  Downloadable reference materials will be available online prior to the conference at www.snuginconline.org.

Active SNUG members receive a significant discount on the registration fee for the annual conference.
Please note that the annual SNUG membership is per Soft production environment; the conference fee is per attendee.

For pricing and more information about SNUG membership, including a downloadable brochure that outlines membership benefits, please visit SNUG’s website.

The SNUG 2016 conference hotel, the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, is offering a special rate for attendees.  The deadline for reserving rooms at the special conference rate is March 17, 2016.  For more information, click the Hotel link on the Conference Info page of SNUG’s website.

For more information about the annual SNUG conference, please visit the SNUG Conference Info page at http://www.snuginconline.org/conference.php.  We hope to see you in April on spectacular Clearwater Beach!

Key Conference Dates

SNUG 2016 will be here before you know it.  Mark your calendar with the following key dates:

·      April 17 – 21 | SNUG 2016

·      Monday, February 29 | Early registration deadline
Register on or before this date to be entered into a drawing for a $600 Best Buy gift card.

·      Thursday, March 17 | Hotel reservations due
This is the deadline for reserving rooms at the special SNUG conference rate.

·      Thursday, March 17 | Conference cancellations and giveaway deadlines
Cancel in writing with no penalty on or before this date.
Register on or before this date to be guaranteed SNUG SWAG.

·      April 2016 | Hotel cancellations
Cancel your room with no penalty 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival.

As the various conference dates and deadlines approach, SNUG will send reminders.

Certification Criteria and MU Stage/Year

Clearwater, Florida (January 27, 2016) — SCC’s Regulatory Affairs department is pleased to provide this quarterly update.

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), health information technology certified to the 2014 Edition Health Information Technologyi certification criteria can be used by clients attesting to Modified Meaningful Use Stage 2 or Meaningful Use Stage 3 in 2016 and 2017.

·  Clients need to use the certified technology for one full calendar year in order to attest.

·  Clients may use 2014 Edition certified Health IT for Meaningful Use attestation through 2017.

SCC’s SoftLab® 4.0.7 and 4.5.4 are both 2014 Edition Health Information Technology certified and can be used through 2017.ii

SCC is reviewing the certification criteria and test cases for the 2015 Edition Health Information Technology certification criteria to determine the feasibility of seeking certification for the 2015 Edition.

As SCC becomes aware of new information, we will share this with our clients.  Watch for updates in the near future.

i This was formerly known as 2014 Edition EHR (Electronic Health Record) Technology.

ii That is, unless CMS changes this.


Join Us...

Clearwater Florida (January 27, 2016)—SCC is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the following trade shows during first and second quarters (Q1 and Q2) 2016.

Contact us for exhibit hours and to arrange for a private meeting or demonstration.


CHIME CIO Forum (during HIMSS 2016)

Sands Expo | Las Vegas, Nevada | February 28 – 29

HIMSS 2016 (Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society)

Sands Expo | Las Vegas, Nevada | February 29 – March 3

ACMG 2016 | Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting

Tampa Convention Center | Tampa, Florida | March 9 – 11

CLMA Knowledge Lab 2016 (Clinical Laboratory Management Association)

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort | Orlando, Florida | March 21 – 22

SNUG 2016 | 24th Annual Soft Network User Group Healthcare Information Technology Summit & Expo

Sheraton Sand Key Resort | Clearwater Beach, Florida | April 18 – 21

Executive War College

Sheraton New Orleans | New Orleans, Louisiana | April 26 – 27

Pathology Informatics Summit 2016

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | May 24 – 25

This is SCC’s preliminary trade show schedule for Q1 and Q2 2016.  We will post additional information regarding each show as it becomes available.  You can also visit our website at http://www.softcomputer.com/news-events/events/ to see where we’ll be in 2016 so you can schedule a demonstration of SCC’s laboratory and genetics information system solutions with one of our experts.

We hope to see you when we’re on the road this year.

SCC Webinars: What’s planned so far for 2016

Clearwater, Florida (January 27, 2016)—SCC Soft Computer is pleased to report the following product-specific webinars planned for 2016 and hosted by SCC.

Q1 2016 | SCC software delivery webinar

During Q1 2016, we are planning a software delivery webinar, presented by Viktor Churilov, SCC’s Director of Process Improvement.  Still in the development stages, this webinar will include topics such as SCC’s new software terminology and naming conventions.

As this topic gels, we will send an announcement with details.


Q1 2016 | SCC product-specific webinars

Later in Q1 2016, SCC will showcase several products in webinars designed specifically to expand our clients’ ability to not only utilize and maximize their current laboratory and genetics information management software applications but also to showcase new enhancements and functionality utilized throughout our international client base.

As we roll into 2016, watch for announcements for webinars on SCC products that include the following:

·  SoftID®—SCC’s positive patient identification/collection solution

·  SoftID.Tx—SCC’s positive patient transfusion administration system

·  SoftTotalQC®—SCC’s total quality control system

·  SoftBI® business intelligence solution


We welcome any client who has an effective technique or workflow that they believe would be advantageous or of interest to other SCC clients to please contact Jeff Marr at jeffreym@softcomputer.com.  Sharing your ideas, best practices, and lessons learned with other SCC clients helps us continue to ensure that our client base has every tool necessary to get the most from their SCC laboratory and genetics information management software applications.