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Cortex Medical Management Systems, Cortex Gold (AP Systems 2018)

Cortex Medical Management Systems, Cortex Gold (AP Systems 2018)

Anatomic pathology computer systems, February 2018

Contact Information

Cortex Medical Management Systems
Carrie Cohen
Seattle, WA

Name of anatomic pathology system Cortex Gold
Configuration of AP system available as a standalone system designed to interface with any LIS or EHR and as a dedicated Cortex module
Year company began selling AP systems (any brand or model) 1986
Most recent installation of this AP system* December 2017
Last major product release or update for featured AP system* August 2017 (version V10 SP2 FP10)
Total No. of contracts for sites operating AP system 52
• No. of sales of this system between Dec. 2016–Nov. 2017 2
No. of sites operating AP system in U.S./Outside U.S. 52
Market AP systems outside the U.S. no
• Foreign locations in which system installed
No. of employees in entire company/Focused solely on AP systems development, installation, support 12/4
Provide list of client sites to potential customers on request yes (with client approval)
Clients restricted from sharing their experience with company or software no
Range in No. of surgical pathology cases per year in installed sites 3,000–100,000+
Range in No. of gynecologic cytology cases per year in installed sites 4,000–150,000+
Programming languages Visual Basic .Net
Databases and tools SQL server
Operating systems Microsoft SQL server
• Surgical pathology information system/Cytology information system installed/installed
• Autopsy information system/Autopsy measurements, organ weights installed/installed
• Specimen log-in/Ability to scan and store manual requisitions installed/installed
• Specimen tracking/Specimen storage and retrieval under development/—
• Entry of block IDs installed
• Specimen labels/Histology slide labels installed/installed
• Barcoded slide labels/Barcoded cassettes installed/installed
• Linear barcodes/Two-dimensional barcodes installed/installed
• Histology worksheets installed
• Word processing—vendor specific installed
• Voice entry of gross description/Voice entry of final diagnosis installed/—
• Gross images integrated in reports installed
• Microscopic images integrated in reports installed
• Electronic signature installed
• Remote printing of completed reports/Direct fax reports installed/installed
• Web-based remote inquiry of reports installed
• Physician Web access for order entry
• Natural language search capability installed
• Multi-site or multi-facility–wide area network installed
• Sound-alike retrieval of patient history
• Tumor registry reports/Management reports installed/installed
• Reports sufficient to comply with CLIA ’88 regulations installed
• Comprehensive billing and AR/Interface to external billing system installed/installed
• Inbound result-reporting interface to receive discrete results from an external lab and store them in patient record installed
• EHR interface: admissions/discharge/transfer (ADT) installed
• EHR interface: result reporting/Report sent to EHR as PDF for clinician installed/installed
• EHR interface: incoming clinical results installed
• Partin tables/Gleason score calculations installed/installed
• Synoptic reporting for microscopic examination/For gross examination installed/installed
• CAP electronic cancer checklists automatically embedded
• Client services module/Consult management and reporting installed/installed
• LIS manager or lab employee can create ad hoc reports accessing all data elements in AP system installed
• Lab can define and modify schedule under which management and patient reports are automatically compiled and run installed
• Business analytics and management dashboard installed
• Support for molecular testing and reporting installed
Percentage of sites using result-reporting interfaces to external systems based on transmission of fully formatted (e.g., PDF or CDA) results 95%
Software provides indexed field in each test definition for LOINC code no
AP system supports use of SNOMED CT for all cases
System can auto. send tumor diagnoses to regional or state tumor registry yes
Other lab-related vendor systems to which software has an interface Epic, Meditech, Cerner, Halfpenny, Atlas, Orchard, others
Voice-recognition products or partners that system uses Voicebrook, Nuance Dragon, others
Whole slide imaging systems that interface to AP system
Human languages (other than English) offered on system
Client receives copy of source code escrow
User group that meets on established schedule yes (meets in person)
Methods by which users can tailor AP system in their own setting
Standard software maintenance fee covers periodic system updates yes
Fee for software modifications to comply with federal regs and laws no charge (standard)
Functionality provided via ASP or cloud-based data center available as a local server or an ASP or cloud-based product (client’s option)
Total cost for smallest existing standalone AP system installation** $7,500
Total cost for largest existing standalone AP system installation** $300,000
Distinguishing product features (supplied by company) • 35+ years specializing in anatomic pathology with LIS and laboratory billing • integrated medical billing module available • commitment to customer service and clients’ success
*based on December 2017 survey deadline
**total cost includes hardware, software, installation, and training
Note: a dash in lieu of an answer means company did not answer question or question is not applicable
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