Healthcare E-business Heats Up

Oracle helps startups, IBM looks ahead, and more.
Joseph RadiganFebruary 7, 2001

PeopleSoft Introduces Healthcare ASP

PeopleSoft Inc. and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young introduced HealtheValue, a package of E-business healthcare applications, which will be delivered through PeopleSoft’s eCenter Application Service Provider.

The software allows healthcare organizations to collect and share data in supply chain management, automate the purchasing process, and integrate financial applications with the procurement process.

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The two companies will also jointly sell human resources, benefits administration, payroll, purchasing, receiving, inventory control, general ledger, and accounts payable systems to healthcare organizations.

Lawson Finds a Healthcare Client

Lawson Software has teamed up with Sun Microsystems and Digex Inc. to provide Sutter Health, a non-profit healthcare network, with an E-procurement system. The Lawson.insight Service is hosted by Digex, a Web and application hosting service provider, and runs on Sun’s Solaris 8 operating system and servers. The system can be used to search online catalogs, find real-time pricing updates, and purchase products.

A Sutter Health official says the firm expects to save roughly $250,000 annually from lower transaction costs and by outsourcing the computer support for its procurement process.

Lawson’s E-procurement system links XML, HTML, EDI, e-mail, and fax communications with digital marketplaces to reduce fulfillment time and costs.

Oracle Goes Global

Oracle said on Tuesday that its VentureNetwork, which it launched a year ago in Europe, is being extended to the rest of the world. Reuters described the Web-based initiative as part B2B marketplace and part online incubator for technology start-ups. It aims to place start-ups in touch with venture capital, provide professional services to help ventures develop, and promote Oracle technology.

The VentureNetwork will be funded by Oracle’s $400 million annual worldwide marketing budget.

Bits and Bytes

  • Reuters reported that an IBM executive told an investor conference Tuesday that the company’s server group could see strong results in the calendar fourth quarter of 2001. Bill Zeitler, senior vice president and group executive for the server group, said the company is focusing on technology, its approach to applications, and simplicity as part of its E-server strategy. He spoke at a conference sponsored by Banc of America Securities.
  • FlexiInternational Software, a developer of Internet-based financial and accounting software, promoted Frank Grywalski to president and chief operating officer. Grywalski, who had been executive vice president and chief operating officer, will report to Stefan Bothe, the company’s chairman and CEO. Bothe had also held the president’s title.
  • Sun Microsystems outlined its strategy for integrating Web-based services among high-power servers, home computers, and handheld devices, called the Open Net Environment, or Sun ONE. Sun officials said customers such as Deutsche Bank and France Telecom are already planning to deploy parts of the new technology, which will be fully available by next year.
  • Great Plains rolled out a 32-bit version, release 9.0, of its Classic Accounting system. The upgrade features color-coded data-lookup and entry fields, and it also provides clear records in vendor history reporting.